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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Still So Much To Be Thankful For

Sunday, November 18, 2018

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2018, we are grateful for all the kind and generous people who have embraced diversity this past year and physically, financially, and emotionally stepped up to support their fellow men, women, children, and animals affected by floods, wildfires, mass shootings, border detentions, and other horrific disasters.

Today’s Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities seems the perfect time to feature a song called “Thankful,” performed by Josh Groban, and written by David Foster, Richard Page, and Carole Bayer Sager.

I can’t imagine anyone who is not touched by both the music and the lyrics. In spite of a difficult year for so many, there is still much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season, including the generosity of Josh Groban.

Josh’s foundation helps to enrich the lives of young people worldwide through arts, education and cultural awareness. Apparently, his parents instilled a love of giving in him as a kid and his fans have continued to nourish that love. Josh and many generous contributors have built the Find Your Light Foundation war chest with the potential to do wonderful things in the world.

He created a partnership with Turnaround Arts and a school supported by the Academy for Urban School Leadership. 

Turnaround Arts is a national program funded by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Education and several nonprofit foundations, to bring arts education programming and resources to the highest-poverty, lowest-performing elementary and middle schools in the country.

It is based on the premise that high-quality and integrated arts education can strengthen school reform efforts, boost academic achievement and increase student engagement in schools facing some of the toughest challenges in the country.

The arts help us make sense of our world, they enable us to think, imagine the unimaginable, and they connect us to our past, the present and the future, sometimes simultaneously. The arts make us life-long learners. ~Cornell University President, David Skorton

It’s up to each of us to support the changes we want to see.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and dear friends.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff