Category April 2012

A springtime of Shakespeare

Yale celebrates the Bard campus-wide By David Brensilver After his arrival at Yale University in 2008, David Kastan kept “discovering new things” related to the school’s Shakespeare-related resources. “I think it was partly that I was new to the community that this seemed so astonishing to me,” Kastan said in an e-mail. “Other people knew […]

Children’s hospital renames arts program

The Child Life Arts & Enrichment Program at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital has been renamed Arts for Healing, according to the program’s February newsletter. “Through the art program,” the newsletter indicates, “patients are empowered as active partners in their own healing. Our new name, Arts for Healing, reflects the program’s role in the healing journey […]

Philly tubist joins Yale music faculty

Carol Jantsch, who became the Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal tubist in 2006 before completing her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will join the Yale School of Music faculty in the fall. According to a February news release, “(Jantsch) is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, […]

Daniel Hand, Wilbur Cross high-school students collaborate

Student musicians from Daniel Hand High School in Madison and Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven will share the Woolsey Hall stage on April 12 for a performance of Yale School of Music composer Christopher Theofanidis’ Rainbow Body, thanks to a partnership between the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Webster Bank called the Webster […]

The Arts Council sounds off on … Online Presentations

TED Talk with Shea Hembrey Reviewed by Cindy Clair I adore TED Talks ( These online presentations have introduced me to brilliant artists, teachers, and thinkers. When a friend forwarded a link to a TED presentation by Shea Hembrey, I was intrigued by the title, How I Created 100 Artists. Hembrey, whose folksy speech hints […]

Knowing when to fold them

Rotholz creates cardboard furniture at Chairigami By Hank Hoffman Where most of us might see cardboard in prosaic terms — the material equivalent of instructions on how to assemble cheap shelving — Zachary Rotholz sees poetry. “It’s a raw, simple thing,” Rotholz declares. “People played with cardboard boxes when they were kids. It kind of […]

The power of a brushstroke

Katro Storm’s inclusive passion for artBy Hank Hoffman Katro Storm has drawn all his life. But two memories from his youth — one negative and one positive — propelled his desire to be an artist. When he was just starting school in New Haven, Storm, who is African American, was bused to Highland Elementary School […]