QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.” Plato
“We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Ronald Reagan
“You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society.” C. S. Lewis
“Whereas the law is passionless, passion must ever sway the heart of man.” Aristotle
VIDEO OF THE DAY
TOP WISCONSIN NEWS
FROM THE WISCONSIN ARTS BOARD
Cuts to Wisconsin Arts Could Hurt State
LA CROSSE, Wis. – “As Governor Walker aims to fix Wisconsin's budget deficit one area where he's proposing deep cuts is to the state's arts agency. Each year about $4 million, or a fraction of one percent of the total budget, is directed to the Wisconsin Arts Board. It's the state agency responsible for the purchase and placement of art in public buildings, and issues art grants within communities. In Governor Walker's proposed budget the agency faces a 73 percent cut in funding. Members of board say this dramatic cut could hurt vitality and job creation in the state. Already Wisconsin is one of the lowest funded states for art, spending 43 cents per person on public art each year.”
Walker's Budget Plan Would Dissolve State Arts Board - Agency Would Be Consolidated Into Tourism Department
MADISON, Wis. – “Gov. Scott Walker's budget would dissolve the Wisconsin Arts Board, which has been a state agency for nearly 40 years. The budget plan would dissolve the 15-person Wisconsin Arts Board, and those left at the agency would be consolidated into the Department of Tourism. Funding would be slashed by 73 percent under the budget plan. Area arts leaders said the move will have a detrimental effect, not only on arts, but on businesses that rely on the arts -- like restaurants and other businesses near arts venues.”
Statement of Support for Wisconsin Arts Funding
Cultural Alliance of Milwaukee
The Cultural Alliance's official response to the budget cuts proposed to the Wisconsin Arts Board. March 2011. Since 2005, The Cultural Alliance of Greater Milwaukee has helped to strengthen, represent and advance Southeast Wisconsin’s arts and culture sector. During 2010, in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the Alliance defined, inventoried and measured the impact of the region’s creative industries cluster. Southeast Wisconsin’s arts and other creative industries employ 66,707 workers with over $2 billion in wages within 4,000 businesses which total over $5 billion in revenue. These workers are 4.2% of the entire regional workforce.* This represents significant regional economic impact and potential.”
Wisconsin Arts Board Funding – Part 1 of 3
The Theater Community
“Many arts organizations statewide receive funding from the Wisconsin Arts Board, including a number of our local theater groups. There are some significant changes coming for the WAB under Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Law and the proposed biennial budget for fiscal 2012-13 that will impact many of our organizations.”
Wisconsin Arts Board Funding – Part 2 of 3
The Theater Community
“This installment will detail the local arts organizations that will be impacted by these changes.”
Wisconsin Arts Board Funding – Part 3 of 3
The Theater Community
“This final installment will discuss our community’s options to insure the future of our local arts programs.”
Upcoming Webinar – Engaging Audiences Through the Mobile Web
Center for Arts Management and Technology, Carnegie Mellon
March 31, from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern
“With the rapid adoption of web-enabled cell phones, smartphones and tablet computers, how are arts organizations adapting to the rise of the mobile Internet? What options are available to arts professionals who want to engage their audiences through mobile devices? What are the cost implications for these new technologies?”
2 New Percent for Art Commissions Available
Deadline: By 3:00 PM on April 1, 2011
“The Wisconsin Arts Board’s Percent for Art program announces two new commission opportunities for the UW Stout Jarvis Science Hall and the UW-Stout Combined Residence Halls; Red Cedar & Hovlid Halls. A prospectus for the each of the projects is now listed through the link above.”
Wisconsin Labor: A Contemporary Portrait - The New Exhibition Opens at the James Watrous Gallery on February 18
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters
Through April 10
MADISON—“In 2007, the Wisconsin Arts Board commissioned six photographers through its Percent for Art Program to create a “portrait” of contemporary labor for the Department of Workforce Development.”
NALAC National Latino Arts Leadership InstituteUH
National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)
Application Deadline: April 15, 2011
“NALAC announces the 11th edition of its renowned national Latino Arts Leadership Institute. The NALAC Leadership Institute is the premier professional development program for the Latino arts field, providing valuable administrative skills and leadership training to the next generation of Latino arts leaders.”H
New Percent for Art Commission Available
Deadline: By 3:00 PM on April 29, 2011
The Wisconsin Arts Board’s Percent for Art program announces a new commission opportunity for the UW Madison Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) Center Tower. This commission opportunity is open to artists living in the continental United States who demonstrate that they have completed one or more commissions with a budget of $200,000 or more. A prospectus for the project is now listed through the link above.
Local Culture Tours
“Wisconsin organizations are offering two tours for teachers this summer that explore local culture, landscape, and social issues in Wisconsin. "Making it Home in the Kickapoo Valley," July 11-15, "explores a beautifully and culturally rich area of rural southwestern Wisconsin, examining land and water issues and seeking a deeper awareness of how people connect with the land." The itinerary will include "inside the community" experiences not usually available to tourists. …"Lakefronts & Backstories," August 1-5, is a "Here at Home" tour presented by Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture (WTLC) in collaboration with the Chippewa Valley Museum (CVM). WTLC tours explore local culture—"everything that we create and share as part of our lives in the place where we live or work".
New mural depicts the history of labor movements in Wisconsin
“Labor issues have been front-and-center in Madison for the past couple of months, but for many decades, the fight for the rights of working people has made waves here. That story is depicted in a mural, five years in the making, that will be dedicated Thursday with cake and a theater performance. The mural covers three walls in the stairwell of the south entrance to the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St. "The first lesson anybody would get from viewing and taking in the mural would be that for working people, there's always been a struggle," said Jim Cavanaugh, president of the South Central Federation of Labor. Each wall of the mural portrays a different era in Madison's labor history. One mural depicts formation of the first unions, more than 150 years ago. A local branch of the International Typographical Union, founded in 1856 by typesetters, was believed to be the first organized labor unit here, Cavanaugh said. Most of the labor unions in the early days involved building trades.”
Department of Labor mural artist responds to removal controversy
“Last week, Maine Gov. Paul LePage ordered that a 36-foot,11-panel mural by Tremont artist Judy Taylor for the foyer of the Maine Department of Labor in Augusta had to go because it is "too one-sided." Censoring art in Maine We’ve heard of local art projects getting into trouble over nudity, religious taboos (like portraits of Mohammed, which are forbidden by some interpretations of Islam), and even anti-war sentiment, like the mural painted last year by street artist Blu on the wall of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. Commissioned by new MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch, it showed coffins draped with one dollar bills — until patients in the Veterans Affairs Hospital across the street complained, and Deitch had it whitewashed last December. But getting banned for showing the history of labor?”
PHOTO: Colorful, historical musings
Racine Journal Times
“David Holmes, a Professor Emeritus in visual arts from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, paints a mural of the history of Wadewitz inside the main hallway at Wadewitz School, 2700 Yout Street, on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Edward Henry Wadewitz was the co-founder of Racine-based Western Publishing, known for its many books for children under the Little Golden Books name. Wadewitz school opened in 1957.”
Culture, Rolling Into Towns on Big Rigs
New York Times
“Trucks transport 70 percent of the freight in the United States, according to the Department of Transportation. And if a prominent New York artist and his friends have their way, a tiny fraction of that total — six 18-wheelers full, to be exact — will soon be a variety of cargo not usually found barreling down the interstate: art, fresh from painters’ studios; poets’, playwrights’ and songwriters’ pens; and filmmakers’ cameras. After years of rumors about a Great American Art Trip in the works, the painter Eric Fischl has announced a privately financed program in which a truck-based roving museum and performance space will tour the country for two years to address what he sees as an identity crisis in American culture.”
Arts and Creativity in Education
Milwaukee 7th-grader among winners in national video game design contest
Wisconsin Technology News
“A seventh-grader from Milwaukee Montessori School is among the winners of a nationwide video game design challenge launched at the White House last fall. Shireen Zaineb created a game called "Discover.." that earned her a victory in the National STEM Video Game Challenge, which was designed to generate interest in science, technology, engineering and math, also known as STEM.”
Wisconsin Leads the War on Public Schools
“Wisconsin has long been on the cutting edge of the conservative education "reform" movement. The Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee helped launch the nation's first private-school voucher program, and turned school choice into a major national issue, pushing African American parents in Milwaukee out in front of the issue. Who wants to argue with low-income parents and their kids that they should be trapped in lousy public schools?”
Arts education: The key to workforce preparation and performance
University of Phoenix
“Move over, math and science. It’s time to make room for art. Employers and government alike have long advocated math and science as the primary subject areas for those who want to excel in today’s knowledge-based careers. But now art is earning its rightful place alongside its more popular and heavily promoted sister subjects. And its biggest support is coming from employers. But the value for employers isn’t in the actual learning of how to play an instrument, draw the human figure or compose poetry. The real benefit from employers’ standpoint is the skill set that seems to come primarily from studying the arts.”
Hudson 4H club earns top honors
Hudson Star Observer
“The Hudson Trail Blazers 4-H club recently received top honors at the St. Croix County Mini-Talent Explosion for its musical production of "Aladdin". The group will go on to perform the musical production during select events this summer, as well as represent St. Croix County at the Wisconsin State Fair in August.”
Lambeau Field stadium district sees 12% rise in sales tax distribution
Green Bay Press Gazette
“Sales tax distributions to the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District are 12 percent ahead of last year. "I would think maybe … this is a turn in the economy," stadium district Executive Director Pat Webb told board members Wednesday. "Maybe we can start focusing on an improved revenue picture."
Environmental projects receive Community Foundation grants
APPLETON — “Most people may be more concerned about avoiding bats, but those who would like to find and study them will have their chance, thanks in part to $3,500 awarded to the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve. It is one of nine grants totaling $18,000 distributed recently from the Environmental Stewardship Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.”
Books to have and to hold
The Capital Times
“It was a bibliophile’s delight, with nary a Kindle in sight. For those of us who love to hold on to a real book, turning each page of a “page-turner” to find out what happens next, the big Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries used book sale at the UW-Madison Memorial Library was heaven on earth.”
Website blocking will not solve copyright concerns - Heavy-handed enforcement of copyright is not the answer when your real goal is to persuade people to pay for online services
“Website blocking is on the agenda again, this time in relation to copyright infringement. As reported in the Guardian last week, a government-led working group – including ministers and parties such as the BPI and Google – is to be formed to try to find a way of blocking websites that allegedly help people download songs or films without permission, avoiding potential litigation. While that might instantly conjure up Pirate Bay or Limewire in your mind, it could also include any site that hosts user-generated content, including services such as Rapidshare or Vimeo.”
The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Welcomes Artists From All Over The World To Apply!
April 1 Application Deadline
Come see some great art at the 2nd Annual Milwaukee Domes Art Festival! Exhibit booths at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival are awarded on the basis of blind jury selection. Art show applicants must fit one of the 14 categories of the art show (see below). Exhibitors will be chosen based on overall artistic excellence (skill, creativity, aesthetic sensibility). The show will be balanced across artistic categories, but there are no mandated quotas for any particular category.
Special PROJEKTS - Artist/educator Frank Juarez puts all his considerable energy into his new gallery
Sheboygan Visual Artists opens its Membership Exhibition April 9 "Artists are, for the most part, satisfied, but they may not be content — there's always more that can be explored," says Frank Juarez, artist, teacher, organizer, advocate, and now — finally — owner of EFFJAY PROJEKTS, his new Sheboygan art gallery. It seems like he's hit the nail on the head with that statement, putting that philosophy to productive use in his own life.
Sticky sensation: Springtime means maple sap starts running - Syrup celebration and more will happen in Fond du Lac
“Maple Syrup Sunday will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3 at Ledge View Nature Center, W2348 Short Road, Chilton. Celebrate the season by tapping a maple tree, collecting sap, learning the history of syrup production and tasting fresh maple syrup on pancakes. Tapping demonstrations and tours will be held all day. Ledge View Players will perform life folk music.”
Tuba Dan to perform at Spring Fling
Wausau Daily Herald
“He's played in polka bands across Wisconsin for the past 50 years. Dan "Tuba Dan" Jerabek -- he also plays baritone and bass trumpet -- is bringing his Czech-, Dutch- and German-style polka music to the Spring Fling Polka Dance atMemories Ballroom from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday/. "We're busy in the Fox Valley, very excited about getting over to Wausau," Jerabek said. The musician and president of the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame will perform with a five-piece polka band.”
Classes focus on folk art painting
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
April 11 – May 17
MARSHFIELD – “Scandinavian folk art painter Carol Bender will offer duel classes in Norwegian rosemaling and Swedish dalamaling from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays, April 11 to May 16, at Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, 208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield”
From blood transfusions to stem cells, challenging ethical questions abound
The Capital Times
March 31 & April 1
“Between 1665 and 1668, French and English scientists were locked in a game of scientific chicken over blood. In trying to understand the mechanisms of blood circulation and transfusion, scientists with the British Royal Society injected wine, opium and milk into the veins of animals. In response, the French Academy of Science — scientists working with approval from King Louis XIV — tried to replicate the experiments. When they failed, the French scientific elite moved away from transfusion experiments, concerned about the effects that transfusing blood — which they believed carried elements of the personality — could have on the soul.”
Boswell Books Forthcoming Events - April 2011
Nicholas Hartlep, author of Going Public: Critical Race Theory and Issues of Social Justice
Nicholas Hartlep, a fellow in the Educational Policy and Community Studies Department at UW-Milwaukee, explores the effects of racism and social inequalities that harm our public schools and the children who attend them. This excursion into the questions of school and society is provided in relation to critical race theory and issues of social justice. Discover startling realities about minorities’ disadvantages in the public school system and uncover the long journey to revamping school curricula for equality. After Going Public, you’ll never think about schools and society in the same way again.
Madison author's latest royal tale focuses on the private life of Queen Elizabeth l
“Margaret George, one of the country's premier historical novelists, has a dark past. The first book she pitched to her agent was an adventure novel off the Brazilian coast with anacondas and exploding volcanoes. Since then, however, she has become widely distributed as a historical novelist, with bestsellers that include "The Autobiography of Henry VIII," "Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles," "The Memoirs of Cleopatra," "Mary, Called Magdalene," and "Helen of Troy."
Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, present Donna Leona, author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, for their Annual Spring Literary Luncheon
“The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library invite you to their annual meeting and Spring Literary Luncheon, featuring the New York Times-bestselling mystery writer, Donna Leon. Book sales, signing and raffle will take place from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. The lunch, program and Friends of MPL annual meeting will take place from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Signing session and book sales will continue after the conclusion of the program. Tickets are $65 for individuals, $55 for Friends of the MPL. Both tickets include a hardcover copy of Leon’s newest addition to the Commissario Guido Brunetti series, Drawing Conclusions. Please RSVP to (414) 286-8720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations must be made by March 27th.”
Paolo Giordano, author of The Solitude of Prime Numbers
“This event will feature readings in Italian by Paolo Giordano and in English by guest reader Angela Damiani. About the book: A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both "primes"–misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed emotion to the surface. But can two prime numbers ever find a way to be together?”
Wisconsin Film Festival: "The Robber": Take the money and run 26.2 miles
“It's a quintessential Wisconsin Film Festival experience: stumble into a movie you don't know much about, largely because the timing works for you, and get blown away. It's already happened to me an opening night, with the incredible German crime thriller "The Robber" at the Orpheum Main Theatre. I like crime movies as a whole, and the idea of a movie based on a true story about a marathon runner who is also a bank robber sounded promising. But my expectations were suitably muted walking in.”
Oscar-nominated film's director in Madison
MADISON (AP) – “The director of an Oscar-nominated documentary will appear at the Wisconsin Film Festival this weekend. Filmmaker Jennifer Redfearn will introduce her documentary "Sun Come Up" on Sunday at the Chazen Museum of Art and hold a question and answer session afterward. The 38-minute film was nominated in the short documentary category this year. It's about the Carteret Islanders near Papua New Guinea, who have been called the modern world's first climate-change refugees because as global temperatures and sea levels rise, ocean tides are washing away their shores and salt is seeping into their soil.”
Milwaukee Ballet: Three Choreographers, three stories
Third Coast Digest
March 31 – April 3
“The Milwaukee Ballet will perform three dances Thursday through Sunday (March 31-April 3) by three choreographers, each with a story to tell. Petr Zahradnìcek, Diane Coburn Bruning and Darrell Grand Moultrie came into the company’s studio early one day, to share their stories with TCD. Zahradnìcek we know, as he has been a Milwaukee Ballet dancer since 2003 and an occasional choreographer for the Milwaukee Ballet, the ballet’s school and MBII, the apprentice company.”
Saxophone quartet to perform
Wausau Daily Herald
MARSHFIELD -- The Voyageur Saxophone Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts, 208 S. Chestnut Ave., Marshfield. Members of the quartet are David Hastings, Jenny Bellmer-Callope, Jeff Erickson and Clarke Crandell, all from Stevens Point. Both classical music compositions and newer works will be featured.”
CWSO to present 'Celestial Bodies'
Wausau Daily Herald
April 16 – 17
STEVENS POINT -- Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra will present "Celestial Bodies," its final concert of the 2010-11 "Uniquely Yours!" season, on April 16 and 17 at Theater @1800. Peter Thomas, originally of Stevens Point and currently a cellist in the Milwaukee Symphony, will join CWSO in performing Saint-Saens' "Cello Concerto No. 1 in A." CWSO, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Miles, also will perform Mozart's "Prelude to Apollo and Hyacinthus" and Gustav Holst's "The Planets."
Christine Ebersole and Edward Hibbert to Sing Noël Coward at Ten Chimneys April 29 & 30
April 29 – 30
“On March 7th, Ten Chimneys Foundation will begin public ticket sales for Music in the Drawing Room featuring Broadway luminaries Christine Ebersole and Edward Hibbert – for two nights only, April 29th and 30th. Ms. Ebersole and Mr. Hibbert will offer a very special performance of Love, Noël: The Letters and Songs of Noël Coward in the Lunts’ beautiful, mural-filled Drawing Room, accompanied on the Noël Coward Piano.”
Bluegrass at its best: 'Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long Show' coming to Two Rivers
Herald Times Reporter
“When floods swept Nashville last year, Elizabeth Long, or Lizzy, as her friends and fans call her, lost everything. The water that spilled into her home destroyed guitars, banjos, fiddles, music-business memorabilia, photos and clothes. But it didn't destroy her spirit and determination. Lakeshore audiences can see her in the "Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long Show" starting at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Two Rivers High School, 4519 Lincoln Ave., Two Rivers. The show is part of Brad Klabunde's B.K. Productions bluegrass concert series.”
Blonde ambition struts into Overture with perky, pink ‘Legally Blonde’
The Capital Times
April 5 – 10
“Among musical theater heroines, Elle Woods has a bit of a reputation. The star of “Legally Blonde” is, on the surface, a typical Valley Girl — ditzy, pink-obsessed, with a convertible and a handbag-sized dog. But look past the perky and Elle has some substance. “I think the musical itself, just like the lead role of Elle Woods, is underestimated,” said Nikki Bohne, who leads the cast of “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” opening at the Overture Center on Tuesday, April 5. “But it’s more than just that … it has a good message, and it has a lot of depth and heart. You can walk away feeling uplifted and inspired.”
Milwaukee theater's Italian connection
“James DeVita in "In Acting Shakespeare" for Renaissance Theaterworks. Photo by Carissa Dixon Betsy Skowbo (left) and Angela Iannone in Next Act Theatre's "A Sleeping Country." Photo by Matt KempleItalians took center stage in two major theater openings here last weekend. Renaissance Theaterworks is devoting its final production of the season to a non-fiction Italian-American character, Spring Green actor James DeVita. Next Act Theatre is closing out its season with a trip to Venice to meet a larger-than-life fictional Italian countess who becomes a sage for a troubled young American woman.”
Forward Theater’s new season will open with Aaron Sorkin play
“A play by "The Social Network" screenwriter Aaron Sorkin anchors Forward Theater Co.'s 2011-12 season, opening in November in the Overture Center Playhouse. "The Farnsworth Invention," about the man who invented the television and the executive who stole it from him, ran on Broadway from December 2007 through early March 2008. The Wisconsin premiere will open Nov. 3.”
Whodunnit? Murder mystery 'Victoria's House' opens Friday at Plymouth Arts Center
April 1-2; 8-9
“The Plymouth Arts Center Theatre Company will present "Victoria's House," a murder mystery written by Fred Carmichael, Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 and 8 and 9, at the Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St. All performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. The story is set in the beginning of the 20th century at the Leighton Manor House in rural England. Newlyweds Neil and Victoria Bannister are adjusting to their new life together, when Victoria's House becomes the scene of a murder.”
UArts Managers Invited to Apply for 2011-12 Kennedy Center Fellowship Program
Philanthropy News Digest, The Foundation Center
Deadline: April 1
“The Kennedy Center Fellowship Program annually provides comprehensive study to up to ten arts managers at the Washington, D.C.-based John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts with coursework in strategic planning, marketing, and development; three practical work rotations in center departments; and a series of professional development seminars. The program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, strategic planning, internationalism, and a commitment to new technologies.”
Deadline April 1
The 2011/12 call for Overture Gallery applications begins January 28th. This announcement is distributed through our email list, to local media & on this webpage. Applications are due APRIL 1, 2011 and will be juried shortly after the due date. In early June Overture Galleries will announce the upcoming, year-long season. The new season begins each fall and runs through the following summer. If you would like to be added to the galleries email list, contact the Gallery Coordinator by email: email@example.com or phone: 608.258.4961.
HUUMusic scholarships availableUH
Herald Times Reporter
April 1 Deadline
MANITOWOC — “Acoustic Fest Inc. again will award the Jim Krueger Memorial Music Scholarship in honor of the late Jim Krueger. The scholarship is open to anyone in Manitowoc County who plays a musical instrument or is a vocal musician and will be 16 to 22 years old as of July 16. It is to be used to further music education at the college of the recipient's choice, at a music camp or at music workshops. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by this year's Acoustic Fest proceeds. The scholarship recipient will be invited to perform at Acoustic Fest on July 16, but performing is not mandatory.”
Joyce Foundation, Philanthropy News Digest
“An annual program of the Chicago-based Joyce Foundation, the Joyce Awards provide funding to Midwest cultural institutions working to advance the creation and production of new works by artists of color in dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Since 2004, the program has provided a total of $1.6 million to artists of color and cultural organizations in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis.”
HU$2,500 Grand Prize, Mackinac Island Contemporary Art Exhibition ContestUH
Deadline: Mon, May 16, 2011
Best of Show:$2,500 and gold medal, 2nd:$750, 3rd:$500. Mackinac Island-related 2-dimensional artwork (excluding photography). $25 per piece entry fee. Juror selected artwork displayed in state-of-the-art Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum's Contemporary Art Exhibition from July 15-October 9, 2011. Sponsored by Mackinac State Historic Parks. Award presentation held July 24. Contact: Jolene Priest | (231) 436-4100
UFirst Peoples Fund Invites Nominations of American Indian Artists for Community Spirit Awards
First Peoples Fund, Philanthropy News Digest
Deadline: May 31
“The First Peoples Fund is accepting nominations for its Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Community Spirit Awards are national fellowship awards for established artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists. The award honors American Indian artists who exemplify their traditional cultural values and way of life by sharing their creative talents and skills with others in the community.”
New Partnership for French-American Jazz ExchangeUH
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Deadline May 31
Baltimore, MD - February 2, 2011 - Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, FACE and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy have announced a new partnership to administer the French-American Jazz Exchange ("FAJE"). Created in 2005, the program is dedicated to furthering the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the interchange of artistic practice and exposure to new constituencies.
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission Announces NEW Special Grant Opportunity: Distinctly Dane
Dane County Cultural Affairs
June 1 Deadline
“Help Dane County Celebrate it’s 175th Anniversary In addition to project and capital grants, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission presents a special grant opportunity related to the county’s year-long 175th anniversary celebration. Distinctly Dane focuses upon our sense of place, belonging, and identity as expressed by Dane County voices. Dane County’s past, present, and future will be featured in selected grant projects. The Commission hopes this theme inspires new local arts, culture and history projects and programs representing a broad range of topics such as our Native American ancestors, agricultural roots, conservation legacy, ever-growing ethnic and cultural diversity, devotion to sustainability, mixture of rural, natural and urban landscapes, values and aspirations for the future of our Dane County home, and more.”
HMacArthur Foundation Accepting Proposals for Documentary Film Grants
Philanthropy News Digest, The Foundation Center
Deadline: June 1
“The Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2011 documentary film grants program. The program seeks to fund documentary film projects that address the significant social challenges of our time or explore important but under-reported topics.”
UMACKINAC ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION CONTESTUH
Entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2011.
Photographers also have a unique opportunity to showcase their best work to visitors from around to world. Announcing MSHP’s first Mackinac Island Photography Exhibition, aimed at sharing Mackinac moments captured on “film." Photographers can share their vision of Mackinac through various forms, including digital or analog, color, monochrome, or any alternative photographic process. Juried by talented S. Kay Young, a Native American Detroit-based artist and teacher at Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills Heritage Park Art Program, this photography contest offers a first place cash prize of $500, sponsored by Mackinac Associates, second place of $350, sponsored by Benjamin of Mackinac Island, Inc., and third place of $150, sponsored by Joanne's Fudge. Young will select an array of inspirational photographs to appear in the art museum’s Mackinac Island Photography Exhibition, open August 1-October 9, 2011.
HUCalling all furniture makers & artisans!UH
KL Communications Invites Furniture Makers & Artisans to Exhibit in the 2011 Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Shows
TIVERTON, RI – KL Communications is pleased to invite artisans designing and handcrafting furniture, accessories, fine art & craft to apply to exhibit at the 2011 Fine Furnishings & Fine Craft Shows taking place in Baltimore (April 15-17, 2011), Milwaukee (September 30 – October 2, 2011), and Providence (October 21-23, 2011). These shows primarily present studio and custom furniture with home décor accessories such as lighting, floor coverings, and fine art as well as quality handcrafted jewelry, wearables, pottery, glass, sculpture, and more. Artisans from throughout North America working in all media are invited to apply for an invitation to exhibit and sell their work at any or all of the 2011 shows. Applications to exhibit can be downloaded from the “Exhibitor Info” heading at www.FineFurnishingsShows.com or call 401-816-0963 for more information.”
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