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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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Jazz trumpeter Vinson Muhammad entertains to help United Way raise funds for books

Macon, Music // June 4, 2014

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Vinson Muhammad, also known as Allah’s Apprentice, is one of Macon’s most driven and talented artists. As a young child, his parents instilled art and culture into his everyday life. Not only is he a trumpet player and lyricist, he’s also a scholar who graduated from Morehouse College. Nine years ago, he co-founded a production called Real […]

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“Bye Bye Birdie” the all-city musical at Akron Civic Theatre

Akron, Theater // June 4, 2014

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Akron Civic Theatre, a Knight Arts grantee, is at it again – and nicely so. For the third time, the theater (through its Women’s Guild) will be putting on a play (as in producing it) with an all-city cast of high school students in three performances June 14-15. The choice this year is “Bye Bye […]

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A “TV Takeover” is underway over at Twin Cities Public Television

St. Paul // June 4, 2014

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I’ve been following with interest the evolution of Twin Cities Public Television’s cross-platform initiative – originally called Open Air and, in recent months, rebranded as Rewire. You may have noticed shorts from their delightful web-based video series, “Are You MN Enough?,” popping up in your social media feed from time to time. In the last year, […]

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