Holley Murchison


Hall Pass Tour: Using the Arts to Seed a College-Going Culture

The New York City-based Hall Pass Tour wants to show the West Coast why using the arts works to get kids excited about college.

Seven years ago my sister called to have a heart-to-heart about my oldest niece who was struggling in elementary school. My niece faced repeating a grade and had to undergo a series of tests to diagnose a suspected learning disability. Math and reading comprehension gave her the most trouble, but when it came to the arts, she soared—and no one was tapping into that.

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