The Lower Eastside Girls Club provides a place where girls and young women 8-23 can grow, learn, have fun, and develop confidence in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. By delivering strong arts, literacy, science, health and leadership programs we provide girls with the vision to plan – and the tools to build – their future. All Girls Club programs develop environmental, entrepreneurial and ethical leadership in the girls we serve.
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Did you know that teaching artists "greatly outnumber licensed school-based arts specialists" in New York City Public Schools?
It's a fact.
If you sign up for Arts Watch, you can get news like that every week.
I followed a link to Broadway World and there was the story:
The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, an arts education service organization, today released results from two surveys, both attesting to the enormous contribution the city's cultural organizations make to arts teaching and learning in the city's schools.
The Roundtable's annual Impact Survey reveals that in aggregate New York's arts organizations spent more than 15% of their budgets on educational programs and raised tens of millions of dollars in 2007-08 for education programs in New York City public schools.
Also: The Honeymooners @ Youtube
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
As I've told you repeatedly, VSA Arts is in the business of creating a world where people with disabilities can "learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts."
Visitors to their terrific website will find resources galore and some non-free things too, including this 5-module magic-box called "Express Diversity"; which encourages children to "ask questions, engage in discussions, and work toward a better understanding of each other." The program costs $75 plus $12 shipping. Surprisingly, $87 is more than many TAs make for a workshop.
You could ask your employer to buy one for the office.
Here's the order form (PDF.)
Also: Liz Lerman Dance Exchange - Ferocious Beauty: Genome
At the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, an exhibition presents work by five women artists with cultural connections to Islam.
PERSPECTIVES: WOMEN, ART and ISLAM
Curated by Kimberli Gant and Lisa Binder
Co-Presented by MoCADA and the Museum for African Art, New York
On View: June 4 - September 13, 2009
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and the Museum for African Art are proud to present Perspectives: Women, Art and Islam, an exhibition of five female artists whose major connection is their personal relationship with Islam. Perspectives, curated by Kimberli Gant and Lisa Binder, will be on view at MoCADA, 80 Hanson Place in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, from June 4 - September 13, 2009, and is presented in conjunction with Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas, a multi-institutional celebration of the extraordinary range of artistic expression in the Muslim world.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Mary Lisa Burns, director of the Cunningham School and longtime teacher there, says, "Merce thinks of dancing as being an enlargement of everyday movement…”
So, the technique involves principles rather than just combinations. It teaches the dancer "how to do something," as he puts it, instead of teaching the dancer how to move like the teacher.
Even when he was still dancing, Merce would often explain instead of demonstrate a phrase. "Rather than show the movement, if you explain it, the students have to think it through differently."
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by Patricia Storace; Raul Colon, Illustrator
Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora
Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by Lynn Roberts and David Roberts
You might be interested to know that the Queens Council on the Arts fosters the arts in Queens County. In my experience, where you read the word "foster", they're talking about money. In this case, I'm right. There is a funding program in place that serves both organizations, and individual artists who qualify.
The Queens Council on the Arts website has all the information you will need to submit an application to one of their grant programs. If you've never applied for a grant before, the council does offer some support and guidance disguised as an inconvenient prerequisite:
All new applicants are required to attend one of the application information sessions that are offered throughout Queens in July, August and September.
Applicants who have not applied to QCAF within the last two years and applicants who were recommended for technical assistance by QCA are likewise required to attend.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The conference is over today. The plan was for more than 350 arts-in-education professionals to explore the conference theme, "Creativity as Catalyst," through a variety of workshops, activities and discussions. Alas, because I could not attend, I can only speculate about the fun that was had by all.
Maybe someone will send us a report by email.
Written by Ron Chew former director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum, the essay came out of the Exemplar Program; a Ford Foundation sponsored funding initiative which provided two years of support, totaling $150,000 each to 12 small to midsized arts and cultural organizations nationwide.
"...opportunities will abound to reassert the connection of the arts to community service.
Marjorie Schwarzer, chair of the Department of Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University in California, said the public “seeks solace in the arts during troubled times.” She noted, for example, that museum attendance rose during the Great Depression..."
Also: @ ESPN, Major League Baseball - Salaries for 2009 (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press)
Magglio Ordonez $18,971,596
Miguel Cabrera 14,383,049
dl-Jeremy Bonderman 12,500,000
Carlos Guillen 10,000,000
dl-Dontrelle Willis 10,000,000
Nate Robertson 7,000,000
Brandon Inge 6,300,000
Placido Polanco 4,600,000
Brandon Lyon 4,250,000
Justin Verlander 3,675,000
Curtis Granderson 3,500,000
Gerald Laird 2,800,000
Fernando Rodney 2,700,000
Marcus Thames 2,275,000
Edwin Jackson 2,200,000
Rick Porcello 2,095,000
Bobby Seay 1,300,000
Adam Everett 1,000,000
Ramon Santiago 825,000
Juan Rincon 750,000
Matt Treanor 750,000
dl-Joel Zumaya 735,000
Zach Miner 437,500
Armando Galarraga 435,000
Jeff Larish 403,000
Josh Anderson 400,000
Eddie Bonine 400,000
Ryan Perry 400,000
Read More @ USA Today.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Having been distracted, briefly, by Facebook, blogger Phil Davis returns with some arresting images and a post on, among other things, “the trials and tribulations of being an artist in a government."
If you've been following along, Mr. Davis' blog used to call himself a "Teaching Artist." Since he took this new job, his blog banner reads "Administrating Artist."
From his profile:
Phil taught art art in community colleges, universities, and non-profits more or less until he decided that the sacrifices he made just to remain afloat among academic labor relations and job markets were far greater than the sum total of things academia would ever provide for him. He still cares very deeply about education, art, and the union of those two things.
In January ‘09, Phil went to work for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, to help open and eventually manage a new art center in Brentwood, Maryland. The Brentwood Art Center will feature regionally significant art exhibitions, serving as an anchor for the Gateway Arts District and providing and outlet for artists and artisans in the community.
Zelda Fichandler, the founder of Arena Stage, once said "Administration is creation!"
It may look like fun-in-the-sun, or an excuse just to work outside, but light-bleaching is in fact, a treatment technique that is employed often by paper conservators and has been a standardized procedure used in the profession of conservation for at least 30 years.The technique utilizes exposure to light from the sun or from an artificial light source such as fluorescent lamps to reduce discoloration in paper while it is submerged in a bath of purified and buffered water.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
“It's a strategy supported by both President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and cities and states are experimenting with various approaches. Cincinnati, Ohio, for example, in June started giving students in the city's 13 most persistently failing public schools the option of an extra month…”
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts foster excellence in the arts and help cultivate a broader appreciation for the arts in society. One of the ways they accomplish this is to give away money to creative artists who qualify.
Since we still live in a capitalist society, this is delightful.
Eligible individual artists residing in Pennsylvania can apply for one non-matching Fellowship of $5,000 or $10,000. Applications are reviewed by jury and the deadline is August 3rd, 2009, which may as well be tomorrow.
Questions about the State Fellowships should be directed to 410-539-6656 x101, or by email at email@example.com
Get the guidelines here (PDF).
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
ENOBARBUSI will tell you.
The barge she sat in, like a burnish'd throne,
Burn'd on the water: the poop was beaten gold;
Purple the sails, and so perfumed that
The winds were love-sick with them; the oars were silver,
Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made
The water which they beat to follow faster,
As amorous of their strokes. For her own person,
It beggar'd all description: she did lie
In her pavilion--cloth-of-gold of tissue--
O'er-picturing that Venus where we see
The fancy outwork nature: on each side her
Stood pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids,
With divers-colour'd fans, whose wind did seem
To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool,
And what they undid did.
"If you don’t have health insurance, this bill is for you,” said Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut...It guarantees that you’ll be able to find an insurance plan that works for you, including a public health insurance option if you want it.”
Republicans on the panel, who voted unanimously against the measure, described the idea of a new public insurance option as a deal-breaker. They said they still hoped that a consensus bill would emerge from the Senate Finance Committee.
• New York Times July 14, 2009. The new state budget in Massachusetts eliminates health care coverage for some 30,000 legal immigrants to help close a growing deficit, reversing progress toward universal coverage.
• The Health Care Blog promises "everything you wanted to know about the health care system. But were afraid to ask." No Country for Old Men, an excellent* article by Jeff Goldsmith lays out a case against the public option here. ("Excellent" does not mean you got it right. Sometimes it just means you tried hard.")
• At Real Clear Markets: "the number of uninsured has grown to an estimated 50 million people because of the recession. Even so, advocates in the halls of Congress are rarely the uninsured themselves."
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
On Aug. 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb was dropped on my hometown, Hiroshima. I was there, and only 7 years old. When I close my eyes, I still see things no one should ever experience: a bright red light, the black cloud soon after, people running in every direction trying desperately to escape — I remember it all...
I have never chosen to share my memories or thoughts of that day. I have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to put them behind me, preferring to think of things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy."
Tuesday, July 14, 2009