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Inside The Mohicans: an Ohio treehouse empire

Waking up in a tree 30 feet off the ground with no noise but birdsong, you might not think you were halfway between Columbus and Cleveland. But The Mohicans is a collection of treehouses and cabins in the quiet woods of Ohio’s Amish country. The treehouses are situated off the road and far enough apart that you can spend a night or two and never run into your human neighbors. Kevin Mooney began building treehouses on his property in 2012. Now, he’s a treehouse addict— with seven completed and a...
Tags: Food, England, Design, London, Trees, Architecture, Arkansas, Hotel, Ohio, Green Building, Insulation, Norway, Cleveland, Columbus, Cabins, Forest

English tree planting challenge will help plant 130,000 trees

This week, England announced a plan to plant at least 130,000 trees in cities and towns throughout the country as part of the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge Fund. The challenge, endorsed and announced by environment secretary Michael Gove, allows individuals, municipalities, nonprofits and non-governmental organizations to access trees and maintenance funding as long as they can prove they have funding to continue to maintain the trees after a three-year funding period. “We need tre...
Tags: England, Design, News, Labor, Climate Change, Trees, Carbon, Michael Gove, Nature / Environment, Tree Planting, Forestry Commission, English Forestry Commission, Harry Studholme

Making Opera With The Homeless In England’s Rust Belt

“A charity which helps tackle homelessness and mental health issues has been hailed for changing people’s lives. Streetwise Opera runs musical groups in [the North Yorkshire city of] Middlesbrough, giving the singers confidence to move on with their lives.” (video) – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, SJM, 05.20.19

Power and publicity trump protection in large marine protected areas

Nations have just one more year to reach the global marine conservation goal to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020. Although 7 percent is already legally protected, many new declarations are massive, offshore areas. Some conservationists argue these offshore achievements fail to protect more critical coastal waters and may even be aggressive ocean-grabs by colonial powers. The goal to legally protect 10 percent of the ocean was ratified under the Convention of Biological Diversity...
Tags: Politics, England, Design, France, Environment, Features, Britain, New York Times, International court of justice, Honduras, Marine Conservation, Mauritius, Belize, Indian Ocean, Coral Reef, The Hague

A new business support programme for cultural and heritage organisations in the North of England

Creative United announces the launch of Prosper North – a new business support programme for cultural and heritage organisations in the North of England Prosper North is a new, free business support programme for cultural heritage organisations, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Helping organisations become stronger, more impactful, and make the most of […] The post A new business support programme for cultural and heritage organisations in the North of England appeared first on A...
Tags: Art, England, News, Creative United, North of England Prosper North

Britain celebrates first week without coal power since 1882

England has officially gone seven days without using any coal-powered source of electricity for the first time in centuries. Britain was the cradle of the industrial revolution, opening the world’s first coal powered plant in 1882. In an attempt to transition to renewable energy, the country removed its last coal generator from the power grid on May 1 and has effectively survived a week without needing to tap into coal resources. According to the National Grid Electricity System Operator, which...
Tags: Energy, Europe, England, Design, Technology, News, Climate Change, Environment, US, Renewable Energy, Britain, Electricity, Greenpeace, Coal Power, Carbon Dioxide, Reuters

Scientists Are Exploring An Ancient Country North Of England That Was Submerged The Last Time The Seas Rose

The ancient country, known as Doggerland, which could once have had great plains with rich soils, formed an important land bridge between Britain and northern Europe. It was long believed to have been hit by catastrophic flooding. Using seabed mapping data the team plans to produce a 3D chart revealing the rivers, lakes, hills and coastlines of the country. Specialist survey ships will take core sediment samples from selected areas to extract millions of fragments of DNA from the buried plants ...
Tags: Art, Europe, England, Britain, Issues, Doggerland, 05.08.19

The dancer’s guide to hitchhiking: Astad Deboo

Celebrated Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo on his 50-year career, hitchhiking across the world and more Article by Samira Sood | CNN Traveller Astad Deboo in flow. Photo: Amit Kumar Astad Deboo is no stranger to accolades: from a Sangeet Natak Akademi award to a Padma Shri, he has them all. But perhaps his greatest prize is his own story. How did the boy from Jamshedpur go on to become the pioneer of modern dance in India? 8 years, 32 countries. Feat. a cargo boat ride...
Tags: Art, Europe, Japan, England, New York, London, Amit Kumar, Australia, Life, India, Africa, US, America, Iran, Pink Floyd, Philippines

Spectacular Black & White Winning Photos From The International Garden Photographer Of The Year 2019

The International Garden Photographer of the Year has announced the winner of their Black & White Photo Project 2019. Petar Sabol, 1st place. Night butterfly, Croatia. (Photo by Petar Sabol/The International Garden Photographer of the Year) More: IGPOTY Bob Dallow, 2nd place. Canalside, England. (Photo by Bob Dallow/The International Garden Photographer of the Year) Minghui Yuan, 3rd place. Source
Tags: England, Design, Croatia, Petar Sabol, Bob Dallow, Minghui Yuan

Who’ll Play The Polonium? New Opera Coming About Death Of Alexander Litvinenko

The Life & Death of Alexander Litvinenko, a work about the poisoning of the former FSB agent and dissident Russian émigré in London in 2008, with music by Anthony Bolton and text by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, will premiere in summer 2020 at England’s Grange Park Opera. – The Times (UK)
Tags: Art, Music, England, London, Fsb, Alexander Litvinenko, Anthony Bolton, 04.30.19, Kit Hesketh Harvey, Grange Park Opera The Times

Turner Prize Shortlist Promotes Political Artists

The shortlist for this year’s prize included an artist who creates fantasy worlds “beyond patriarchal limits” and one who recreated a Syrian prison using sound.
Tags: Art, England, News, Turner prize, Charlotte, London (England, Prodger, Turner Contemporary (Margate, Margate (England

The Phox V2 water filter fights plastic pollution

While water filters solve problems by cutting plastic waste and removing nasties from our drinks, they add to environmental woes by sending 100 million cartridges to landfills every year. That’s enough to fill 50 jumbo jets, according to the makers of Phox V2, a new filtration system with a reusable cartridge. The world is ready for this solution to plastic pollution, judging from Phox’s Kickstarter campaign being fully funded in just 34 hours. The campaign, which ends Monday, April 29, rewards...
Tags: England, Design, Innovation, Kickstarter, Charing Cross, Water Quality, Green Products, Sustainable Design, Eat & Drink, Plastic Pollution, Dickson, Ovie, Water Filters, Scott Dickson, Phox, Young Glasgow

Arts Sector Pleads With Arts Council England: Get Rid Of Your Hated Grant Application Portal

The findings follow years of mounting frustration from grant applicants with the “nightmare” system: the ‘Grantium’ hashtag on Twitter reveals virtually no positive tweets. One user described the portal as both “the most hated software” in the arts and “the least intuitive thing you’ve ever had the misfortune of using”.  – Arts Professional
Tags: Art, England, Issues, 04.11.19

‘Relevance Is Becoming The New Litmus Test’: England’s Arts Funder Will No Longer Give Grants Based Solely On Excellence

“Arts Council England has revealed it will now decide what to fund based principally on how ‘relevant’ it is to audiences – and it will ‘no longer be enough’ to produce high-quality work alone. This was one of 11 points … [that] will be the driving factors for the funding body’s next 10-year strategy.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, England, Issues, SJ, 04.08.19

Would England’s Morris Dancing Clubs Rather Die Out Than Go Co-Ed?

Yes, it’s apparently a real question: as clubs gradually disappear and the membership of the remaining groups ages, admitting women would seem to be an obvious way to keep things going. But whether or not to do so is an argument raging on within the (shrinking) Morris community. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, England, Dance, Ed, Morris, 03.29.19, Morris Dancing Clubs

"Now the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s failure to exhibit 'Salvator Mundi' as promised has revived doubts about whether it is Leonardo’s at all..."

"... with skeptics speculating that the new owner may fear public scrutiny.... Others have argued that the painting was so extensively restored by Professor Modestini that it is as much her work as Leonardo’s," the NYT reports in "A Leonardo Made a $450 Million Splash. Now There’s No Sign of It."Believed to have been painted around 1500, “Salvator Mundi” was one of two similar works listed in an inventory of the collection of King Charles I of England after his execution in 1649, Professor [Mart...
Tags: Art, England, Law, New Orleans, Jesus, Charles, Abu Dhabi, Fake, Leonardo, Kemp, Leonardo da Vinci, Ann Althouse, Salvator Mundi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Modestini, LSB- Martin

A Generation Of Women Conductors Is Finally Breaking Glass Ceilings

In England, the US, and elsewhere, a big group of orchestras and opera houses is looking for music directors or chief conductors — and, for the first time, there’s a sizable group of female candidates being seriously considered, “not least, “writes Norman Lebrecht, “because the talent pool has finally exploded with candidates of outstanding communicative power.” – Standpoint
Tags: Art, Music, England, US, SJM, Norman Lebrecht, April 2019

Why are Makerspaces Dying? Can Designers Bring them Back to Life?

Back in 2008, I was an architecture student in England living a blissful student life of beans on toast, late nights in the studio and keeping myself awake with Red Bull. Okay, in retrospect "blissful" is probably not the right word for this. Perhaps "responsibility free"? I remember experiencing my final year as a student: the anxiety, fear, and dread for the future. I was about to graduate into a world that had collapsed on itself economically, and anything connected to the construction indust...
Tags: UK, England, Design, London, Paris, Ikea, Autodesk, Essay, Sheffield UK, Roco, Makerversity, Sheffield UK Fab Lab London, Makerversity Designers

World Museum is England’s most visited museum outside London in 2018

Of England’s top four museums outside London THREE are in Liverpool National Museums Liverpool welcomed 4,114,135 visitors across all eight of its venues in 2018, its busiest year ever In figures released today it was revealed that Liverpool’s World Museum was the most visited museum in England, outside of London, in 2018. Thanks to the overwhelming success […] The post World Museum is England’s most visited museum outside London in 2018 appeared first on
Tags: Art, England, London, News, Top, Liverpool, Tourism, World Museum, National Museums Liverpool, Museaums, Visitor Statistics, Liverpool National Museums Liverpool

Van Gogh the Wild Man? Try Van Gogh the Suburban Professional

Van Gogh’s comfortable, middle-class existence in London is at odds with how the public imagines the painter. But this period shaped his art, a new exhibition shows.
Tags: Art, England, London, News, Tate Britain, Van Gogh, Vincent, London (England, Brixton (London

'England became smaller and bigger': what 'home' means in Brexit Britain

Headlong theatre company’s latest production, Acts of Resistance, plugs into people power in four communities across the countryIn the days after the EU referendum, Headlong theatre company’s artistic director Jeremy Herrin was struck by the dividing lines fracturing the UK. “It was just a massively clear exposure that the country was in disagreement,” he says, “and the old party lines – north/south, working class/middle class, Tory/Labour – all of those divides seemed to be foxed completely by ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, England, Theatre, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Stage, Brexit, Bristol Old Vic, Brexit Britain, Herrin, Jeremy Herrin

Hen Harriers on the verge of extinction due to gamekeepers killing illegally

A new study reveals that hen harriers are being killed at an alarming rate on U.K. grouse moors. Scientists found that gamekeepers are eliminating these birds, which are on the verge of extinction in England because they hunt red grouse. Conservationists have been tagging hen harriers in the U.K. for several years and discovered that 72 percent of the birds involved in studies have come up missing. The researchers believe the majority of these birds were killed illegally. Related: Don’t forget ...
Tags: England, Design, News, Animals, United Kingdom, Endangered Species, Don, Conservationists, Hen Harriers, Red Grouse

Behold the Anciente Mappe of Fairyland, a Fantastical 1917 Mashup of Tales from Homer’s Odyssey, King Arthur, the Brothers Grimm & More

For most of publishing history, books for children meant primers and preachy religious texts, not mythical worlds invented just for kids. It’s true that fairy tales may have been specifically targeted to the young, but they were never childish. (See the original Grimms' tales.) By the 19th century, however, the situation had dramatically changed. And by the turn of the century, childlike fairy stories and fantasies enjoyed wide popularity among grown-ups and children alike, just as they do toda...
Tags: Google, Art, England, Congress, College, France, Literature, Peter Pan, Brothers Grimm, Belle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Tolkien, Ucla, Pan, Peter, Bernard Sleigh

Rachel Ingalls, Author Of ‘Mrs. Caliban’, Dead At 78

The daughter of a Harvard Sanskrit professor, Ingalls settled in England as a young adult “and began to publish short stories; her editor at Faber’s, Charles Monteith, said she was ‘a genius – not a word I use lightly’. In 1982 she published her masterpiece, Mrs Caliban, the tale of an unhappy housewife who gives shelter – and more – to a handsome sea creature who has escaped from a research institute. … [The novel,] largely ignored at the time, was republished in 2017 to huge acclaim and she w...
Tags: Art, England, People, Faber, Ingalls, Charles Monteith, Rachel Ingalls, 03.19.19, Harvard Sanskrit

Afghanistan’s First All-Women Orchestra Is Now Touring Abroad

The ensemble Zohra, named for the ancient Persian goddess of music, was created five years ago for the female students at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, itself founded only in 2008. “The music performed is a combination of traditional Afghan music and western classical. For instance, their new arrangement of ‘Greensleeves'” — made for its tour of England — “contains attractive new instrumentation probably not envisaged by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1934.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, Afghanistan, SJM, Afghanistan National Institute of Music, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Zohra, 03.15.19

Music Programs In England’s State Schools Have Dropped 21 Percent In Five Years

It’s bad – and far worse in poorer areas. “One in five primary school teachers reported there was no regular music lesson for their class, and only 12% of schools in deprived areas have an orchestra, compared with 85% of independent schools.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Music, England, 03.08.19, State Schools Have Dropped

Arts Degrees Cost UK Taxpayer 30% More Than Engineering Degrees, Says Study

“Including drama and music, creative arts degrees are studied by approximately 37,000 young people in England each year. Taxpayers provide more to students who study these courses because they typically earn less than other degrees and therefore pay back less of their loans. The [Institute for Fiscal Studies’] report claims because of this, taxpayers spend about 30% more on arts degrees than on the equivalent engineering courses.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, England, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Issues, 03.07.19

Four Passionate Italian Women Artists

Win a pre-publication bound galley of LA PASSIONE from Goodreads! Click to enter the raffle. The giveaway ends March 13. Italy’s dazzling pantheon of artistic geniuses seems a man’s world. Yet as I discovered in researching my upcoming book, a few women with singular passion defied all obstacles and created important works of art. As a way of celebrating International Women’s Day, here are four artists whose stories I recount in LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World: Plautilla Nelli (1524-...
Tags: Travel, Art, Books, England, Education, Spain, Culture, Italy, Florence, Greenwich, Christ, Palermo, Genoa, Bologna, Caravaggio, ROSSI

Ancient Phallic Graffiti Wasn’t For Laughs

A very familiar symbol has been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall (aka Hadrian’s Wall) in Cumbria, England—only this one dates back to 207 AD. The penis-shaped drawing isn’t just juvenile scribbling, however. According to archeologists from Newcastle University, these images are common and used to adorn doorways, walls and jewelry during the Roman Era (753 BC to 476 AD) and symbolized good fortune—and power. “Phallus graffiti, …
Tags: England, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Graffiti, Newcastle University, Roman, Cumbria England, Hadrian, Phallic, Roman Era

President & CEO – Ruth Eckerd Hall

The President & CEO will partner with and report to the board of directors in advancing the programs, visibility, and impact of Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. OrganizationRuth Eckerd Hall, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that manages and operates the Ruth Eckerd Hall (owned by the City of Clearwater, Florida), the Murray Theatre, the newly renovated ballroom known as the Margarete Heye Great Room, the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts, and the Capitol Theatre. It also operates as a con...
Tags: Art, Florida, England, Jobs, United States, John, Gulf Coast, Road, Ada, St Petersburg, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay, Tony, Capitol Theatre, Clearwater, Barry Manilow

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