Introducing the Rights of Nature Folk Opera

The other day, we had a pleasure to sit with Nelson Denman, the creator of the Rights of Nature Folk Opera.  Below are some highlights from our conversation. Support the Rights of Nature Folk Opera project at IndieGoGo! 1. Why is rights of nature legislation so important? The Rights of Nature Legislation gives legal backing to communities and nations that are …

Pacha’s Pajamas is the People’s Choice for Best Children’s Music

The Independent Music Awards (The IMAs) and its parent Music Resource Group (MRG) recently announced the results of The IMAs Vox Pop poll, the fan-determined portion of the prestigious international program for independent bands and releases. Music fans from around the world voted online for their favorite self-released and independent label artists culled from the 400 IMA Nominees announced in …

Meet Burka Avenger

Burka Avenger is the first animated series to be produced in Pakistan. The cartoon was created by Pakistani pop star and stars a burka-clad female superhero who uses a fictional martial art called Takht Kabaddi, which employs books and pens as weapons, to defeat her enemies. While the series is intended to provide a positive role model for girls in …

Pacha’s Pajamas has a chance to be the Best

Help Pacha win Best Children’s Album (People’s Choice) We’re hoping to be named “Best Children’s Album (People’s Choice)” in the 12th annual Independent Music Awards. Please help us win by voting for Pacha’s Pajamas. It just takes a minute. Had the industry judges selected Pacha’s Pajamas, as shown in the Infographic below, it would have broken five years of precedent. Most …

Pop Culture in the Classroom

Not all pop culture is trash.  We at BALANCE enjoy shining  a light on the cream of the crop, or what we call “nutritious pop culture” — popular works that help us better understand ourselves, encourage creative expression and inspire positive action. Despite periodic proclamations of its death, pop culture is more relevant and powerful than ever. The exposure of …

Painting Our Kids a Brighter Future

“A child’s first inspiration through the arts can be a life-changing experience.  One creative dance class can open a world of expression and communication.  Learning through the arts reinforces critical academic skills in reading, language arts and math, and provides students with the skills to creatively solve problems.” – Michelle Obama The effect an art class has on a child …

Imagination Heals Launch Party Video

The Imagination Heals launch party was held on February 22, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The event was hosted by A Forever Recovery and Best Drug Rehabilitation. Imagination Heals brings uplifting children’s stories and imagination-based activities to the lives of hospitalized children, helping them enjoy themselves and experience personal growth when they need it most. Our focus …

Pacha’s Pajamas up for Best Children’s Music Album this week

Pacha’s Pajama is an IMA nominee for Best Children’s Music Album. The winner is slated to be announced this week. If Pacha’s Pajamas wins the Children’s Music award, as shown in the Infographic below, it will break five years of precedent in a number of ways. Most notable, previous albums did not feature youth singers or ethnically diverse artists. In …

Heaven and Heal

One may surmise from the video that heaven and hell are on Earth, and its really about how we choose to see our lives. We can choose to see hell and experience the accompanying torment. Or we can choose to see heaven and heal. This reminds of me of David Foster Wallace’s “This is Water” commencement speech. It also reminds …