Unique project gives West Dunbartonshire communities a voice through photography

A unique initiative is giving communities the chance to find their voices through the power of photography.

The Inclusive Images project empowers residents across West Dunbartonshire to raise awareness of the area’s diversity and its social challenges.

Aimed at those who experience isolation, they tell their stories through striking images, highlighting their strengths and plights in scenes of both beauty and deprivation.

Ream more @ Scottish Daily Record

At Roswell Park, cancer patients choose art that hangs in their hospital rooms

This is wonderful!

We need more ways to get art into public places like hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center volunteer Julie Legters hangs a drawing in a patient’s room on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

It gets awfully dull sitting in a chair, staring out the window of her fifth-floor room at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, said Angelic Banko.

The Grand Island mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5, has been hospitalized for 21 days to treat internal bleeding.

But just before lunch Tuesday, Banko got very excited. She knew what was coming.

Like clockwork every Tuesday, longtime Roswell volunteer Julie Legters rolls what’s known as a patient art cart up to Banko’s hospital room, chats and shows her various images of photographs, watercolor paintings and pencil drawings that are loaded onto an iPad. If she wants, Banko can pick out a work of art, and Legters will hang the framed original in her room.

As many as 65 other patients on two hospital floors of Roswell can do the same thing.

Continue at Buffalo News

Music therapy can help people suffering from dementia

Music therapy can help people suffering from dementia

A new study has reported that dementia symptoms such as anxiety, memory loss, agitation and aggression can be significantly improved if people suffering from the disease listen to and play music.

It was carried out by a commission set up by the International Longevity Centre think tank and charitable trust the Utley Foundation. The conclusions were found by consulting a number of experts and looking at previously compiled evidence.

The report argues that insufficient funding is being directed into music therapy, and hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from greater awareness of its value.

Continue at Mixmag

‘It’s a Tremendous Boost’: British Government Backs Plan to Protect Music Venues From Closure

The British government has said it will strengthen planning laws to better protect music venues in the U.K.

Following a concerted campaign led by umbrella organization UK Music, Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has pledged to change planning regulations to give venue owners greater protection from developers.

“Music venues play a vital role in our communities, bringing people together and contributing to the local economy and supporting the country’s grass roots music culture,” said Javid, announcing plans to establish the ‘Agent of Change’ principle in U.K. law.

Read @ Billboard

“If You’re A Gourmet, You Should Stay At This Upcoming Paris Hotel”

This would be an amazing experience!! Plus, PARIS! I think I h ave a new addition to my bucket list… *sigh*

Food will also figure into the design of the rooms which will have expanded areas for dining with meals prepared by private chefs although there will also be a restaurant for public dining, the 150 seat Café Fauchon. Otherwise, the 60 rooms, of which 20 will be suites, will be designed in contemporary style and all will have views over Place de la Madeleine or Boulevard Malesherbes.  The hotel’s overall construction, the combination of two historic Haussmann buildings previously housing the Baccarat boutique, is being overseen by architect Richard Martinet who was responsible for the creation or renovation of four other Paris palace hotels, the Peninsula Paris, the Hotel Shangri-La Paris, the Hotel de Crillon and the Hotel George V. The reported cost is 40 million euros.

Read at Forbes

Hotel bans ‘free-loading’ bloggers after YouTuber asks to stay for free – ignites massive debate in the process

This hotel went so far as to “ban” all bloggers (and vloggers, I’m guessing). Do you think there is too much “entitlement” in the blogging industry?


A Dublin-based hotel has slammed a lack of dignity from so-called “social media influencers” who expect to be able to stay for free because of their YouTube or Instagram followings.

Paul Stenson runs the White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin and was contacted by a YouTuber who wanted a room over the Valentine’s Day weekend.

And because she had 87,000 YouTube subscribers, she expected to stay for free in exchange for promotion.

Stenson shared the email he received on The White Moose Cafe’s Facebook page.

This is the notice he posted banning all bloggers:

Full story @ Mirror.co.uk


Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600000 outdoor art near USF med school

A rendering shows what the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute will look like when completed in 2019. Developers are seeking artists and designs for a large piece of public art between the medical school building and a new office building planned next door. [Rendering courtesy of the USF Health]

Water Street Tampa called Wednesday for artists to send in their ideas for a big piece of public art for the outdoor plaza between one of the $3 billion project’s office buildings and the new University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute.

The art should reflect Water Street Tampa’s focus on health, the environment, science and medicine, said Strategic Property Partners, the joint venture between Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment capital fund.

Read @ Tampabay.com

Ethereal Portraits of Women Who Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Fairytale Photography by Bella Kotak

Inspired by fantasy and fairytales, photographer Bella Kotak creates ethereal images that combine sumptuous color and bountiful nature. Her portraits of women fuse flowers, gorgeous fashion, and picturesque settings, resulting in moments that seem plucked from the pages of a storybook.

Kotak masterfully composes her fantasy photography to be meticulously constructed. This can be attributed to her training as an architect, which is where she learned about the power of photography in the first place. “Whilst in my Architecture course,” she told My Modern Met in 2015, “I was introduced to Photoshop and also to Flickr where I saw many young artists using the program to realize their visions.” She started taking one photo a day for 365 days and became “more and more obsessed” with the technical parts of photography—such as the lens, composition, and color toning. Now, one picture might take her months of planning!

Read @ My Modern Met