The New Era of Independent Artists

In 2012, Amanda Palmer broke the Internet and became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. One year later, the Marina Abramovic Institute ran a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $661k, and to this day remains one of the top six most funded projects in the arts section. With the rise of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Patreon, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe has come a deeper democratization of the arts, where art is no longer reserved for the elite few. Artists are becoming less reliant on one wealthy patron, competitive grants, or institutional funding, and on the flip side, art lovers can support their favorite artists directly at an affordable price. Artists are using social media and crowdfunding to become independent and financially sustainable. None of this is new, but what is new is the shift in mindset around crowdfunding in general. I am guilty of having a history of doubts when it comes to crowdfunding. For most of my young adult l..

Passion on display: Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson is among featured artists at Cerulan show...

Long before Ginger Nelson was elected Mayor of Amarillo, she became an artist. “I guess I started when someone put a crayon in my hand,” Nelson said. “I don’t ever remember art not being something I’ve done.” A lawyer by trade, the Spearman native’s undergraduate work was in advertising and Spanish, though she wishes art had also been a focus. “I wish I had gotten an art degree because it’s one of the things I’m truly passionate about,” she said. “There have been seasons in my life I’ve spent 10 to 15 hours a week painting.” Nelson will be joined by Faith City Mission Executive Director Jena Rawley Taylor as local leaders with pieces in the “Floor to Ceiling” show at the gallery located at 814 S. Taylor St., which is celebrating its 12th year, including three in Amarillo. The exhibit opens Friday and will be up through Feb. 21. Cerulean Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at no charge. Nelson and Taylor — who will show large abstracts — has shown works at Cerul..

Time for Art: Artist bringing creative classes to Auburn

A Denver, Colorado-based art enrichment program is opening a second branch on Mary Street in Auburn. Central New York native Warner K. Varno, a master teaching artist and founder of Time for Art, said she's starting off the new year with a soft opening, but she has big plans for the program's future. Classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media and recycled art for those in kindergarten through sixth grade will start after school Mondays and Wednesdays in January, in addition to a Saturday studio time. Varno is lifting the new business off the ground as the sole art teacher, but she plans to pull in others as the program grows. She hopes to make Time for Art a nonprofit organization, too. Much of what she's working to establish in the Auburn location comes from the work already happening in Denver — summer camps, after school programs, studio time for all ages to work on projects. She's also developed scholarship programs for families. "Especially people pu..

Work to start on new £5million state-of-the art school is 'the best Christmas present...

News that work on the new £5million state-of-the-art campus at South Devon’s newest primary school has been hailed as the ‘best Christmas present we could have hoped for’. Kingsteignton Primary School welcomed its first children in September 2016 but has to date shared facilities with St Michael’s C of E Primary. The school is part of the £100million Newcross development proposals to build hundreds of new homes, roads, sports pitches and a park-and-ride facility in Kingsteignton. New Kingsteignton Primary School plansPlans for the new school campus were approved this summer, and talks to prepare the much-awaited Newcross site took longer than expected. Read MoreBut now the builders have confirmed they will start work after the Christmas break and if everything goes to plan the state-of-the-art premises should be open for the autumn term in September. Principal Dr Penny Fitch said: “This really is the best Christmas present we could have hoped for. We’ve actually thrived at St Michael’s..

Tribune Editorial: State school board votes in favor of health and art classes

Last August, the Utah Board of Education caused a clamor when it voted, seemingly out of the blue, to remove minimum credit requirements for middle school health, gym, art and music classes. Shortly after its decision, Rep. Steven Eliason gave a presentation on youth suicide and encouraged the board to increase options for health education. Few on the board seemed to realize the disconnect. After Eliason’s presentation highlighting the success of the SafeUT App, a suicide-prevention and school safety hotline, board member Brittney Cummins quipped, “[Students are] going to need it. Our board just voted to make health an elective in seventh and eighth grade.” Utahns were quick to voice their disapproval over the board’s ill-advised decision. To its credit, the board held a hearing in September to listen to its critics. The Tribune Editorial Board joined in the voices arguing that designating health, gym, art and music classes optional for middle-schoolers would not improve their educatio..

Lawmakers propose program to give money to 'gifted' children in low …

Advanced learners in low-income households would be eligible for a taxpayer-funded grant for education expenses under a program proposed by three lawmakers this week. The program is proposed by Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, Rep. Mary Felzkowski, R-Irma, and Rep. Jason Fields, D-Milwaukee — who back private school vouchers and charter schools. It would be open to 2,000 families beginning in the 2018-19 school year if the bill passes and is signed by Gov. Scott Walker. “These scholarships will provide students in families with low incomes the ability to access a wide range of educational opportunities that they may currently not have the resources to participate in,” the lawmakers wrote in a memo seeking support from other lawmakers. “Who knows how many scientists, engineers, musicians, artists and community leaders we are missing out on because their family can’t afford additional educational opportunities,” Darling said in a statement. The program would provide $1,000 for each “..

Who is Albert Schultz? A few facts on the theatre figure facing 4 sex...

TORONTO — Albert Schultz, founder of the acclaimed Toronto-based Soulpepper Theatre Company, is facing four lawsuits alleging sexual assault and harassment. The allegations have not been proven in court. Here are some quick facts about Schultz: Biographical details: Schultz was born in Port Hope, Ont., in 1963, but grew up in Okotoks, Alta. He was among the founding members of Soulpepper when the company launched in 1998 and served as its artistic director ever since. Education and training: Schultz studied at both Toronto's York University and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During his time at Soulpepper, he has made education a focus by establishing a partnership with George Brown College and setting up a theatre academy to train young performers. Notable stage roles: Schultz performed several roles with the Stratford Festival, including as Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet." He also took the stage for Soulpepper with roles in "The Misanthrope," "Our Town," "Uncle Vanua,"..

Pittsburgh Humanities Festival to feature local and national authors, artists and experts

The third edition of this forum for "smart talk about stuff that matters" hits Downtown venues Feb. 24-March 4. The line-up, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and the Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University, was announced at a press conference this morning. The theme is Continuum: Past, Present, Future, with a focus on how ideas persist and reappear over time. CP Photo by Bill O'Driscoll From left: Rick Sebak, John Fetterman and Gisele Fetterman (with kid) The five featured events include visits from Guy Raz, host of popular NPR podcasts including the TED Radio Hour and How I Built This; PostSecret: The Show; and feminist documentarians Allison Rapson and Kassidy Brown.Other guest of these on-stage conversations, complete with audience Q&A, include such local luminaries as filmmaker Rick Sebak; X-Men and Hip Hop Family Tree cartoonist Ed Piskor; and high-profile couple John Fetterman and Gisele Fetterman, the former the mayor of Braddock and a candidate for lieut..

Logan school board hears from angry artists over decision to auction paintings

A Cache Valley school district is under fire for its handling of art, but this time it doesn’t involve nudity. The Logan City School District Board of Education on Tuesday heard from concerned Utah artists, museum curators and professors over its Oct. 24 decision to declare a collection of paintings as “surplus property,” paving the way for a sealed-bid auction of 11 paintings Jan. 31. An online petition opposing the auction, created Monday by the Utah Cultural Alliance, had nearly 450 signatures by Tuesday night. AdvertisementThe school district recently had its 42-piece collection of historic art appraised and found out it’s worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Superintendent Frank Schofield has said the school board discussed the matter and decided the district isn’t in a position to care for such valuable works of art. Laura Gelfand, head of the art and design department at USU, represented the Utah Cultural Alliance when she told school board members she is dismayed by the deci..

Spartanburg artist explores his African heritage through local exhibit

Spartanburg artist explores his African heritage through local exhibit Ludovic Nkoth, a visual artist, will explore his African heritage through a solo exhibition called “Roots.” The showing will be on exhibit from Jan. 3-23 at West Main Artists Co-op, 578 W. Main St. Spartanburg. The reception will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 during the city’s monthly ArtWalk. Nkoth's mostly acrylic-on-canvas work can be seen for free in the agency’s large “Venue” gallery from 10 a.m. to-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. “My journey began in Cameroon, West Africa, where I was born in October of 1994,” the artist said. “The vibrant cities inspired me at an early age so much so that I spent much of my time there filling sketchbooks. My work explores the relationship between the body and urban spaces." About 14 pieces of art will be in the exhibit, and most of it will be very colorful and abstract images of people on textured backgrounds. His pain..

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