A Service of the
Wisconsin Arts Board
June 26, 2009
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I don't recall where I was when Buddy Holly died. But I'll recall where I was when Michael Jackson died. I was on Twitter."
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Michael Jackson 25th Anniversary Thriller Teaser Video Full Version
"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
New: SPACE FOR CHANGE: New LINC Program Recognizes Innovation in
Development of Affordable Artist Spaces with Two Funding Opportunities
Through a funding collaboration between the MetLife Foundation and Ford Foundation, Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) announces Space for Change: Building Communities Through Innovative Art Spaces. The Space for Change program seeks to highlight the production of artist spaces in an emerging framework of cultural equity, where artists are key stakeholders and contributors in community building and revitalization. This program kicks off with the MetLife Innovative Space Awards (ISA), an awards program that recognizes and promotes successful artist spaces that exhibit innovation, affordability, sustainability and positive community impact. Winning projects will demonstrate the role that affordable artist spaces play in community revitalization and socially progressive development, as well as replicable and sustainable models for artist space development. In November 2009, up to five winning projects will receive awards ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
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
Column: Museum offers summer family fun
Stevens Point Journal
"We know you have lots of travel and fun planned, but make sure you take some time out from the summer camps and the backyard grilling to spend some time doing quality activities with your kids. The Central Wisconsin Children's Museum has much to offer. From permanent exhibits to special workshops and messy art, there is something to spark anyone's creative side."
Portrait Society Gallery
"It's not a portrait, so this discussion does not really belong on the Portrait Society web site, but I just couldn't resist: We are so cut off from our sister city, Madison, that I did not know that a major sculpture by a nationally known artist landed in front of Camp Randall Stadium as part of the "percent for art" program. The
A story of coincidence, art and
Art City Blog: Annie Jansen Jurczyk, guest blogger
"Fifteen years ago, I had the wonderful opportunity to manage the business side of Ko-Thi Dance Company. One of my biggest joys during this five-year-period was becoming friends with one of Ko-Thi's volunteers: Inger Wyon, a tall, lovely Danish citizen whose British husband David worked at Johnson Controls. The couple is now retired and living in
Interactive art can trigger memory
"There was a special art exhibit of sorts at last week's summer concert and ice cream social at the Christian Community Home designed to trigger some fond memories. With the new Memory Unit scheduled to open soon in the lower level of Pine Ridge, the CCH Auxiliary is hoping to find sponsors to support the unit's therapeutic art program. The art, which consists of paintings and mounted pieces, is not only beautiful but is designed to trigger memories and be interactive."
Pius student's artwork hangs in U.S. Capitol
Art city Blog: Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel
Marion Loss, an 11th grader at Pius XI High School, had a fabric-and-paper artwork titled "Tell Me How You Really Feel" (above, center) chosen for display in the U.S. Capitol this year. The artwork, selected by a panel of judges from other submissions from
Summerfest: The party in our own backyard dazzles author
"Michael Guerriero has the job most people want. Guerriero is the author of "Party Across America!: The Ultimate Travel Guidebook to the 101 Greatest American Parties in the Country." That means, of course, that he actually visited at least 101 parties throughout the country. With all that competition -- the guy went to Bonnaroo in
"A Summertime is a great time to get outside and enjoy some music, especially in a local park's band shell. In today's Wandering Wisconsin, we look at how one band has "banded" together for more than a century. Sarah: A lot of communities have community bands, but here in Menomonie, they can claim the longest continually playing band in the state of
Swift's opening night show sets record for Country USA
"Taylor Swift started her Wednesday performance with her hit "You Belong With Me" and now, Swift belongs in the Country USA record books. The popular 19-year-old singer's genre-crossing popularity drew an estimated 42,000 people to the opening night of Country USA, event organizer Dan Liebhauser said. "By all appearances, it was the largest attendance in our 14-year history," Liebhauser said. "It was an incredible record-breaker. Taylor Swift has become a world-class superstar that everyone wanted to hear."
Local veteran wins national writing contest - The Department of Veterans Affairs recently notified Richard Peulen, a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, that a panel of judges granted him a first-place award in the 2009 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
Michael Jackson Tops the Charts on Twitter
New York Times
"On Thursday, the unexpected news of Michael Jackson's death rocked Twitter as fans of the pop music star sought the latest information and posted their reactions to the news. One Twitterer by the name of toomarvelous wrote: "I don't recall where I was when Buddy Holly died. But I'll recall where I was when Michael Jackson died. I was on Twitter." Another Twitter member, by the name of amorril, posted a message about Mr. Jackson's period singing in a band with his older siblings, writing: "I remember listening to my Jacksons 5 album and loving them." Hundreds of other users echoed short messages of grief at the news by simply posting the phrase "RIP MJ."
Who Exactly Is In Charge Of The App Store? Anyone?
"Okay, this situation continues to get weirder and weirder. An application featuring pornography first appeared in the App Store yesterday. Today, that app was removed, which everyone presumed was a move by Apple. But the developers said that the removal was their doing because its servers were getting slammed with picture requests. Then more applications claiming to have pornography started appearing. And now Apple is apparently saying no pornography apps will be allowed in the App Store. But that seems to contradict its own rating system that now clearly allows for nudity. This makes no sense. To the point where I'm not sure there is anyone actually in charge of all of this for Apple."
Good news from that other opera company
Blog: Tom Strini of the Journal Sentinel
You go, Droho! Baraboo native wins songwriting contest
"Baraboo native Mike Droho won the "Project M" songwriting contest Wednesday night at Club Tavern in Middleton. Sponsored by
The Artful Manager: Weekly Summary
"Here are this week's posts to The Artful Manager, a weblog on the business of arts & culture written by Andrew Taylor, Director of the UW-Madison's Bolz Center for Arts Administration and hosted by ArtsJournal.com."
Americans for the Arts Job Bank
Americans for the Arts
"Americans for the Arts Job Bank is the premier electronic recruitment resource for the industry. Here, employers and recruiters can access the most qualified talent pool with relevant work experience to fulfill staffing needs."
Arts Wisconsin is your connection to jobs in the arts across
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"Who can resist a well-crafted story? The narratives portrayed in imaginative installations, images and objects at the
Through August 2
Interior, Exterior: Home as Portrait
Portrait Society Gallery
Opening Reception: Friday, June 26, 6 to 9 p.m.
"What is a home but a metaphor of the self and the body. We dress and style it. We create intimate private spaces within. We build and tear down and build again. The home offers a lifetime of aesthetic choices and pleasures: Does the chair look better here or there? Look at how the morning light caresses the piano. This vase would look very nice near this plant. These domestic artistic decisions appeal to the part of our soul that craves beauty and visual rhythm."
WBAY – TV
June 27 Opening
Meet the makers in the Tenney-Lapham Art Walk Strolling the studios
"Brian McCormick ponders the question. What accounts for the cluster of artists in Tenney-Lapham? "I bet if you looked at any neighborhood in
July 1 Opening
"Two noteworthy exhibitions presenting memorable artists from all over the state open at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MWA) on July 1. The MWA's intimate One From Wisconsin gallery features exceptional artists working in an array of mediums. In July it houses the work of George Ray McCormick Sr., whose work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in
Theater classes offered at Old Gem
Looking for a dramatic summer activity? The Old Gem Theater is offering acting and musical theater classes this July and August for youth ages 8 years old and older. In July the Old Gem Young Performer's Ensemble summer class will rehearse and perform "Little Mermaid."
Artists Working in Education (AWE) at Summerfest
AWE Events Calendar
June 26 and 27 from 12 - 4 p.m.
"Look for the Truck Studio near the children's area of the festival grounds. Since the program's inception the Truck Studios have reached thousands of children with educational arts experiences. AWE's Truck Studio program enhances the community by: Offering children imaginative arts experiences as an alternative to boredom, inactivity or unsafe activities. Bringing arts enrichment activities directly to children in high need neighborhoods. Integrating creative arts into the everyday lives of children."
WISN TV Milwaukee
Through June 28
National digital bookmobile travels to Madsion
MADISON (WKOW)—"A 74-foot, high-tech tractor-trailer will stop in
Celebrate the weekend with
Various Sites & Dates
Dear Artists and Art Lovers,
Artsy Schmartsy Jonathan West Blog
First One was Today - Check for future Dates
"Recent events in our performing arts community have sparked a lot of lively dialogue. This dialogue has most chiefly been had on blogs, facebook, thru email and the telephone. As a community, let's try and sit down face to face more regularly. An excellent idea has been proposed: a breakfast club. This summer, let's meet once a week and talk about art in this city."
Players plan auditions for upcoming musical
June 28 & 30
"Willow River Players, New Richmond's community theater organization, will be holding auditions for Merideth Wilson's "The Music Man."
Willow River Players, New Richmond's community theater organization, will be holding auditions for Merideth Wilson's "The Music Man." The show is slated for six shows in mid-September at the New Richmond High School Little Theater. Auditions will be Sunday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 30, from 7-9 p.m. at the New Richmond High School Little Theater."
Rhythm & Booms survival tips
"As many as 300,000 people are expected to pack Warner Park on Saturday to watch the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display with its 15,000 plus shells. Police and organizers are already gearing up to handle the crowd and the inevitable traffic jams. Here's how you can spend more time having fun — like oohing and aahing over the 9:30 p.m. fireworks — and less time struggling with the crowds."
Auditions: Dare to Dream Theatre
July 6, 8
"Dare to Dream Theatre is holding auditions for singers and dancers age 5-18 for the summer production of Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr. Auditions will be held at Dare to Dream Theatre, 634 N 10th St Manitowoc from 4:00-6:00pm on Monday July 6 and Wednesday June 8. Performances are August 13-16 2009. Rehearsals will be held in July and August at Dare to Dream Theatre. For more information or to register for an audition, call 920-682-2104 or visit the website at www.daretodreamtheatre.com " Rachel Elizabeth Thuermer, Program Director, Dare to Dream Theatre Inc.
Norwegian group plans local rally
Through June 28
"Norwegian musicians Torgeir Straand and Tone Jorunn Tveito are featured performers at this year's 7-lag stevne at the
Annual Sawdust Days festival gears up for
July 1 - 5
"Shake off the dust on the dancing shoes and get ready for some deep-fried cheese curds. It's all part of the festivities at Sawdust Days —
June 27 – 28
Notes On A Scene: Madison Area Music News 2009 - Week 25
Various Sites & Dates
"If the recession is getting you down, but you love discovering new music, can we make a few FREE suggestions? First up is the Majestic Theatre who will be hosting nearly a dozen free shows this summer. Many of those free shows include brilliant up and coming touring musicians. For example, Rachel Goodrich rolls into town on July 1 hauling her auto-harp, ukulele, kazoo, and banjo. A week later is Willima Fitzsimmons who has a fascinating musical biography due to growing up in a household with two blind parents. As a result he spent his days surrounded by musical instruments as a form of communication. The Maj' will also be showcasing some local talent throughout the summer including Intelescope on July 9, Grasshoppers on July 16, and Elf Lettuce on July 30."
June 26 – July 5
Although Summerfest was conceived largely as a showcase for local bands, over the decades slots for opening bands became elusive as the festival began to emphasize national headliners, explains Michael Houser, a former Summerfest board member and the current chief executive officer of Cascio Interstate Music. "There had always been some stages that were dedicating more time to local music, but much of the focus was being placed on national acts, especially after 4 or 5 o'clock," Houser says. "Local bands were being relegated to afternoon performances. We wanted to find a way to get local bands on later, when the crowds are bigger."
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
June 26 - 28
"Chamber music concerts: "London Bridge," 7:30 pm, 6/26, Stoughton Opera House; and 2:30 pm, 6/28, Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green; and "Pin the Tail on the Donkey," 7:30 pm, 6/27, The Playhouse, Overture Center; and 7:30 pm, 6/28, Hillside Theater, Taliesin, Spring Green. $32. 255-9866"
Summerfest: Going country - More acts will play at Summerfest and other state venues this summer
"It's a pickin' and grinnin' year at Summerfest. Most years, Entertainment Director Bob Babisch says, he doesn't like to book more than two country shows in the Marcus Amphitheater, because he doesn't like to have them compete with one another. This year, if you count the Bob Dylan / Willie Nelson package as country, there will be four country acts gracing the festival's main stage: Keith Urban on Friday; George Strait with Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough on June 29; Dylan and Nelson on July 1; and Kenny Chesney with Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum on July 3."
Musicians back for more toe-tapping tradition
"Back by popular acclaim and guaranteed to set your toes tapping with their high-energy Celtic fiddling and step dancing, the four incredible young artists of "Nova Scotia Traditions" return to Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Whether you were lucky enough to enjoy their 2008 appearance, or simply enjoy lively
Folk/soul legend Havens opens Egan PAC Series
"Legendary folk/soul music icon and Woodstock performer Richie Havens opens the Sunset Concert Series at the Peg Egan Performing Arts Center in Egg Harbor with a free concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28. Opening is special guest Harry Manx. Havens is gifted with one of the most recognizable voices in popular music. His fiery, poignant, always soulful singing style has remained unique and ageless since he emerged from the
From a Midsummer Night to Cabaret - Carte Blanche Studios' summer shuffle
June 25 – July 7
"Last summer featured two major productions of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream staged in
Phipps stages 'Joseph' next month
July 10 – August 2
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, will be performed July 10-Aug. 2 at The Phipps Center for the Arts. "Joseph" was the first collaboration between the famed composer and lyricist. Set to a high-energy mixture of musical styles, from country western and calypso to pop and rock 'n' roll, the tale is based on an Old Testament story has been a family favorite since its debut in the early '90s."
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,
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