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Placemaking Revolution: the powerful role of ephemera and the arts in our cities

All Communities // October 17, 2012

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Carol Coletta and I were recently invited to speak by the Loeb Fellows to an audience at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on the subject of ” creative placemaking” and it’s role in revitalizing communities. Carol is the CEO of the Knight-funded program ArtPlace, which works with artists to create vibrancy in communities through arts […]

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ArtCenter puts on new ‘Wheels’

Miami // October 16, 2012

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It’s time for the ArtCenter/SouthFlorida (a Knight Arts grantee) to spread its wings. There was nothing really wrong with just showing exhibits in its Lincoln Road-facing space, but it was getting a little lost in the big art crowd. With so much going on in Miami these days, a trip over to this area of South […]

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“Ancient Structures for a New World” at Little Berlin

Philadelphia // October 16, 2012

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By Angela McQuillan, Little Berlin On Friday, October 5th, a new set of sculptures were installed at the Little Berlin Fairgrounds.  This sculpture series entitled “Ancient Structures for a New World” was created by the Cultural Arts Center at the Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corporation.  The Cultural Arts Center at the PDDC strives to foster creativity, […]

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How the arts create a sense of place in St. Paul

St. Paul // October 16, 2012

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By Elizabeth R. Miller, Knight Foundation A restaurant on a construction-filled street is doing more than serving up Vietnamese food in St. Paul. It’s quickly becoming a case study for how the arts can create a sense of place. Mai Village sits squarely at the heart of the bustling five-block area known as “Little Mekong” near Minnesota’s State […]

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Data Garden + the Switched-On Garden 002

Music, Philadelphia // October 16, 2012

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Switched-On 002

On October 14, the historical West Philadelphia cultural and ecological destination Bartram’s Garden was transformed into a symphony of sounds, samples and visual art for the Switched-On Garden 002. Now in its second year, the artists and musicians at Data Garden in association with DesignPhiladelphia take over the oldest botanical garden in North America for a […]

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Louis CK makes with the funny at the Masonic Temple

Detroit // October 16, 2012

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Over the last decade, and particularly in recent years, Louis CK has stepped up as the outstanding comedian of his generation. Like all the greats he has a provocative style, but his friendly, average-guy demeanor tends to sand down the points of his exceedingly savage social commentary, making it just digestible enough for a mass […]

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TU Dance 2012 update

St. Paul // October 15, 2012

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By Abdo Sayegh, TU Dance TU Dance performed twice to a full house at the Fall For Dance Festival in New York City.  Uri Sands and dancer Yusha Marie Sorzano danced High Heel Blues, a sassy, playful, utterly comedic duet based on a woman’s desire for shoes that she knows are no good for her, and the salesman who […]

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Caroline Calouche & Co. goes “Macabre”

Charlotte // October 15, 2012

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Caroline Calouche & Co.’s performance this past weekend, October 12 and 13,  was an intriguing blend of modern dance, theater, drama and the aerial arts. The Company, now in its 7th season, has become known for this multidisciplinary approach to contemporary choreography. As an experimental performance, “The Macabre Masque” was imaginative, yet it lacked narrative […]

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Santiago Betancur is present

Dance, Miami, Theater // October 15, 2012

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Santiago Betancur | Photo by Neil de la Flor

Last Friday I had the day off and spent it anchored to a wooden chair grading student essays inside Panther Coffee in Wynwood. Panther is a kaleidoscopic merry-go-round of Miami’s glittery and gritty art scene. It’s where I feel centered amidst the dance of baristas and their giant robotic coffee machines, visual and performing

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Sun Yung Shin’s new collection offers poems for an uneasily globalized world

Poetry, St. Paul // October 15, 2012

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Sun Yung Shin’s second poetry collection, “Rough, and Savage” from Coffeehouse Press, is simultaneously alluring and caustic, lovely and mournful, ambitious in both its moral ambition and literary invention. Shin’s poems deal in pain and love and alienation, but she weaves those well-worn themes into something fresh, a contemporary fairy tale in verse about the […]

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