Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Queen's Corner Pageant Networking Event- This Sunday!

This Sunday, Amaris Acosta (the new director of the Miss Brooklyn Organization) has organized a fantastic day of pageant networking for titleholders, volunteers, family and friend in the Northeast! The Queen's Corner Expo  will take place on February 28th from 11a-4p at the Newark Hilton Gateway (take NJ Transit to Newark Penn- it's connected to the hotel!). Below is some information on the event. The expo is an official fundraiser for the Miss Brooklyn Organization, and it promises to be an exciting and informative day!

Join us for a fun afternoon filled with fashion, glamour and pageantry! Meet titleholders and competitors from the Tri-State area and beyond! Get ready for pageant season with workshops featuring industry experts. See the newest styles for sale in our fashion show featuring clothing from Red Carpet Pageant & Prom. Get a head start on your competition with CROWNSHOTS by Carter Studios. Enter for a chance to win great prizes! Meet coaches, trainers, and representatives from pageant systems. Bring your sash, crown, and your camera-you won't want to miss any of the fun!
~Take photos & sign autographs with local and state titleholders

~Learn from the best at our "Insiders' Workshop"!

~Wear your crown, banner and/or medallion if you have a current title-and be featured during the event!

~Enjoy an overstuffed goodie bag, courtesy of our sponsors

~A free raffle ticket is included with each ticket purchase.  Raffle prizes are high quality gifts that every pageant girl would love!

If you compete in pageants, there is no need to travel; you can meet other contestants, represent your title and enjoy camaraderie and photo opportunities with your peers-while learning from pageant and industry experts! This event is for the newbie and the seasoned vet-don't miss it!!

Check out the website at 

Since the event is in Newark, this would make a great afternoon activity before attending the Light For Haiti event co-organized by Claire Buffie, Miss Jubilee 2009, that evening!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Light for Haiti

Free Sunday PM? Interested in having a great time while making a difference? Then check out the event below, sent to me by none other than the awesome Claire Buffie (Miss Jubilee 2009).

In light of the recent disaster that has devastated Haiti, a group of New York artists are coming together to produce a benefit concert to fund medical relief. The music and voices of Broadway, the passion of spoken word and slam poetry, the rhythm of Indie rock, R&B and reggae will all come together in one night at The Canal Room in New York City. Sunday, February 28 at 8:00 pm, please join us in celebrating our gifts of song, word and laughter to benefit the Haitian people.


 Purchase tickets at
Make donations by contacting Claire at 646.469.7559 or emailing
And for more information, a complete (and incredible) list of performers, and to see exactly where our money is going, the GHESKIO Medical Center, go to

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Advocating for the arts, from the comfort of your computer chair!

Do you think all students should have an equal opportunity to flourish at school, regardless of their specific talents?

Do you believe creativity is important to the development of students?

Do you have 2 minutes of computer time to spare?

The Americans for the Arts has set up a wonderful tool which allows you to express your concerns (in your own words, if you'd like, or through pre-written talking points) to your national, state, and local representatives with the power to support important upcoming arts funding decisions and oppose the drastic budget cuts proposed for the Fiscal Year 2011.

It took me approximate 2 minutes to email Representative Anthony D.Weiner and Senators Kristen Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, expressing my concern about the state of arts funding for the upcoming fiscal year. A few short clicks and I was done, no lengthy exposition needed.

So... What are you waiting for? Stop reading this blog! 
Write your elected officials here:

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Students as a Group of Individuals, Not Just a Group

I wanted to share a post I read this morning on the Association of Teaching Artists blog. It really gets at the essence of the need for individualized, creative education reform.


Education Week reports on a new study that finds that "achievement gaps between students of different genders and racial, economic, and linguistic groups are large and persistent...even as they seem to be narrowing for K-12 students as a whole."

Also: An excerpt from How Do We Think about Our Craft? an essay by Maxine Greene published by Teachers College, Columbia University.

"Gradually becoming aware of all this, we are beginning to recognize that every young person must be encountered as a center of consciousness, even as he or she is understood to be a participant in an identifiable social world. Each one may be encountered as a being who is at once a distinctive individual and someone whose consciousness opens out to the common, an intersubjective world in which he or she is inextricably involved."

-Posted on 2/9/10 by Michael Wiggins