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More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Collaboration & Sustainability in Arts Education

MoreThanSumParts_FrontCover_72dpi-RGB-(1).jpgWritten by two seasoned practitioners—Thomas Wolf and Gigi Antoni—this new book is a primer on how organizations that offer arts education and creative learning programs can initiate, enter into, and support long-lasting partnerships. Vibrantly illustrated and presented in an easy-to-read format, it describes the theory and practice underlying various levels of collaboration—from organizational partnerships to mergers to community-wide systems. The book also offers inspiring, real-life examples of thriving arts education partnerships from communities large and small throughout the United States.

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About the Authors

Dr. Thomas Wolf’s career spans over four decades and encompasses the fields of philanthropy, education, and the arts. A principal with WolfBrown (an international consulting firm which he helped establish in 1983), he also served as the founding director of the New England Foundation for the Arts. He became involved in arts education as a performer, then as an administrator, later as a board member, and finally as a consultant. Wolf holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard and Boston University. He has also served as an elementary school principal and a high school music teacher. His many books include Managing a Nonprofit Organization (now in its fourth edition), Presenting Performances, And the Band Stopped Playing (with Nancy Glaze), and two books on the arts and education written with his wife, Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf: The Arts Go to School and Academic Preparation in the Arts.

Gigi Antoni is president and CEO of Big Thought, one of the nation’s leading nonprofits devoted to closing the opportunity gap in education through creative learning. Gigi leads the organization in developing groundbreaking partnerships, including Thriving Minds, a citywide initiative that joins the City of Dallas, the Dallas Independent School District and more than 100 other organizations, with Big Thought as managing partner. She was also instrumental in forming a partnership with the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to implement SLANT 45, one of the largest communitywide service-learning programs for children in U.S. and NFL history. In July 2011, The White House named Gigi a “Champion of Change” which recognizes community members doing outstanding work in their fields. Gigi has worked for more than 20 years in the arts-education field as an administrator, educator, community developer and performing artist. She joined Big Thought in 1990 and was named president and CEO in 1995.


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