Katelyn Simon

Arts Administrator | Oboist

This week's inspiration: Early fall in New York; James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain

What's speaking to me lately

People

The Louisville Orchestra Making strides at goal of being Most Interesting Orchestra on the Planet.
Ethel Smyth Suffragette and first female compser to have an opera performed at the Met.
Helmut Newton I'm new to photography. He rocks my socks right off.
Budapest Festival Orchestra The most forward-thinking orchestra in the world in terms of enaging with society, building inclusive communities, and challenging performance conventions.
Ensemble Dal Niente New music: curiousity, relevance, inclusion, fun.
Andrew Solomon A favorite author and psychologist. Check out Far from the Tree .

Places

The Riverside Church in the City of New York All kinds of thoughtful good happening here.
AVAM A gem of Baltimore, this collection of art by visionary (loosely, self-taught) artists hits hard.
l'École de Musique Sainte Trinité Fantastic music school in Haiti where I taught.
Partners in Health Paul Farmer and his organization do tremendous work in Haiti and around the world.

Blogs

The Clyde Fitch Report The nexus of art and politics.
Seth Godin Insight you can apply anywhere from the master marketer.
Nonprofit AF Great discussions on life and work in the sector.
Napkin Notes My sister's perspective on foster parenting.
Brainpickings Cross-disciplinary inquiry ftw!

Media

I Am Not Your Negro Go see this! Run don't walk.
On Being
A great place to discover new sources of inspiration.
Radiolab In particular, check out their spinoff More Perfect.