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Forgotton Anne Lets You Play Anime in a New Way

Forgotton Anne’s hand-drawn backgrounds and animations are beautiful. There’s no disputing that. And it’s easy to see the inspiration behind the style: anime greats like Sprited Away’s Studio Ghibli, and Tokyo Godfathers' Satoshi Kon. Forgotton Anne’s art director, Anders Bierbelg Hald, told PC Gamer, "Ever since I started working as a digital background painter, I have been looking at the backgrounds of Studio Ghibli and Studio 4C, so a lot of my artistic education was through looking at how they solved visual challenges and then adapting that to a digital medium, and most of the time, a western environment.” Further bringing the style to life are animators Debbie Ekberg and Sebastian Ljungdahl, who both studied animation in Tokyo under The Cat Return’s director Hiroyuki Morita and other animators active at the time. The character animation lacks a buttery-smooth frame rate, but with purpose. The movement better emulates the painstakingly hand-drawn style of old-school anime. It..

Martin County resident makes CD to help support 2 charities

Martin County resident Susie McAllister has produced a CD titled “Believe” and is donating all proceeds to Artists for a Cause and StarStruck Theatre.(Photo: Provided by Megan Morris/For Luminaries) Beautiful music has the power to inspire, console, and enrich lives. In that spirit, Martin County resident Susie McAllister has produced a CD titled “Believe” and is donating all proceeds to charity. A professional musician, winner of "Singing with the Stars" in 2015, and retired music teacher, McAllister has a passion for the arts. “The making of this CD has been a true labor of love. I believe that through the arts, lives are forever enriched, especially children’s lives,” McAllister said. That leads her to her other passion: Donating time, talent and treasure to local non-profit organizations. All proceeds from the sale of “Believe” will go directly to two of these local non-profits, Artists for a Cause and StarStruck Theatre to support various art programs for local talented youth. Fou..

First Four Freedoms Festival kicked off by arts contest

By Derek Carson, Bennington Banner ARLINGTON — For the first time this year, artistic and community organizations from around the county will collaborate on a new festival that will celebrate Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," their connection to the area, and the ideas and philosophies behind them.The effort is being led by The Mill in East Arlington, which was purchased in 2014 by Dr. Joshua Sherman, who re-opened the space as a hub for building connections and collaborations between artists and creators. The Southern Vermont Arts Center and Mountain Media have already been announced as collaborating with The Mill for the Four Freedoms festival, and more organizations are expected to announce their involvement in the coming months. Among the events that have been announced for the festival, which will take place during the weekend of July 19-21, are a state-wide bell-ringing, the premier of "Perfect Picture," a musical about the life of Rockwell, an art contest for ..

Art showing cop aiming gun at black girl moved at high school

(NYPost)After multiple complaints, Sunset Park High School in Brooklyn was forced to move a controversial poster that showed a cop pointing a gun at a black child. The poster was originally put up in the lobby of the high school on Wednesday. The art, made by a student, depicts a cop crouching and aiming his gun at the back of a black girl and she spray paints “Bigger Than Hate” on a wall. — Drake goes to Miami schools for ‘God’s Plan’ video shoot, makes donations to students — The poster was made in an after-school program and was inspired by a near identical image created by the art duo Madam Muse. Sunset Park High School faced multiple complaints on Wednesday and Thursday after someone posted the photo on Facebook and asked those who objected to it to call the school and let them know how they felt about it. The school took the poster down from the lobby area and relocated it to another area of the school. “We got a million calls about it,” a school source stated. “They put it up a..

Art Effect hosts 'Teen Visions '18'

CLOSE Photographer Kenro Izu has captured a series of 'Sacred Places' in his global travels that reveal man's spiritual awareness. Video by Barbara Gallo Farrell/Poughkeepsie Journal Wochit An example of student artwork from a past "Teen Visions' exhibition. This year's show opens Jan. 12.(Photo: Courtesy photo) A juried art show will feature the work of students from more than 30 regional high schools. "Teen Visions '18" opens Friday, Jan. 12, at the Carole J. Wolf Gallery at 45 Pershing Ave. in Poughkeepsie. More than 60 paintings, drawings and photographs by high school students will be on display in the exhibit that runs through Feb. 13. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, in the gallery. ART: 'Teen Visions' showcases talents of high school students All the pieces were created by participants in the Art Institute of The Art Effect’s Summer Art Intensive. The final showcase was selected from more than 1,..

Old Kmart turned into state of the art school for suburban students

Please enable Javascript to watch this videoWAUKEGAN, Ill. -- From the Blue Light special to a Blue Ribbon School. An old Kmart in north suburban Waukegan is being re-born as the home of an innovative Catholic prep school. About 400 Cristo Rey College Prep students will start a new chapter in their educational stories inside of an old store. The school was doing remarkable things; giving opportunities to low income families and sending 100 percent of students to college, but the building itself was crumbling. “(It had) leaky pipes, ceilings that fall down overflowing sewers, power outages, the boiler going out,” Preston Kendall, school president said . “And yet in that environment our kids have found a way to excel.” Kendal led a $17 million fundraising campaign to find a new home. Some “out of the box” thinking brought them to the abandoned Kmart on Belvidere Road. Tuesday, students will move in to the state of the art facility for the first time. “It’s really an amazing space and tom..

Victoria art school gets eviction notice to make way for high schoolers

A post-secondary Victoria art school is being evicted by its landowner, the Greater Victoria School District, from a building it's called home for 14 years. Since 2004, the Vancouver Island School of Art has leased an old elementary school from the school district. However, due to swelling enrolment, the district says it now needs the space for students. The district's secretary-treasurer, Mark Walsh, says changes to B.C.'s class composition sizes, as well as population migration to the Island from Alberta and the Lower Mainland, have pushed enrolment well above previous projections. "Most of our sites are starting to fill up," said Walsh. "Central Middle School actually is full, and we need to find a way to make sure we can fit all the kids in this area." For now, that means increasing capacities at other schools like Lansdowne Middle School — which is just down the road from the Vancouver Island School of Art, also known as the Quadra street building. "[The Quadra str..

Museums and Creative Aging

“You meet somebody and you might have a preconceived concept of what they might be like. Then we start talking about art and it becomes a fellowship and it brings you close together. I think we get to know them in a much deeper sense than we do just in support group, in a very touching way. This program has been one of the greatest gifts we had in our journey with this—this disease of Alzheimer’s.” It’s the first Wednesday of the month at the High Museum of Art and 20 participants have joined us for “Musing Together,” a program that serves adults living with memory loss and their caretakers. This pilot program was launched in spring 2017 in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter and occurs on the first Wednesday of every month. Adults in the early stages of dementia, along with their caretakers, are screened by the Alzheimer’s Association for eligibility in this pilot program. Participants receive free entry to the museum and are led on a 90-minute tour by teachi..

Enacting Change in the Performing Arts World Begins with Changing the Conservatory Culture

For nearly twenty years, I had the privilege of leading major American orchestras, which are not exactly known as bastions of change. But I could not have imagined a place more conservative than orchestras until I found professional music schools! In moving from the classical music industry to the training ground for those professionals, I saw very clearly the need for a new approach. Twenty-five years ago American orchestras began a conversation about what would happen to excellence in performance if orchestras broadened their missions to focus on education and community engagement. The fear, unfounded, was that excellence would be compromised. The opposite was true. One sees an identical conversation today in our professional schools—a fear that if we ask students to stretch beyond the traditional focus of mastering performance skills, then excellence will be jeopardized. Jim Collins and Jerry Porras in their book, Built to Last, call these kinds of false choices the “Tyranny of the ..

Arts and Education Council Announces 2018 Katherine Dunham Fellow

The Arts and Education Council (A&E) has named Webster University senior Quinton Ward the 2018 Katherine Dunham Fellowship recipient. The program, created by Sara and Jack Burke and managed by A&E, gives African-American men and women an opportunity to explore, gain experience and be mentored in arts administration, creating a more diverse pipeline of arts leaders. This will be A&E's first year offering the fellowship after seven successful and transformative years with the Regional Arts Commission. Ward is the first-ever male recipient of the Fellowship. The program is named in honor of legendary dancer, choreographer, educator and social activist, Katherine Dunham. Considered one of the most successful dancers of the 20th century, Dunham founded the Performing Arts Training Center (PATC) at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville East St. Louis Center (an A&E grantee). Dunham taught dance, along with foreign language, cultural history and anthropology at the PATC. Sara Bur..

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