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The Schuylkill Center and CFEVA’s “Out of Bounds”

Philadelphia // July 31, 2012

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Darla Jackson

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is one of the first urban environmental education centers in the country. Founded in 1965 by sisters Eleanor Houston Smith and Margaret Houston Meigs from former family land in the Roxborough area of Philadelphia, the Schuylkill Center provides an island of green and accessible ecology programs to the city […]

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Unconstrained performances prevailed at the inaugural Miami Performance Festival

Miami // July 31, 2012

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There is always a bit of trepidation when entering into an all-performance art event. When hastily produced and not well-thought-out, these can be straining – unlike a visual art show of similar (non) quality, it’s hard to just leave if you don’t like it. So the three-day inaugural Miami Performance Festival would be an experiment […]

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The Nana Projects comes to the DIA

Detroit // July 31, 2012

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The Detroit Institute of Art (a Knight Arts grantee) recently hosted The Nana Projects’s “Alonzo’s Lullaby“ as part of the museum’s Family Sunday programming. It was a very unique shadow puppet performance, as well as a technical feat, performed by three puppeteers (aka lanterneers) using three overhead projectors and cutouts made of plastic and acrylic […]

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YEPAW at EJ Thomas Hall

Akron // July 31, 2012

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By Garrick R. Black II, Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop YEPAW’s 23rd year lands them center stage at the University of Akron’s EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall.   Sunday, July 22, 2012, well over 300 young people demonstrated their amazing talents in choral music, mime, dance, step, orchestra, sign language, drum line, video, photography, drama, creative writing and visual arts to an […]

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Dilworth Plaza sculpture pays homage to first citywide water system

Philadelphia // July 30, 2012

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By Linda Harris, Center City District Philadelphia Janet Echelman determined to create moving columns of atomized water for her public sculpture Pulse after delving into the history of Philadelphia’s Centre Square, one of William Penn’s original five squares. Echelman’s unique work, to be showcased in the $50 million transformation of Dilworth Plaza adjacent to City […]

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Meet the Queen City’s “Silent Heroes”

Charlotte // July 30, 2012

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If you are dragged down by the divisive headlines, stories of violence and all the political clap trap running 24 hours a day, take a moment to visit the newest exhibit, “Silent Heroes,” at the Levine Museum of the New South (a Knight Arts grantee).  This exhibit, running through December 31, will remind you of […]

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Reflections on Same Stage, a night of multicultural dance

Dance, Miami // July 30, 2012

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“Take on Vivaldi” by Karen Peterson & Dancers | Photo by Neil de la Flor

When I entered the Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC) for Same Stage, a night of multicultural dance organized by Afua Hall during the Discover Art! Family Festival, I felt numb and listless, blue and exhausted from the real and imagined burdens of life. The little green boogeymen in our heads sometimes trick us into resisting so […]

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Toby Sisson’s new paintings on view for one last week at Air Sweet Air

St. Paul // July 30, 2012

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Toby Sisson moved from the Twin Cities to Massachusetts a few years ago, but she returned home this month, as Air Sweet Air‘s visiting artist, with a solo show of new encaustic paintings, “Into the Black,” now on view at the gallery. Encaustic, or “hot wax,” painting is a technique reaching back to antiquity – […]

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Bragg Jam fills Macon stages with variety of music

Macon, Music // July 30, 2012

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Bragg Jam, held annually on the final Saturday of July, is Macon’s ultimate music festival. This year the Concert Crawl featured 46 bands and DJs on 12 stages throughout the city. Bragg Jam also caters to families with the all-ages Arts@the Park, a free daytime event where families are invited to make art, make music […]

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Meet the Community Arts Journalism Challenge 2.0: Deadline to enter is Aug 9

All Communities // July 29, 2012

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By Michael Killoren, director Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America Fast-Track National Endowment for the Arts Early on in the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, it became abundantly clear that the local arts agencies (LAA) in each of the Knight cities were well-positioned to scan the local environment for potential projects and partners. So naturally, when the NEA […]

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