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.
The 1619 podcast, part of the 1619 Project from The New YorkTimes, begins with the sound of surf and seagulls along the coast of Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia, where, 400 years ago, in a ship called White Lion, enslaved African people arrived for the first time in what became the United States.
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000 scholarships to extraordinary young people, aged 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. To date, more than $7.8 million has been awarded to 346 brilliant young people. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and Outside the Box.
Ken Burns, who has used archival footage and photographs to tell uniquely American stories, has launched a new site for educators called Ken Burns in the Classroom on PBS LearningMedia. The site is an online destination for free teaching and learning resources inspired by his documentaries.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.