Are you listening?

Meagan Ruppert here, a member off the ZIPPER JUNCTION™ team. I have a special message for you today… In the spirit of our nation’s recent birthday – and freedom and the pursuit of happiness – I have been feeling deeply called to begin speaking louder. Speaking louder about what, you ask? There are a lot…

Why this project matters

My name is Meagan Ruppert and I’ve been hanging behind the scenes of Zipper Junction™ for about 2.5 years now. I wanted to share what inspired me to get involved with The Project because perhaps it will spark something in you as well – maybe it will inspire to you share this blog with those…

Where creativity exists…

This week’s guest is a Hawley native and theater artist. She is a living example of one finding their passion, following it, and beginning to make a living at it, and we’re very happy to have her share her perspective with us here this week.  I hate that we believe that children are appeased in…

Our Schools Are Failing Our Nation

Today’s guest blogger is one of our Senior Advisors, Meagan Ruppert. Our schools are failing our nation and the evidence is everywhere. I was a terrible student growing up. I was a C average student, spent 3 out of 4 years in high school in summer school, and my bachelors degree took a whopping 7 years and…

Art in Everything

This week, we welcome Casey Alexander Smith, one of The ZIPPER JUNCTION Project™’s senior advisors, as our guest blogger. One recent Friday I spent the better part of my day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York with my aunt. This particular aunt, like many in my family, spent the first part of her career in…

do schools suppress the arts?

Do schools suppress creativity?

There is a hot debate today in the world of education: do schools suppress creativity? From what I’ve seen, students are encouraged to go into “plausible” careers and taught to score high on standardized tests so they can be shipped off to a good college. Nowhere do I see creativity as something that is encouraged….

Hannah Weibley

Why music makes me happy

Everyone has something that gives him or her endless joy. Some will find it in coming up with physics theories all day. Some will find it in teaching. People might find it in bringing justice in court. Others can find it in giving patients medicine and healing them.   I happen to have found my…