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News, Announcements, and Current Projects

Thomas Wolf Releases His Newest Book, The Nightingale's Sonata
Spanning generations, from the shores of the Black Sea to the glittering concert halls of New York, The Nightingale's Sonata is a richly woven tapestry centered around violin virtuoso Lea Luboshutz. 

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A message from Sanuja Goonetilleke in the Cambridge Office of WolfBrown
As of June 14, I will be leaving the US, and therefore, my role here at WolfBrown. In order to be closer to my family, I will be moving to South or South East Asia. I am very grateful to have known, worked with, and learned from you all. Thank you, and I look forward to reading about the inspiring and imperative work WolfBrown and clients will continue to engage in.

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TYA Today Publishes a New Article on WolfBrown's Research with The New Victory Theater
The article, "Giving Voice to Young Audiences", discusses the takeaways from 5-year research endeavor for The New Victory Theater's Schools with the Performing Arts Reach Kids (SPARK) program.

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Taking Note: Parsing Rigor in Arts Education Studies
Steven Holochwost offers his thoughts on rigor in arts education research in a new blog post for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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Tom Wolf Develops New On-Line Courses For Philanthropy University

“I learned as much as my students did the first time around,” said Tom Wolf, who teaches three of the seven new courses Philanthropy University will offer: Introduction to Fundraising; Fundraising: Connecting with Donors; and Fundraising Strategies. Read more in "How far can online learning take local capacity building?"
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Americans for the Arts Releases New Publication Featuring Dennie Palmer Wolf

On March 11, at its Emerging Arts Leaders Symposium, Americans for the Arts released a new publication, Cyclical Mentorship in Arts Education Leadership: Insights from Emerging and Veteran Leaders.

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New Publication in Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities

Steven Holochwost, Dennie Palmer Wolf, Kelly Fisher, Kerry O'Grady, and Kristen Gagnier's work has just been published as "The Arts and Socioemotional Development: Evaluating a New Mandate for Arts Education" in the edited volume Arts Evaluation and Assessment: Measuring Impact in Schools and Communities. more>>
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Performing Arts Ticket Buyer Media Usage Study
Results of a Survey of North American Ticket Buyers by WolfBrown and Capacity Interactive.
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Building Strengths, Buffering Risk: Evaluating the Effects of El Sistema-Inspired Music Programs in the United States
This report on the musical and socioemotional impact of becoming a young musician in an El Sistema-inspired ensemble is the result of a two-year study by the Longy School of Music of Bard College and WolfBrown.
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In Order to Flourish: Musical Pathways, Opportunities to Build and Questions to Ask
This document sketches out the processes that support -- and challenge -- young musicians seeking to enter the field of classical music, from early childhood through young adult professional lives.
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Lullaby: Being Together, Being Well
Since 2011, Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute has pioneered a lullaby program that pairs skilled musicians with expectant or recent mothers, many of whom are raising young families under stressful conditions: single parenthood, temporary housing, or incarceration. This report by Dennie Palmer Wolf shares early, qualitative findings from 10 lullaby projects in the New York City region. more >>
The Socioemotional Benefits of the Arts: A New Mandate for Arts Education
New research, commissioned by the William Penn Foundation and conducted by WolfBrown and Johns Hopkins University, examines the impact and potential benefits of the arts on students and suggests that participation in the arts supports the development of specific traits that can help students achieve future success. The study also explores students' engagement in school in relation to their access to arts education. more >>

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Of questions and canyons
Dennie Palmer Wolf's essay is one of 15 essays published in The Teacher You Want to Be: Essays about Children, Learning, and Teaching. This collection of essays explores questions about education stimulated by the remarkable pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. more >>
Four Keys to Cultivating a Donor
Featured in Guidestar's October 2015 newsletter, this article by Dr. Thomas Wolf discusses four key concepts for successful donor cultivation. more >>

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No. 32 | published 2017
Deserving of Trust: Helping A Nonprofit Board Toward Good Governance
Good governance starts with accurate self-diagnosis. How is this done? Who does it? Who has the credibility to convince the majority of board members that such actions are necessary? These questions and more are explored in the latest volume of Sounding Board.  more >>
 
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