Bruk Up: A Street Dancer Talks About Moving In Pieces

Jamal Sterrett, 24, from St Ann’s in Nottingham, performs a style known as bruk up, which originates from Jamaica. It means thinking about your body broken up in pieces. BBC
Tags: Art, Dance, Nottingham, Jamaica, St Ann, Bruk, Jamal Sterrett, 12.15.20

Proposed Hirshhorn Garden Makeover Faces Skeptical Park Commission

Commissioners repeatedly expressed skepticism about core elements of the redesign proposed by the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto, with one warning the end result could make the Sculpture Garden look like an “Olive Garden.” – The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Tags: Art, Visual, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Sculpture Garden, 12.06.20

How Country Music Obscured Its Black Roots

“Much of the history of country music has been displaced by convenient myths created during the genre’s commercialisation in the early 20th century. Travelling the American South in the 1920s looking for white performers and songs, Ralph Peers, a white record executive, played an important role in obscuring the Black roots of the genre.” – The Conversation
Tags: Art, Music, Ralph, 12.15.20

Struggling Museums Turn To Artists For Help

“As many donors pull back from giving or feel institutions’ needs dwarf what they can offer, museums have upped the ante with an irresistible draw: the opportunity to buy art that collectors might not otherwise have access to. As the need for funding grows greater and hits institutions of all sizes, artists are increasingly offering up their work—and their time—to help the cause.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Visual, 12.14.20

Who The Book Thieves Are

“Historically, book thieves have come in two varieties. First, there are the rogue custodians, those who exploit their privileged access to literary treasures. In June this year, Gregory Priore, an archivist at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, was convicted of stealing more than 300 rare books and other artefacts estimated to be worth around £6m over a 20-year period. Then there are the academics – or, at least, those who profess an academic interest in the texts they go on to steal.” – The ...
Tags: Art, Words, Pittsburgh, Carnegie Library, Gregory Priore, 12.13.20

New Dance Park On The Hudson Announces Its First Spring Festival

In August, Kaatsbaan, the former-farm-turned-dance colony upstate, founded by former ballet star Stella Abrera, hosted the East Coast’s first professional public dance performances since the pandemic began. It will launch a two-weekend festival next May, with performers including ABT, Mark Morris Dance Group, and members of Ailey and NY City Ballet. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Dance, East Coast, Ailey, Stella Abrera, 12.14.20, August Kaatsbaan, ABT Mark Morris Dance Group

Thirteen Ways Of Thinking About A Play

“Sometimes you have to set it in the sun a while, and water it, and weed around it. Tend to it. And as it becomes itself you’ll begin to understand the shape it was always meant to take. You don’t have to force it. Just keep writing, and keep thinking about it.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.14.20

Archaeologist Deciphers 4,400-Year-Old Writing System, Now Tied For World’s Oldest

“François Desset has succeeded in deciphering Linear Elamite, a writing system used in Iran 4,400 years ago. In its archaic proto-Elamite version (from 3300 BC), it joins the two oldest writing systems known in the world, the proto-cuneiform of the Mesopotamians and the Egyptian hieroglyphics.” (in French; for Google Translate version, click here) – Sciences et Avenir (France)
Tags: Art, Iran, Words, 12.07.20, François Desset

Gitxsan Got Talent: Indigenous Community Harnesses Internet To Champion Its Culture

By harnessing the very technology that once threatened to erase it, the group is renewing interest in the language. Gitxsan communities also have a mobile app, available on both the Google play store and the Apple App store, which they use as a resource for learning the language by listening to stories and spoken words. – Global Voices
Tags: Google, Art, Issues, Gitxsan, 12.13.20

Vox Media’s CEO Doesn’t Want It To Be Like Condé Nast. He Wants It To Be Like Disney.

Jim Bankoff: “Disney makes money by bringing its properties to consumers in different ways. … We have everything from programmatic advertising to podcasting, to creating TV shows to having a magazine, to affiliate e-commerce to subscriptions. So we have our own way of making money off our creative franchises.” – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, Media, Disney, Vox Media, Jim Bankoff, 12.11.20

The Makings Of A New Theatre Podcast Empire?

“We launched in October, 2019 with 15 podcasts. And here we are, a little over a year later, with almost 100 podcasts. Since the beginning it was very much the plan to have podcasts and record plays, musicals, audio dramas, and soap operas. It was never to replace theater and we certainly never anticipated the pandemic. When you see a show, you want to know more. What is happening behind the curtain?” – Forbes
Tags: Art, Theatre, 12.13.20

Why self-driving cars look like "toasters"?

Why do self-driving cars tend to look, well, like the Zoox you see in this post? Still, cubes have another thing going for them: They're a little less scary, sometimes verging on the adorable. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Design, News, Vehicles

Arts Ed Group Calls For Resignations At Americans For The Arts

In a letter released December 11, members of the Arts Education Advisory Council, an elected advisory board representing arts educators from across the country, outlined a series of demands for Americans for the Arts, including the immediate removal of its most senior leaders. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.11.20, Arts Education Advisory Council

David Byrne Turns His Acclaimed Musical American Utopia into a Picture-Book for Grown-Ups, with Vivid Illustrations by Maira Kalman

Whatever your feelings about the sentimental, lighthearted 1960 Disney film Pollyanna, or the 1913 novel on which it’s based, it’s fair to say that history has pronounced its own judgment, turning the name Pollyanna into a slur against excessive optimism, an epithet reserved for adults who display the guileless, out-of-touch naïveté of children. Pitted against Pollyanna’s effervescence is Aunt Polly, too caught up in her grown-up concerns to recognize, until it’s almost too late, that maybe it’...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, Disney, Current Affairs, Broadway, Npr, Spike Lee, Meyer, David Byrne, Trump, Pollyanna, Facebook Twitter, Kalman

New York City’s Arts Groups May Start Performing Again This Spring — Outdoors

“The City Council passed legislation on Thursday that allows any [city- or borough-] funded artist and cultural organizations, venues or institutions to be able to utilize public outdoor spaces for ticketed events and performances. And any artist and venue can partner with an eligible organization for permits as well.” The program, called Open Culture, begins March 1. – Gothamist
Tags: Art, New York City, City Council, Issues, 12.11.20

The Art of Movie Posters: View Online 40,000+ Movie Posters & Learn How They’re Made If you can’t judge a movie by its poster, it’s not for the poster designer’s lack of trying. Nearly as venerable as cinema itself, the art of the movie poster has evolved to attract the attention and interest of generation after generation of filmgoers — and, safe to say, developed a few best practices along the way. Some examples go beyond effective advertisement to become icons in and of themselves: take for example, the poster for Quentin Ta...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, New York, Film, College, Poland, Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, Seoul, Vanity Fair, Ghana, Martin Scorsese, Facebook Twitter, Czechoslovakia, John Hughes

How Notre-Dame’s Enormous Grand Organ Was Taken Apart For Cleaning

Amazingly, the 8,000-pipe, five-keyboard instrument escaped serious damage in last year’s catastrophic fire. But all the pipes and mechanisms were covered in lead dust from the collapsed roof, and they require decontamination and repair. The organ’s disassembly was recently completed, nearly two months ahead of schedule (!), and it’s expected to be back in place in April of 2024. (But will it be?) – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Music, 12.11.20

Creating Interactive Presentations with PowerPoint Add-Ins

As you may know, Ethos3 is committed to creating engaging presentations capable of maintain an audience’s full attention. Further, we try to give presenters the ability to truly connect with those listening to their message. With the state of the world today, this has become an ever-increasing challenge. We all have largely lost the availability of in-person meetings for the foreseeable future. This makes it difficult to keep your viewers or co-workers locked-in no matter how impressive your sli...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, How-to, Attention, Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Interactive, Quizzes, Presentation, Polling, Microsoft Powerpoint, Speaking, Options, Presentation Science, Presentation Design, Timelines

Black Student Expelled From Elite Private School After Mother Objects To ‘Fences’ Too Strongly

August Wilson’s prize-winning play includes heavy use of the N-word by its Black characters, and when Faith Fox found out that her 14-year-old’s class would be studying Fences, she protested to the school repeatedly. (“It wasn’t something that I thought was appropriate for a roomful of elite, affluent white children.”) She says her son was expelled in retaliation for her standing up for what’s right; the school says it was a “termination of enrollment” due to “bullying, harassment and … slander...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Wilson, 12.15.20, Faith Fox

Controversial Korean Filmmaker Kim Ki-Duk, 59, Dead Of COVID

“[He] was known as the bad boy of Asian art-house cinema and made his name with a series of visually stunning but extremely violent films, including The Isle (2000) and Bad Guy (2001). … Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter … and Spring (2003), .. a sharp contrast with Kim’s previous work, was an international art-house hit. Pieta (2012), a story of redemption featuring a loan shark mobster (and more of Kim’s trademark visceral violence), won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Kim’s directi...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, People, Kim, Kim Ki duk, 12.11.20, Cho Jae hyun

How COVID Changed The Arts In 2020

Artists of all disciplines have readjusted their ways of working, and many are left wondering whether they will have the wherewithal or spirit to continue their craft even after the pandemic abates. Yet with the losses we’ve also seen resilience and creativity that have led to new ways of experiencing culture. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Issues, 12.14.20

London’s Theatres And Concert Halls Closed Again As COVID Cases Multiply

The capital and some surrounding areas have been moved into Tier 3, the UK government’s most stringent level of restrictions, meaning that live audiences are barred only a few weeks after they had begun (in limited numbers) to return. Performances may continue to be streamed from empty venues, so classical music concerts may continue in some form. That doesn’t work so well economically for theatre, and producers are howling in protest. – London Evening Standard
Tags: Art, UK, London, Issues, 12.14.20

Major Find: Fifth-Century Roman Mosaic Uncovered In England

Archaeologists say that the date is significant because the 5th century, after the departure of the Roman imperial rulers, is considered the start of the Dark Ages, and the fact that the mosaic could still be made indicates that conditions in England may not have deteriorated as rapidly as is generally thought. – ARTnews
Tags: Art, England, Visual, 12.14.20

Ann Reinking, Tony-Winning Dancer-Actor-Choreographer, Dead At 71

“She was perhaps best known as a performer for playing Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago. It was the role that she stepped into in 1977 at 26, and which helped make her a star. And it is the role that she returned to triumphantly nearly two decades later in the hugely successful 1996 Broadway revival — which she also choreographed.” (It was the latter which won her a Tony Award after three previous nominations.) – The New York Times
Tags: Art, People, Chicago, Broadway, Roxie Hart, 12.14.20, Ann Reinking Tony

Playing And Singing With Plexiglas Between Musicians May Not Be As COVID-Safe As You Think

A team of engineering researchers at Princeton has been running tests on how well the clear partitions protect people from the breath droplets of others nearby. The verdict? Well, Plexiglas barriers are fine as far as they go, but that’s exactly the problem … –
Tags: Art, Music, Princeton, 12.13.20

Michael’s Sale $1.99 Art Set, Paint By Number $5.99 & More!

Hurry, there is a a great Michael’s deal to keep everyone busy. Michael’s Sale $1.99 Art Set, Paint By Number $5.99 & More! Learn some awesome tips and trips for shopping at Michaels too! For Even More Awesome Online Deals
Tags: Deals, Art, Crafts, Kids, Coupons, Michael, Online Deals, Michaels, Michael's, Michaels Coupons

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