Vijay Gupta, a distinguished El Sistema-connected teaching artist, was asked to give the most prestigious annual lecture on the arts in the U.S.: The Nancy Hanks Lecture, presented during the Americans for the Arts Annual Conference. The lecture draws worldwide attention; it is very rare to see it delivered by a teaching artist. Vijay was a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a MacArthur “genius award” winner, founder of Street Symphony, and a faculty member at the Master of Arts in Teaching Program of Longy School of Music. View his speech here—it is a powerful statement about the value and necessity of our work.
Two prominent blog posts by teaching artists resonate with Gupta’s lecture. Kadenze, the world’s largest online platform for arts learning, reported a tenfold increase in course registrations in the first weeks of the pandemic. In their K Blog, they have posted strong writing by arts-for-social-change leaders that shares their view of how the crisis is impacting their students in Australia and the U.S. The writers are Scott Rankin (CEO and Co-Creative Director of Big hART, Australia’s leading arts and social change organization) and James Miles (Executive Director of Arts Corps in Seattle, one of the nation’s most respected arts learning programs).