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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.

New Washington State Arts Education Study Spurs Advocacy

Posted on: Apr 21, 2010

The results of a new arts education study by the Washington State Arts Commission were disappointing to both Susan Coliton, Vice President of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Patricia Wasley, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Washington. While neither woman is directly involved in arts education they view the arts as essential to educating creative thinkers and building a strong economy.

Art in Your Inbox Builds Community

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010

Whether it’s in a bird’s morning song or the architecture of a skyscraper, most of us are able to recognize art in our everyday lives—but one place where art may be hard to find is in our e-mail inboxes filled with hundreds of unread messages, meeting pop ups, and flagged items.

Arts Advocates Descend on Capitol Hill

Posted on: Apr 16, 2010

Over 500 arts advocates took to Capitol Hill Tuesday for Arts Advocacy Day. Starting the with a “pep rally for the arts” attendees of the Congressional Arts Kickoff heard remarks from guest artists Kyle MacLachlan and Jeff Daniels as well as various Members of Congress.

Knitters Attempt to Beautify Cities One Stop Sign at a Time

Posted on: Apr 15, 2010

Trees wearing sweaters, bike racks turned into pieces of art, stop sign posts growing flowers – it’s all part of yarnbombers attempts to make the world a prettier, more fun place. These rogue knitters are making headlines as they cover up harsh steel and add whimsy to utilitarian fixtures in cities across the US.

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