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“And the Bead Goes On”: fashion as art

Charlotte // July 26, 2012

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Is fashion art? The answer may depend entirely on how one defines art. A modern perspective on art might emphasize its purpose of expression or its ability to communicate something about the world. However, this view has not always been widely accepted. Immanuel Kant argued for the separation of art from life; he thought it […]

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Organ recital celebrates London Olympics

Miami, Music // July 25, 2012

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Here at my little house on the Rio Blog, I always enjoy hearing from familiar Miami musical voices. And this weekend, because everyone’s attention will be focused the opening Friday of the London Olympics, it’s more than appropriate to bring you word of a musical connection. The fine English organist Matthew Steynor, who’s been the […]

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A Twin Cities writer’s critique of Richard Florida’s “creative class” theories goes viral

St. Paul // July 25, 2012

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Did you happen to catch the flurry of articles in the past few weeks revisiting Richard Florida’s “creative class” theories? You may remember: Florida made his name in the early 2000s with a string of bestsellers (including “The Rise of the Creative Class,” “Cities and the Creative Class,” “The Flight of the Creative Class” and […]

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Summit Artspace hosts outdoor urban landscape painting contest

Akron // July 25, 2012

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Summit Artspace will make it “plein” as day when it hosts the second urban outdoor landscape painting contest. On July 27-29, artists will plant their easels, pull out their paints and participate (some for the second time) in a plein air competition as they congregate at designated sites in downtown Akron to produce works of […]

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Cultural Passport Biodiversity: We are all in this together

Miami // July 25, 2012

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By Laura Tellez, Discovery Program Coordinator, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden This year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden partnered with the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc. to participate in the Cultural Passport program. Each grade level focuses on a specific topic, and seventh grade’s topic is ecology, which is a branch of science that studies the […]

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Artists show their patriotism in myriad ways

Macon // July 24, 2012

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“Patriotic,” the current exhibit at the Middle Georgia Art Association’s gallery in Ingleside Village, features work by 19 central Georgia artists. The exhibit opened Friday, July 20 with an open invite and discounted memberships to active-duty and retired military personnel. A juried exhibition, four artists received awards for their work. The first place winner was […]

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Some views of “The Afterlife”

Miami // July 24, 2012

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Even on a busy afternoon on Lincoln Road, the sound art emanating from under the eaves of the ArtCenter/South Florida (a Knight Arts grantee) is clearly audible, and a seductive invitation to visit more inside. The music is from Gustavo Matamoros and the Listening Gallery (also a grantee), and this composition complements the exhibit currently […]

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The Hinterlands Ensemble gives us the “voice of the city”

Detroit // July 24, 2012

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Last Saturday, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (a Knight Arts grantee) hosted a performance by their first-ever Artist-in-Residence, The Hinterlands Ensemble. The performance (a brief excerpt is available for viewing here) was a culmination of the group’s six week summer residency at MOCAD, which involved a variety of workshops and training sessions that were […]

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Little Berlin has a lot on their plate (literally)

KAC Philadelphia, Philadelphia // July 24, 2012

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Little Berlin Fairgrounds Garden

North Philadelphia’s quintessential “undefined exhibition space” Little Berlin has been busy breaking ground on their newest project, the Little Berlin Fairgrounds, located just adjacent to their Viking Mill building in East Kensington. The Fairgrounds are one of the Knight Arts Challenge 2012 winners, and the Berliners are currently working to match the grant. Since its […]

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Janet Echelman: Curious, inspired, adventurous

Philadelphia // July 23, 2012

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By Linda Harris, Center City Philadelphia Janet Echelman pursued many subjects in school: Visual Art at Bard College in New York; Counseling Psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Chinese calligraphy and landscape painting at the University of Hong Kong; Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where she graduated with Highest Honors. But by […]

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