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Dennie Wolf will Participate in a Session for the League of American Orchestras on July 15th

On July 15th from 2pm - 4pm EST, Dennie Wolf, with Lee Ann Norman of the League of American Orchestras, will co-facilitate a session for youth orchestras featuring National Orchestral Institute and Festival’s (NOI+F) bold new project. NOI + F, supported through the League's Futures Fund, has commissioned emerging BIPOC composers to write works for musicians as young as elementary school.

Dr. Thomas Wolf Will be Leading Narrated Concerts Based on his Award-Winning Book, The Nightingale’s Sonata

In July, Dr. Thomas Wolf will be leading a narrated concert told in music, words, and photographs based on his latest award-winning book as part of the Montana Chamber Music Society’s Summer Music Festival and the Kingston Chamber Music Festival. The Nightingale’s Sonata is the story of Lea Luboshutz, a Russian violinist who escaped the Bolsheviks with two of her three children and proceeded to be a concert soloist in Germany, France, and the United States, where she ultimately made a home in Philadelphia.

Dennie Palmer Wolf Participates in an Arts Education Town Hall

Join the Be An #ArtsHero team as we discuss the creative economy and our work as an organization, with a focus on our arts education advocacy efforts. With the help of our guests, we will discuss how Covid-19 has impacted schools, learning, and arts education programming, with specific focus on equity of access, learning loss & the benefits of arts integration, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), and more!

Dennie Palmer Wolf Speaks at the 3rd International Social Prescribing Network Conference

Dennie Wolf will be presenting with Carnegie Hall colleagues at the 3rd International Social Prescribing Network Conference: Social prescribing & community – beyond the pandemic. (Social prescribing connects people with chronic conditions (PTSD, depression, lonliness, addiction, anger management) to different types of community support, including social events, fitness classes, evidence-based arts therapies and experiences, as well as social services.)

Steven Holochwost Speaks at the Inaugural Sound Health Network Webinar

The conversation featured Jefri Franks, a mother and music therapy advocate, who experienced first hand the power of music during her daughter's treatment of cancer. She was joined by Sheri Robb, a music therapist, researcher and a member of the leadership team at the SHN and Steven Holochwost, a developmental psychologist and musician who spoke to the biological markers used to track the effectiveness of music therapy.

Creative Generation and WolfBrown Edit a Special Edition of Arts Education Policy Review: ACE in Crisis

In this special edition of Arts Education Policy Review, Dennie Palmer Wolf and co-editor, Jeff Poulin of Creative Generation, bring together a variety of perspectives from community-based arts organizations around the world to highlight and reflect upon the ways in which they, their organizations, their localities, and the youth they serve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic between March - September of 2020.

West Chester University, in Partnership with WolfBrown, to Receive $149,819 Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

West Chester, PA —West Chester University, in partnership with WolfBrown in Cambridge, MA, has been approved for a $149,819 NEA Research Lab award to support the founding of the Research on Equity via the Arts in Childhood (REACH) Lab. This project will support a group of studies to trace the potential effects of various musical interventions on early childhood development.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to welcome West Chester University and its partners into the network of labs across the country that are doing important work in this very challenging year,” said Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar. “West Chester University is among research institutions that have pledged to investigate the impact of the arts on greater society.”

New Results from the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

See the latest results from the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor in Alan Brown's December Executive Briefing.

Dr. Thomas Wolf Publishes Scenario Planning Versus Paradigm Planning in a Crisis

In his new essay, Dr. Thomas Wolf reflects on his experiences working on scenario planning and paradigm planning with Play On Philly as well as the importance of this planning during COVID-19.

WolfBrown and the Bernard van Leer Foundation Publish a New Literature and Landscape Review: Making Joyful Noise

The report explores the role that music might play in building a world in which young families thrive. At its heart is this idea: music matters because it fosters relationships, exercises a range of emotions, builds expressive skills including language, sparks learning, and preserves and celebrates cultural heritage and a sense of belonging. It works across people, activities, and settings, offering a promising, and too often underused, resource for mutual ties and human development.

Dennie Palmer Wolf is Honored by the Association of Teaching Artists

Dennie Palmer Wolf has received the Association of Teaching Artists’ Teaching Artistry Ally Award. The Teaching Artist Ally Award is given to a professional or organization integral to the work of teaching artists.

Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor - Update

 It’s been nearly a month since we announced the Covid-19 Audience Outlook Monitor and there is much to report. What germinated in early March as a vague idea about the need to hear from audiences about their feelings about going out again to cultural events has blossomed into an international tracking study of a proportion we never could have imagined.