FRESH TALK: How can the arts inspire environmental advocacy?

Artists across disciplines and around the globe are creating works in response to climate change and other environmental issues. Join a conversation examining the question: Can the arts communicate data and scientific evidence in ways that inspire advocacy or change attitudes and behaviors?

Followed by Sunday Supper, table-talk, and communal supper served family style.


  • Ruth Little, associate director of Cape Farewell
  • Miranda Massie, director of the Climate Museum
  • Jacqui Patterson, director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP
  • Laura Turner Seydel, chairperson of Captain Planet Foundation
  • Moderated by Kari Fulton, award-winning environmental justice advocate and new media journalist
  • Video welcome by Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and current President of the Foundation/Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice


Required. $25 general admission; $20 members, seniors, students. Price includes museum admission and Sunday Supper. Exhibition galleries open to attendees before program.

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FRESH TALK: Ann Hamilton and Emily Pilloton—How can makers change the world?

Ann Hamilton, an internationally renowned visual artist and self-described maker, joins Emily Pilloton, designer, builder, and educator, to talk about the relevance of hands-on learning and how the experience of making things can inspire the next generation of innovators and creative change makers.

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201 Artists You Should Remember This International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, the Huffingtonpost revived an article they initially wrote in 2016. The article is an in-depth profile of the 201 artists that should be remembered.

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Freedom Day: April 13, 2017

National Freedom Day honors the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation’s constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who was the president at the time, signed the resolution to outlaw slavery.

The National Constitution Center will honor Freedom Day on April 13, 2007. The lineup of featured speakers includes:

  • Mark Thompson, CEO, The New York Times
  • Gary Rosen, Editor, WSJ Weekend Review, Wall Street Journal
  • George F. Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist
  • Susan N. Herman, President, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Judge Jeremy Fogel, Director, Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC
  • Judge Timothy Tymkovich, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • Judge R. Guy Cole Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Caroline Fredrickson, President, American Constitution Society
  • Lee Otis,
  • Norm Ornstein, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, “The Broken Branch”
  • John Malcolm, Director, Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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The Constitution and the federal budget process

The state of the federal budget will be a hot topic of discussion as the new Trump administration and a Republican-controlled Congress set spending priorities in a contentious Washington environment. Here’s a brief look from Constitution Daily at the constitutional roots of this process.

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Economist Article: How to teach citizenship in schools

From The Economist:

IN 2012 David Souter, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, argued that the greatest threat to American democracy was neither a foreign invasion nor a military coup, but ignorance about how government functions. “An ignorant people can never remain a free people,” he said, referring to Thomas Jefferson, “and democracy cannot survive too much ignorance”. People become willing to hand power to a strongman who promises to solve all their problems. “That is how the Roman Republic fell…That is the way democracy dies, and if something is not done to improve the level of civic knowledge, that is what you should worry about.”

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S and R Foundation

Announcing Halcyon: A New Nonprofit Organization Devoted to the Power of Human Creativity

Co-Founders Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Kate Goodall are delighted to announce the launch of Halcyon, a new public nonprofit* evolved from S&R Foundation, a private foundation that supports a diverse group of changemakers in art, science, and social enterprise. Arising from the Foundation’s success, Halcyon will now operate independently, with Goodall at the helm as CEO.

“I am thrilled to join with Kate Goodall, and our phenomenal founding board, as we introduce Halcyon, building upon S&R’s commitment to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship and expanding our impact in the community,” said a founding board member Dr. Sachiko Kuno, who will continue to serve as President of S&R Foundation.

Halcyon will steward the Halcyon Incubator and a unique new suite of programs and events dedicated to artistic innovation. In total, its programs and signature event are:

  • Halcyon Incubator – Equipping early-stage social entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures, and change the world
  • Halcyon Arts Lab – A robust fellowship supporting emerging artists with bold ideas of how art and creativity can be forces for social impact.
  • Halcyon Stage – A performance series led by Artistic Director Septime Webre that pushes the boundaries of artistic expression with eclectic remixes of traditional arts
  • Halcyon Dialogue – a series of high-level discussions among global leaders, experts and innovators, focused on 21st Century challenges and their broad implications for global society.
  • Halcyon Awards Gala – Recognizing masterclass luminaries who have dedicated their lives to affecting positive social change in the arts, business or policy.

Through this mix of programs, Halcyon continues the spirit of S&R Foundation’s mission with a singular focus on social impact through education, business and art.

“Halcyon is devoted to the potential of human creativity, and its power to create a better world for us all,” said CEO Kate Goodall. “We bring together diverse groups of changemakers in science, art, and social enterprise and provide them safe haven and community for their bold ideas to take flight.”

Joining Dr. Kuno as Founding board members for Halcyon include an exciting array of visionaries, replete with business acumen and creative sensibilities, who will help steward the nonprofit starting in mid-March.

  • Teresa Carlson (Amazon Web Services)
  • Michelle Freeman (Carl M. Freeman Companies and Monumental Sports & Entertainment)
  • Sheila C. Johnson (Salamander Hotels & Resorts, Monumental Sports & Entertainment)
  • Frank LaPrade (Capital One Financial Corporation)
  • Kevin Lavin (Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP)
  • Jodie McLean (EDENS)
  • Carol Melton (Time Warner)

Halcyon will continue to grow the Founding Board over the course of 2017. They will join an honorary board of S&R alumni supporters.

Headquartered in Georgetown’s historic Halcyon House, Halcyon’s local outreach in the District includes:

  • a longstanding partnership providing enrichment for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington
  • a mentoring program for high school social entrepreneurs in partnership with LearnServe International
  • a mentoring program through the Halcyon Arts Lab that pairs artist fellows with DC high school students through a partnership with DC Prep
  • a wide array of free performances and community programs in conjunction with Halcyon Stage, including pop-up shows at Union Market, a meet and great with Misty Copeland for the young dancers at the ARC, and a hip hop workshop and festival for D.C. high school students

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Preorder the New Studio Album from the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

Pre-order of بيت home בית. You get 3 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released

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iCivics was proudly named among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company

On February 13, 2017, iCivics – the civic education nonprofit founded by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor – was proudly named among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. The ranking honors leading enterprises and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in nimble business and impact-driven innovation.

In just under 8 years, iCivics has become the leading digital civics education site in the nation. By pairing game-based learning with a high-quality curriculum, iCivics helps students understand – and gain interest for– our government systems. All in a non-partisan way, and for free. Young people learn best by doing: simulations allow young people to BE the president, to BE a judge, to BE a community activist fighting for local change. The demand for high-quality and teacher-friendly civics resources that work is growing fast. As the 2016 election year culminated, iCivics games were played over 5.2 Million times – a ground-breaking record.

“This election cycle and this presidency are generating significant attention, not only from adults, but also from students,” said Louise Dubé, iCivics’ Executive Director. “We are honored that Fast Company has included us among the companies that are truly changing the world.”