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Volunteers = Impact

For those who are on the ground working directly with communities, we know our work simply cannot be done without a number of partners, including donors; local, state, and federal government; other organizational partners; and of course, the children and families themselves. I’d like to shine a light on one of Pablove’s most important constituents—our volunteers—and discuss why they are so instrumental to the work that we do in the healing arts. Volunteers are your biggest advocates.In any organization, volunteers are not only your biggest advocates; they often are the first to adopt your mission. Many organizations, including Pablove, started with volunteers who believed in the idea of addressing childhood cancer through photography and providing opportunities for chronically ill children before our first staff member was hired. Why? They were the first adopters, going on instinct and belief in the arts. There isn’t much research out there about the correlation between photography ..

Documentary Video Tells the Story of a New Public Art Monument in Richmond

Americans for the Arts has released a short documentary video on the development and unveiling of the Maggie L. Walker Monument in Richmond, Virginia. A Monument to Maggie: Richmond’s Journey through Public Art to Honor a Civil Rights Hero tells the story of the development and unveiling of the monument, which commemorates civil rights activist and community leader Maggie L. Walker. After nearly 20 years of work, with efforts led by community and political leaders, the public artwork was unveiled July 17, 2017, in the Jackson Ward district where Walker’s house and most of her businesses were located. Richmond’s Monument Avenue includes larger-than-life sculptures of Confederate soldiers such as General Robert E. Lee. As demonstrated in the video, the installation of the life-like statue of Walker, created by artist Toby Mendez, helps to tell another part of city’s history. Utilizing the debut of A Monument to Maggie, Americans for the Arts aims to tell stories of how public art can imp..

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 ..

'A Celtic Christmas' features music lecturer and arts alumnus William Coulter

For the past two decades, storyteller/director Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas has toured throughout the country, offering a staging of a night before Christmas at a remote farmhouse in the west of Ireland during the 1940s and 50s. Featuring traditional Irish music, dance, song, and storytelling, it presents a cultural, family-friendly feast, recalling a communal way of life that is no longer with us today. The show’s music director is award-winning guitarist William Coulter, who has been performing and recording traditional music for nearly 25 years. Coulter earned his bachelor’s degree in music from UC Santa Cruz and a master of music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory. During his classical studies, he was always drawn to traditional Irish and American folk music. This led to a second master's degree from UCSC in ethnomusicology--with an emphasis on traditional Irish music, language and song. Now a longtime lecturer in the Music Department, Coulter maintains a classi..

: Loveless: The World of Andrey Zvyagintsev

Stark and austere in both style and theme, the films of Siberian-born Andrey Zvyagintsev explore moral dilemmas and spiritual torment with unabashed, painful honesty. Since his debut feature, The Return (2003), about a mystery-filled reunion between two teenagers and their father, the director has closely examined the subject of family, and all the love, secrets, violence, and betrayals that entails. His 2014 film Leviathan, roundly hailed as a masterpiece, is a complex political allegory about an auto mechanic battling the oppression of the state and church, while confronting personal crises brewing at home. Zvyagintsev’s latest, Loveless (2017), is a gut-wrenching tale about a disintegrating marriage and a missing child. While uncovering the rawest human desires, motivations, and fears, Zvyagintsev allows the audience to sympathize, condemn, despair, or perhaps hope for a better world. Frequently working with a core team of collaborators—including producer Alexander Rodnyansky, cowr..

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..

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 – the Individual Tiles

Symphony in Black and White – Day 80 ©Lisa Call fabric, textile paint, thread, acrylic paint, canvas 5 x 5 inches (13 x 13cm) DetailsSymphony in Black and White is the result of my participation in the 100 days project in 2017. I previously wrote about my investigation for the project and here share larger images of the individual tiles that comprise the collection. The complexity and bold graphic nature of the set of tiles together can draw you in from across the room. The details of the individual tiles hold your attention once you come closer. Some lines are drawn with paint, some with thread. The interplay of the two was fascinating to explore over the 100 days. Individual Tiles AvailableFor a limited time (now through January 31, 2018) I am offering the individual tiles for sale as single works of art. In 2018 they will only be available in larger groupings. If you would like to purchase a tile (or 2 or 3), scroll through the images below and select your favorites (note the number..

The Franklin Institute of Philadelphia is telling the terracotta warriors story in another way

by Yu Zhang, President of Yu Culture, consultant for China-related cultural projects Working in a museum, wherever it may be outside of China, you may dream of hosting an exhibition of terracotta warriors – even if it will only have some eight to ten warriors and horses out of the thousands of two-millennia-old figures discovered in Xi’an. Te Papa Museum in New Zealand will soon be one of the lucky few: this blockbuster exhibition is expected to cost “more than 4 million NZD” while yielding “an economic impact of about 41 million NZD”, and “attract more than 112,000 visitors” between December 2018 and April 2019. In comparison, China’s most famous touring exhibition, The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, attracted 850,000 visitors to the British Museum in 2007-08, making it the museum’s second-most-visited exhibition after the 1972 Tutankhamen show. Read more Let's block ads! (Why?)

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?)

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