A Service of the
June 24, 2009
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I'm not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information." Bill Watterson
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music, and unlikely partnerships.
"Public Enemies" Screenings will Roll Out the Red Carpet
On June 30,
"Gateways" - Artists Li Hu, MFA Oshkosh, Jane Herrick, MA Eau Claire, Emily Kewon, MFA Madison, Matthew Piepenbrok, BFA Stevens Point
Through July 24
Each of us is a mosaic of influences our parents, our families, our communities, our cultures or ethnic backgrounds and each experience adds another piece or dimension to our personal definition. Even as they, the artists, provide you, the observer, a gateway into their own lives you, the observer, will add a new piece to your own mosaic from the experience.
2009 Governor's Awards in Support of the Arts Nomination Forms Now Available
Deadline: July 17, 2009 for electronic submission; must be postmarked by 7/17 if using US Mail
"Nominations are now being accepted for the 2009 Governor's Awards in Support of the Arts. You may use our web form to submit a nomination of an individual, corporation, or community organization. You may also download a printable version of the form (.pdf format, requires free Adobe Acrobat reader) to be completed and mailed. These must be postmarked by July 17, 2009, to be considered."
Advancing a Cultural Climate - National Arts Policy Roundtable recommendations available online
Americans for the Arts
"The 2008 National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual forum of Americans for the Arts and the Sundance Preserve, examined important and timely opportunities for the arts to promote civic engagement toward building healthy communities and a healthy democracy. The Roundtable convened 29 leaders from business, government, philanthropy, education, and the arts, including
Wisconsin Arts Board Recommends: World-class WI Arts
"The Prohibition and the Great Depression of the 1920s and '30s were lucrative times for outlaws like Al Capone and John Dillinger. Charismatic and successful, they were polarizing figures unpopular with the FBI and local police-the honest ones, anyway. The usual suspects were often on the run. And that usually meant
Day Trip East Coast
"From sophisticated cities to quaint fishing villages, the Wisconsin harbor towns dotting the state's 1,100 miles of scenic
Summer is ripe for day-trippers; variety of vacation venues awaits
"For those who have experienced cutbacks in their income, or been worried about their shrinking retirement funds, destinations like
Mail Your Art or Poem to Show Your Love
Deadline: July 1, 2009
"The Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB) has put out a call for postcard entries from visual artists and poets to celebrate its 35th day o' birth. This is a rare submission opportunity as there's no fee, no jury to impress and you are absolutely free to create whatever you want. Huzzah! Of course, there's no prize money either, but what the hell, right? Here's what ya do:"
New: Arts-Related Grant Opportunities
Global Film Initiative Accepting Applications for Summer 2009 Feature-Film Production Grants
Deadline: July 15
As part of its continuing effort to promote original filmmaking by individuals from around the world, the Global Film Initiative has announced the Summer 2009 cycle of its feature-film Production Grants program. Global Film Initiative production grants are awarded twice a year, in winter and summer, to filmmakers whose work exhibits artistic excellence, authentic self-representation, and accomplished storytelling. The granting program furthers the initiative's mission of contributing to the development of local film industries while offering audiences a variety of cultural perspectives on daily life around the world.
NALAC Introduces New Transnational Cultural Remittance Grant - Program to Fund Joint Projects in the
July 24 Deadline
CALL FOR ARTISTS - visual artists - writers and poets - performance artists, sound artists, composers, choreographers - film/video/animation artists
Deadline August 15
The Alliance of Artists Communities is now accepting applications for the 2010 Midwestern Voices and Visions awards - celebrating, supporting, and promoting the work of highly talented, yet under-recognized artists of color from the
Writing Competition Invites Native Americans to Share Insights on Economy
Deadline: September 15
The Alaska Federation of Natives, in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, has launched "Native Insight: Thoughts on Recession, Recovery & Opportunity," a writing competition designed to encourage Native Americans to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the current economic and political landscape. The national competition will distributed a total of $60,000 among three Alaska Native winners and three Native Hawaiian/Lower 48 American Indian winners ($10,000 each), with opportunities for their winning essays to be published in Native journals and magazines across the United States.
13 New Calls to Artists Posted at ArtCalendar.com
"We've just posted 13 new calls to artists at ArtCalendar.com, listings that didn't make it into the last issue of the magazine before our press deadline. You'll find grants, public art calls, juried shows, galleries reviewing portfolios, festivals and more. Be sure to check the site weekly for new opportunities. Good luck!"
IN THE NEWS
Americans for the Arts Chooses Top Public Artworks for 2009
"Forty of the best public art works in the United States, including projects from thirty-two cities in fifteen states, were recognized at the 2009 Americans for the Arts annual convention held in Seattle from June 1820. The works were chosen from more than three hundred entries across the country. At the annual Public Art Year in Review conference session on June 20, two independent public art expertsartists Janet Echelman and Mildred Howardpresented their choices for the most exemplary permanent or temporary public art works created or debuted in 2008. This is the ninth year that Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in
Full list of winners: http://www.americansforthearts.org/images/news/press_room/PAN2009_list.pdf
"Love it or loathe it, Mark di Suvero's "The Calling" has been a notable downtown
Museum celebrates 70 years - Special events showcase history of
Door county Advocate
"In addition to celebrating 70 years of preserving the history of the county, the
Arts and Creativity in Education
Among Calls for Collaboration, a Plea to Reinvent University Presses
"Collaboration and cooperation were the bywords at this year's annual meeting of the Association of American University Presses in
State budget helps fund climate change lab at
"A science education center in Monona, funded in part with a $500,000 taxpayer grant slipped into the state budget with little scrutiny, could serve as a national model for teaching young people about climate change, organizers said."
Scene Setter: New UT director plans to challenge performers with a worldly lineup
Blog: Lindsay Christians 77 Square
"From beavers to bad parents, thunder gods to Cinderella, the new University Theatre season is populated with unusual characters from all over the world. UW-Madison's producing theater, housed in two stages in Vilas Hall, hopes to educate as well as please audiences, and the upcoming 2009-10 season contains ample opportunities for both. "We're really going all over the place for this season," said new University Theatre director David Furumoto. Furumoto replaces Tony Simotes, who left to head Shakespeare and Company in
WisBusiness: Marcus says government-fueled stigma against corporate travel hurting hotels
UPAF meets reduced fund-raising target - barely
Blog: Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
"The United Performing Arts Fund announced Tuesday that it met its annual goal, exceeding its $9 million target by a little more than $1,000. UPAF, which provides core operating funds to area performing arts groups and small grants, scaled its goal back to late 1990s levels this year, recognizing a difficult economic climate. The amount raised is about 15% less than last year's goal of $10.6 million. Before the campaign, several foundations and major corporations indicated their annual giving would be unchanged or reduced because of the recession, which resulted in UPAF's decision. In the final days of the campaign, a $25,000 challenge grant from Johnson Controls helped UPAF attract new donors and increase gifts from existing donors."
UPAF meets $9 million goal
Business Journal of
"The United Performing Arts Fund announced Tuesday that it has reached its 2009 campaign goal, raising just a little more than $9 million for local performing arts groups. The total of $9,001,052 was 15 percent less than the goal for the 2008 campaign, a reduction campaign leaders believed was necessary because of the recession. The announcement was made at the UPAF 2009 campaign finale at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Stiemke Theater. The campaign was led by co-chairs Julia Taylor, president of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and Rich Meeusen, chairman, president and CEO of Badger Meter Inc."
New arts center downtown
"As a gift to
Grant will help Necedah residents build a new library
"Necedah Village Administrator Roger Herried shows a proposed design for the new Necedah Library to residents while Necedah Library Director Jim Eliason, far left, looks on. The recent announcement of Necedah receiving a $610,000 Community Development Block Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds) will make the building of a new library in the village much easier."
Dave Zweifel's Plain Talk: Happy cows in
"Katie Elmer, an old dear friend from hometown New Glarus, was miffed. So she called me last week to complain. "First it's milk, then it's cheese and now they have the audacity to steal our yodeling," she said. "This is really getting to be too much." The target of her pique is the
News startup expects 10 pct of Web readers to pay
NEA Awards Over $3 Million in Latest Round of Big Read Grants
"The National Endowment for the Arts is giving out funds totaling over $3 million to 269 organizations as part of its latest Big Read initiative. The program, which launched as a pilot initiative in 2006, has grown exponentially since its inception; in its first Big Read push in 2006, the NEA gave $265,000 to 10 cities to start community reading programs."
Extras-dense 'Anne Frank' gripping
"Anne Frank would have turned 80 years old this month. She didn't live to see 16, but her dream of telling the world about her experiences during World War II endures. So does a classic film about her. "The Diary of Anne Frank" has been newly released in an extras-packed 50th anniversary edition. Based on the stage play of the same name, George Stevens' production won three Academy Awards, including a best supporting actress honor for Shelley Winters."
Time Warner, Comcast to start online video trials
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Time Warner and Comcast are joining forces to bring cable TV shows to the Internet, but only for paying subscribers. Starting next month, the companies will launch online video trials nationwide giving 5,000 Comcast Corp. customers online access to Time Warner Inc.'s TNT and TBS cable networks. TNT and TBS make such shows as "The Closer" and "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns."
Death by a Thousand Director's Cuts - How DVD marketing is rewriting the history of film.
"One of the key paradoxes of contemporary movie culture is that some film lovers claim that cinema is dying, others maintain that it's entering a renaissance, and both factions are right. It all depends on whose movie culture you're talking about. The problem is how elastic and imprecise our terminology has become. Nowadays, when somebody says, "I've just seen a movie," we don't necessarily know whether the speaker saw it in a theater or on a mobile phone, alone or with a thousand other people, on celluloid or on a disc. These aren't really the same experiences, even if we choose to call them all The Godfather or Up. And when it comes to distinguishing between film history and advertising, we may be even more confused."
Tonight: Watch "The Philanthropist" With The Chronicle
Chronicle of Philanthropy
"Join us online tonight to watch the premiere of The Philanthropist, the new NBC television series. We'll be providing running commentary about the show in our Give and Take column, and we hope you'll join in the discussion to share your thoughts about how the show depicts the world of philanthropy. You can read more about the philanthropist who inspired the show in this article from the latest issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, as well as in a profile in The Boston Globe."
TV anchor gets court order against co-host
Music industry veteran Barbara Bolan wants to save community television
"Anyone in rock 'n' roll knows the feeling of trying to take on the world. There's the passion, the idealism, the desire to get a message out there. There's usually also a reality check: Figuring out how to sustain it all without selling out or fading away. Barbara Bolan knows this. A former music executive, she witnessed firsthand the rise and fall of some of the biggest bands and musicians in the world. Now the executive director of WYOU community television, Bolan is driven by the same kind of passion and idealism she felt in her rock 'n' roll days. "Every day, we felt we were on a mission to save the world for music," says Bolan, 56, who began work at WYOU in October. Now, she adds, "Every day, it's like we're on a mission to save the world for community television. That's what appealed to me."
Friends, fans mourn musician
Rethinking Gender Bias in Theater
New York Times
"When more than 160 playwrights and producers, most of them female, filed into a Midtown Manhattan theater Monday night, they expected to hear some concrete evidence that women who are authors have a tougher time getting their work staged than men. And they did. But they also heard that women who are artistic directors and literary managers are the ones to blame."
WHEN YOU GO
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Rhinelander Mural is Complete Submitted
RHINELANDER "The Rhinelander Mural Project is done and ready to be unveiled to the public. This mural fills an entire wall inside Rhinelander's City Hall. Peggy Grinvalsky, the muralist, says she wasn't sure what to expect when she started, but it really grew into something amazing. She tells Newswatch 12, "The town has allowed me the time that was needed to solve all the problems of a large piece of art, not very many towns would allow that. It's a wonderful piece of artwork that you rarely get a chance to do." Grinvalsky started painting the mural at the end of August of last year."
"A summer evening with friends, food and music on the beach is what organizers say the first Muskego Lions Lake Fest will be. It will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday at
Summerfest's Big Bang Moves To Primetime - Watch Summer Fun Preview, Fireworks Presentation On Thursday
Summerfest's annual Big Bang fireworks display moves to an earlier time and will be broadcast live in primetime and in high definition on WISN 12. On Thursday, July 25, the evening will begin with a local special, WISN 12 Summer Fun Preview, at 9 p.m., followed by the Summerfest Big Bang at 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by Car-X, the Summer Fun Preview will also be broadcast in high definition and hosted by WISN 12's Portia Young and Jason Newton. The program will include special features from the WISN 12 news team.
Polka Fest provides fun all weekend at
"Lots of music and plenty of food and activities for the whole family are on tap this weekend at Polka Fest at
Help Provide AWEsome Art for Kids
"Over the summer months of 2002 and 2003, my hubby Kevin worked for a remarkable arts organization that not only talks the good talk but walks the good walk when it comes to bringing the invaluable experience of hands-on creativity to Milwaukee neighborhoods: Artists Working in Education (AWE). This summer AWE will continue to carry out this important and tons o' fun mission to the grand delight of tots, tikes and tweens in local parks and playgrounds through its Truck Studio program."
Free concerts begin this Friday at the
Friday's June 26 August 7
Barenaked Ladies snack on kids' music
Not to belabor the obvious, but the Barenaked Ladies have always been in touch with their wacky side. That's a given with an all-guy group that adopts such a beguiling group name, and if there were any lingering doubts, songs like "Be My Yoko Ono," and "King of Bedside Manor" pretty much seal the deal. But last year, the Ladies took a sharp turn to silly, even for them. The occasion was the release of their first kids' album, "Snack Time." The new tunes include "Pollywog in a Bog," "My Big Sister," "Allergies" and "The Ninjas."
IMPORTANT ARTS BOARD RELATED LINKS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
September 25 - 26: Platteville
Meetings and Conferences
October 29 - 30: "Creative Exploration and Innovation", WI Art Education Association,
October 29 - 31: Wisconsin State Music Conference, Wisconsin Music Educators Association,
March 14 - 16, 2010: Governor's Conference on Tourism,
The less art kids get, the more it shows.
Are yours getting enough?
Art. Ask for More.
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