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Music can be a basic need, too

Posted on Apr 9, 2018, by

When the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the newVoices choir take to the stage at Lawrence University Chapel April 28, some of the audience members most informed about the John Rutter compositions “Requiem” and “The Gift of Life” they’ll be performing may also be among the youngest people there. They will have had the benefit […]

Grant will put Neenah history in students’ hands

Posted on Mar 1, 2018, by

By Jane Lang Executive Director, Neenah Historical Society One of the greatest frustrations our local teachers have expressed to members of the Neenah Historical Society over the past few years is the lack of pertinent, grade-appropriate, local history to share with their students. With the help of a $3,500 Bright Idea Fund grant from the […]

Best-selling author joins Bubolz dedication

Posted on Feb 22, 2018, by

Richard Louv, the author of the best-seller “Last Child in the Woods” and inventor of the term “nature-deficit disorder,” will be on hand for the grand opening of Bubolz Nature Preserve’s new 18,000-square-foot nature center building on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22. Louv, whose work includes “The Nature Principal” and “Vitamin N,” is appearing courtesy of […]

Nonprofits partner to teach teens to play instruments

Posted on Feb 16, 2018, by

By Dana Berger Business Director, Kurt Stein’s School of Music Inc. Kurt Stein’s School of Music and YouthGo of Neenah will be collaborating to provide music education to underserved and at-risk teens. Eight participants from YouthGo, a drop-in center offering activities for teens, will be partnered with 10 teen interns from Kurt Stein’s School of Music, […]

Sexual assault talks hit home for students

Posted on Feb 2, 2018, by

Whether sexual assault survivor Brenda Tracy made an impact as the keynote speaker for the 2017 Voices of Men Breakfast and at half a dozen schools is not in question. The applause and the positive reviews were good indications. A Neenah High School student who said, “I have never felt more understood in my life” […]

‘Big Arts’ matches music with graphic arts

Posted on Jan 31, 2018, by

The Fox Valley Symphony will repeat its successful experiment of adding graphics to music to help its audience understand the composition, this year combining it with a project involving about 1,000 Appleton Area School District students. For Big Arts in the Little Apple, the students produced artwork to illustrate the score to Route 66 by […]

MegaBites fun may help build tech work force

Posted on Jan 4, 2018, by

Giving students fun experiences with science and technology now, may kindle enough interest to make predictions of a substantial shortage of workers to fill needed tech jobs a decade from now not as dire as projected. Fox Cities students with an interest in science and technology are having those experiences through MegaBites, a learning experience […]

Performance presents perspective of women in prison

Posted on Jan 3, 2018, by

Submitted by William Von Lopik ESTHER Community Organizer Listen to Wisconsin Public Radio coverage A free performance to be presented the evening of Jan. 27 at the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will offer a window into the world of women in prison. A group of women formerly incarcerated in Illinois will share their thoughts and […]