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Major Paintings Stolen in Parisian Heist

Posted on: May 22, 2010

In a dramatic fashion that seems made for the movies and has left police with few clues, five famous artworks disappeared from Paris’ Museum of Modern Art last night. Paintings by Picasso, Matisse and others were removed from their frames and whisked off into the night without triggering alarms or rousing security guards.

Glee Makes the Case for Arts Education

Posted on: May 20, 2010

Although I am still shocked by the way that Glee has been accepted by mainstream America, it is comforting to know that creator Ryan Murphy's depiction of the struggles of outsiders trying to fit into traditional high school stereotypes has become a television and iTunes hit.

Opera Stages Surprise Five-Minute Performances

Posted on: May 17, 2010

Imagine having a quiet afternoon lunch with friends or shopping for your groceries at the end of a long day when suddenly you are surrounded by opera singers who break into song. It’s happened to a few hundred people in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.

Florida’s Library Guy

Posted on: May 11, 2010

Can one regular person really make a difference when it comes to state politics? Meet Paul Clark, otherwise known as The Library Guy around the halls of the Florida Legislature. When Clark, a librarian for the Wilderness Coast Library System in Florida learned that the Florida Legislature was planning to cut the entire budget for state libraries, he quickly became a mainstay of the Capitol building.

Flooding Reaches The Grand Ole Opry House

Posted on: May 4, 2010

Country music's most famous venue, The Grand Ole Opry House, is currently underwater as flooding in Nashville, TN continues. On the verge of celebrating its 85th anniversary, The Grand Ole Opry will have to move all of its shows from its home stage to other venues around town until floodwaters recede and damage is assessed.

Woman Admits to Selling Fake Picasso

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010

Are you looking for some extra cash? If you thought selling a piece of fake art sounded like an easy way to make money, you might want to reconsider. A California art dealer was recently arrested for attempting to sell a fake Picasso for $2 million - leading to jail time rather than a windfall.

Speak Up For the Arts In Schools!

Posted on: Apr 28, 2010

The Arts Education Working Group, a coalition of national arts and arts education advocacy organizations including the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, invites local organizations to join the movement to keep the arts in public schools by signing-on to a statement in support of arts education: Arts Education: Creating Student Success in School Work and Life.

Advocacy is Elementary for Educators

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010

As an arts educator, university supervisor, and past-president of the American String Teachers Association, Mary Wagner has spent her professional life dedicated to the arts.  However, to Mary, there is more to being a teacher of the arts than notes and rehearsal—it also requires the ability to advocate to preserve what you love.

Transforming Neglect Into Art

Posted on: Apr 25, 2010

Vacant buildings with plywood over the windows and doors has long been a basic part of life in some neighborhoods in downtown Cincinnati, OH but Future Blooms is changing that. With creativity and a few coats of paint, volunteers and staff for this Keep Cincinnati Beautiful project transform signs of neglect into possibilities for the future.

A Natural Part of a City

Posted on: Apr 22, 2010

To Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, SC art is a natural part of a city – a part to be preserved and encouraged. It was this vision of the natural fit of the arts in city planning and the role mayors can play in transforming their cities that Mayor Riley shared as the 23rd Annual Nancy Hanks Lecturer.

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