The nonprofit Black Violin Foundation (BVF) works with youth in their communities by providing access to quality music programs that encourage creativity. The organization’s long-term goal is to empower youth to color outside the lines and push the boundaries of music through innovation. Through its Musical Innovation Grant, BVF awards scholarships of up to $1,000 biannually to youth who would like to continue their musical education through a program of their liking that fosters musical creativity and innovation. Programs can range from private lessons to summer music camps to college courses. Black Violin will also connect personally with scholarship recipients to provide encouragement and support. BVF is an extension of the vision of hip-hop artists Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste. As young musicians, during school they would study classical compositions, but after school they would play Tupac, Wu-tang, and whatever else was hot at the time. The blending of genres fused with their classical training gives Black Violin their unique sound. Their mission is to help up-and-coming musicians foster creativity to make music in a way that’s never been made before.
On August 26, 2020, the National Women’s History Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a full day of programming that will include two virtual“Determined to Rise”: Women’s Historical Activism for Equal Rights panel discussion events.
With many K–12 schools moving to a hybrid learning model this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom is adding new features designed to help teachers manage virtual classrooms. The free Zoom for Education plan includes more control over virtual classroom views.