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Art in Times Like These

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

A panel recalls the power of art in challenging times. In the midst of a deep economic recession, arts and media organizations around the country are tightening their belts and struggling to survive these challenging times. And yet it is during times like these when artists' work becomes even more critical. It is artists' ideas, energy, and spirit that provide joy and hope when so many are struggling. It is their inspiration and creativity that lead communities to imagine and achieve a different world.

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Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
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Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
Marc_Bamuthi_Joseph.jpg
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's leading voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of *Smithsonian Magazine* after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary *Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices* and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists." Mr. Joseph's next project, red black and green: a blues performatively documents the eco-equity movement towards green collar jobs in Black neighborhoods. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival for Literary Arts. He is the visionary behind Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate underused parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action.
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Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
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Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
Sara_Simonson.jpg
Sara Simonson is managing director of Art21, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating the creative process of today's visual artists through the production of documentary media and educational resources. Art21's flagship project is its Peabody Award-winning television series, *Art21- Art in the Twenty-First Century*, which is broadcast nationally in primetime on PBS. Sara earned her BA in Art History and Film Studies from Stanford University, and her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where she specialized in Entertainment and Media Strategy. She has also worked on primetime network television series including *24*, *Friday Night Lights*, and Brian Grazer's *Imagine Television*. Sara studied film and video production at the New School and New York University, and her short films and visual art have been included in juried exhibitions at Stanford. She received the Lorenz Eitner Award in Art and Art History at Stanford, and was a John and Edith Titley Fellow at UCLA Anderson.
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