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“A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks” pairs artistic inspiration with civil activism

Detroit // June 10, 2014

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Last Tuesday, June 3rd was the opening and dedication ceremony for “A Garland of Praise Songs for Rosa Parks,” an installation piece made in 2009 by artist Lester Johnson, and a new piece of the permanent collection at the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at the Wayne State University Law School. The ceremony […]

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Positive and negative space blend together at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

Philadelphia // June 10, 2014

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Andrea Gaydos Landau explores the strange domain of the double negative this June at Tiger Strikes Asteroid with her solo show “Never Wanted Nothing.” By utilizing collage comprised primarily of negative space cutouts mixed with dark and starkly contrasted structures that flood out across the pristine walls, Landau presents compositions that feed on the give […]

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Remembering Civil Rights struggles and beyond

Charlotte // June 10, 2014

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Three exhibitions at the Levine Museum of the New South help commemorate the significant milestones and anniversaries of the Civil Rights Movement: “Faces of Freedom Summer,” “Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid” and “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow.” These exhibitions are part of or coordinate with a larger two-year project titled “Destination Freedom: Civil […]

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Contemporary Art Exchange books the From Canvas to Country traveling art tour

Macon // June 9, 2014

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Nikkea Takagi and Sid Enck, Jr. are a couple of visual artists who create Native American works. They are the masterminds behind the dynamics of From Canvas to Country: A Traveling Art Tour, which starts in California and ends in Illinois. In order to travel to various venues that include bookstores, festivals and galleries, they […]

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St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone declares itself with a new billboard by photographer Alec Soth

St. Paul // June 9, 2014

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Driving down University Avenue, I’ve never paid much mind to the billboards. I see the same forgettably crass ads all over my own working class St. Paul neighborhood promising to “buy ugly houses” and hawking check-cashing services, classic rock radio stations, free pregnancy tests. But take a look next time you’re in the Midway area: at […]

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Brazil’s soccer and culture at Gables museum

Miami // June 6, 2014

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  This year, the World Cup is closer to Miami than it has ever been since the biggest international sports event visited the United States in 1994. It’s taking place in the soccer capital of the world and our South American neighbor, Brazil, a country whose presence is ubiquitous throughout South Florida. Although there was […]

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Artist profile: the enchanting spaces of Michael McGillis

Detroit // June 6, 2014

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Encountering work by artist Michael McGillis always leaves me with the feeling of being granted access to a world-within-the-world. Whether installing into natural surroundings, or installing “nature” into gallery settings, McGillis has an uncanny ability to create worlds both immersive and somehow artificial. I was able to catch up with him for a quick Q&A […]

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Summer in the city is a whirlwind of free concerts in Akron metro parks

Akron, Music // June 6, 2014

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There’s no reason in the world not to hear free music or attend a concert in the city of Akron throughout the summer months. There is a concert every day of the week – and on weekdays, the Akron Summer Concert Series bands are completely free. Monday concerts will be held in Hardesty Park in […]

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Indoor murals at Crane courtesy of InLiquid

Philadelphia // June 5, 2014

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Large-scale, indoor murals rule the Hall at Crane Arts for the beginning of the summertime season. InLiquid Art + Design presents four artist members in the exhibition: Donna Backues, Joe Brenman, Delia King and Shira Walinsky. Each artist utilizes materials that add distinct textures and surfaces to their works including collage, acrylic paint and glass. […]

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2014 #LibraryActsofCulture™ in St Paul: A year in review

St. Paul // June 4, 2014

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By Carl Atiya Swanson, Springboard for the Arts Someone stops, unsure if they should be watching. Another person cranes their neck over a computer screen while still another buries their face in a book. The reactions are different, but in the end, applause breaks out. In 2013 we did a run of Library Acts of […]

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