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Advancing Arts Locally

As part of October’s National Arts and Humanities Month and in support of Americans for the Arts, Perry County Council of the Arts (PCCA) organized, hosted, and facilitated several “Creative Conversations” during a community fair, via social media, and within a coalition meeting of nonprofit arts professionals. A 30-minute drive from our state capital in Pennsylvania, nestled near mountains and within a river valley, our home base of Newport, PA, can seem remote. Truly, with its beautifully preserved architectural detail, supportive community, and natural beauty, some locals prefer its remote reputation. We are located close to the fifth wealthiest county in our state (ours is ranked 25th). Our lived mission is to make our community a better place to live through the arts, and much of our programming is free or low cost, and intended for local children and families to enjoy. In our Creative Conversations, we first asked our PCCA member artists, “Why should art exist?” They were generou..

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Spotlighting Middle East and North Africa with seven essays on current manifold creative threads woven in the MENA region.

100 Days Exhibit at Tutere Gallery and Belonging

Installation – 100 Days Project at Tutere Gallery, August 2017100 Days Exhibit at Tutere GalleryBefore diving into the 100 days project this year I knew I needed an exhibit at the end of the road to keep me motivated and on track. Nothing like a blank wall to fill at a gallery to inspire me to get to the studio every single day. So back in May, I approached the owner of Tutere Gallery and asked if she would be interested in participating in the challenge*. Happily she said yes and a group of six artists committed to the project and to holding an exhibit at the gallery after the 100 days were over. During the opening of the exhibit I gave a short talk about our project. Unfortunately we had the great idea to record it after I was done talking. The main focus of the talk was about the incredible growth we all experience over the 100 days. Both in our art and the confidence and clarity it brought to other areas of our life. We calculated that our 600 individual artworks represented 1000-1..

Amplifying Institutional Evolution

Nearly a year ago, Angela Brazil and Stephen Thorne, two members of Trinity Repertory Company’s resident acting company, met with me, the Community Engagement Coordinator, to talk about A Christmas Carol. Having acted in the show many times, they’d recently signed on to direct the 40th anniversary production, and wanted to use this Rhode Island tradition to amplify our institution’s commitment to community engagement. They dreamed of incorporating different community groups every night, connecting our audiences to work and people they might not otherwise know. Angela explained, “This is a story about someone who's chosen to isolate himself from his community, at great cost to that community and to himself. In the end, through an act of grace, he chooses to re-enter—as painful and complicated as that decision can be. He decides to come back because being with our community is how we retain our humanity. In our current fractured landscape, the importance of community, of looking at ..

Art Redo

Sometimes Andy thinks a piece is done, but after a few months he changes his mind. This was the case with Sound of the Sea. Time for an art redo! As you can see, he added a lot of color and a few mixed media elements. This piece is 25 inches wide and 54 inches tall, and available for $1500. Related PostsLet's block ads! (Why?)

Americans for the Arts Joins Federal Amicus Brief in Support of Free Speech Rights...

On January 5, 2018, Americans for the Arts joined 17 national, state, and local arts service organizations as amicus curiae in the Pulphus v. Ayers case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, urging reversal of a ruling that permitted Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers to remove a painting by St. Louis high school student David Pulphus from a Congressional Art Competition exhibit at the U.S. Capitol. Left unchallenged, this case could create bad legal precedence for many local and state arts or education agencies that install temporary art exhibits in government buildings. Americans for the Arts believes that arts education and creative expression is a central right of every young person. A vital component of learning in and through the arts is connecting artwork to one’s self, one’s community, and the greater world, as well as presenting the work to real audiences. This type of quality arts learning is what happened in the case of David Pulphus. In alignment wi..

A Conversation with Outgoing Board Chair Abel Lopez

Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to speak with Abel Lopez, outgoing Chair of the Board of Directors at Americans for the Arts. As Chair since 2013, Abel has been an instrumental part of the growth of Americans for the Arts, particularly in sustaining leadership, developing goals as part of the organization’s most recent Strategic Plan, and spearheading the Statement on Cultural Equity. In addition to his leadership with Americans for the Arts, Abel is also involved in the creative arts community as the Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre. He has directed productions at GALA, Horizons Theatre, DC Arts Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Source Theater, In Series, and other venues in Washington, D.C., and across the United States and the world. In this interview, Abel talks about his history with Americans for the Arts, his experience as Chair, and his excitement for the future of Americans for the Arts and the nonprofit arts and cultu..

Faces of Santa Rosa by Kyle Paxton

portrait by Kyle Paxton | 36×48 inches | Oil on PanelSouth Walton artist Kyle Paxton is currently working on “FACES of SANTA ROSA.” It’s an exhibit featuring between 10 to 20 portraits; sharing the stories of the day-to-day people of Santa Rosa Beach/South Walton. He desires to capture the people who make Santa Rosa Beach what it is today; as a unique place to live, work, and visit. This is part of his mission for culture care; to leave a deposit of work to benefit his community and even those beyond. He desires this show to be one of the most significant exhibits for his local community. It will be his biggest show to date. In Kyle’s words: “I’ve known Andy as a fellow artist, friend, and surf buddy for the past couple years. Andy is considered one of the most well-known artists in South Walton. I guess it makes sense he received the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year and Best Local Artist three years in a row. Not only is Andy highly acclaimed in the local arts, but he is a great p..

2018 30A Songwriters Festival

The 2018 30A Songwriters Festival will be held January 12th-15th! The ninth annual weekend event will feature over 175 artists performing at multiple venues along 30A in South Walton. Tickets can be purchased here. For those attending, be on the lookout for Andy’s backdrop, shown below. When you find it at one of the 25+ venues, be sure to tag Andy in your social media posts. Also, there’s still time to bid on Andy’s backdrop from the 2012 festival. Related PostsLet's block ads! (Why?)

Symphony in Black and White – My 100 Days Project for 2017

Symphony in Black and White 100 Day Project – 2017 ©Lisa Call fabric, textile paint, thread, acrylic paint, canvas 5 x 5 inches each (13 x 13 cm each) My 2017 One Hundred Days ProjectMy brief for this year’s 100 day project, which ran from May 22 to August 29: An exploration as to how I might incorporate mark making into my textile paintings. I will use a variety of tools and techniques to make the marks. The final result of each day’s exploration will be a completed 13×13 cm (5×5 inch) tile. I will limit my colors to (mostly) black and white to focus on the marks and composition without getting seduced by color. I had explored mark making in the past but never with much discipline or for extended periods of time. Inevitably I would revert back to my hand dyed fabrics. I limited my colors to just black and white to narrow down my focus to just the mark making. I originally left it open to include bits of color although I found it wasn’t necessary so I stuck with just black and white. C..

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