Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

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A “centrepiece of the whole of 20th-century art”: rediscovered Francis Bacon piece to be auctioned at Christie’s

A rediscovered painting by Francis Bacon is to be shown for the first time in over 50 years at next month’s contemporary art sales in London. The 1955 painting of Pope Pius X11 seated on a golden throne, his hand raised in some enigmatic gesture, was last exhibited in 1962 and sold the following year in Turin. Since then it has been locked away in a very private collection.

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‘Art Gone Wild’: Oklahoma City Zoo marks eighth year of showing animal art for a good cause | News OK

The eighth annual “Art Gone Wild” exhibit will display artwork from alligators and anacondas, ocelots and okapis, snow leopards and sea lions throughout September in the south lobby gallery of the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge.

Among the new artists who will be showing their work are the zoo’s 3-year-old Indian rhinoceros Rupert, two baby flamingos and a group of juvenile Galapagos tortoises. Returning favorites like the great apes and Asian elephants were provided a few larger canvases than last year, meaning that there will be even bigger paintings for their fans to admire and acquire.

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North Country revitalization through the arts – Sun Community News & Printing

More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…More regions are seeing the benefits of supporting the arts…

A group of art, history and business executives convened last week to talk about ways the arts can spur economic development in the North Country.

The panel discussion, attended by over 50 residents, was hosted by the Adirondack North Country Association at the Harrietstown Hall in Saranac Lake on Aug. 22.

Philip Morris, the CEO of Proctors Theater in Schenectady, gave a presentation on ways that his theater has worked toward revitalizing the city as a whole.

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​5 For Good: Public art initiative helps to transform downtown Lynn

This is a great example of how Public Art can build a community and help change attitudes. It does a good job of exampling some of the reasons I’ve often argued for more public art, especially in otherwise dark, lonely or dreary locations. Now I wish we would get more of a move this directions INSIDE our community buildings, places like schools, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, etc. Don’t forget to treat people’s souls when you treat their bodies – it’s a full life experience each of us are craving.

His nonprofit Beyond Walls aims to respond. The first phase was a mural project. Fifteen murals, in some cases building-sized, were painted in a 10-block area of downtown Lynn. They were completed in a 10-day period by artists from around the world. The goal was to reflect the cultural makeup of Lynn. Mayor Judith Kennedy says the murals are making a big difference for the city’s economy.

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Blue Dog print to benefit schools affected by Hurricane Harvey | NOLA.com

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the popular New Orleans artist George Rodrigue created an edition of benefit prints that depicted his beloved blue dog submerged in eerie blue water. A red cross appeared on the dog’s chest and an American flag drifted in the background. The dog’s beseeching eyes were bloodshot with fatigue.

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How valuable is great exposure for free art, labor

A must read for those new to the arts industries – watch out for the “Do it for the exposure” line you will hear often.  Establish your rules and how you will handle donation of services or products now – while your career is still young.  Set your parameters up now and stick to them.  It’s much easier to say “No Thank you, but I am willing to do this…” and then explain what you would be willing to do to help, if anything.  Don’t be bullied or made to feel guilty or tricked.  Study up on the business side of your art – because you will need to understand this side to truly be successful.  Good Luck!

This time of year, artist’s inboxes fill up with requests from nonprofits looking for “local” art donations for fundraising. Phrases such as “100% Tax Deductible” and “Great Exposure” fill the introduction letters to entice artists to donate their art.Guess what? Tax law only allows an artist to deduct the cost of materials, not the value of time put into a piece. Blame Nixon. Yes, the former president – Nixon wrote-off millions of dollars for donating his own manuscripts to a library. Then Congress enacted a law with some loose enough terminology to include artists that, basically, states creators can only deduct material costs and not a donation’s fair market value.

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Stunning chair donated to Storyhouse will be enjoyed by children for years to come – Chester Chronicle

This is absolutely beautiful!!  Such craftsmanship!

A stunning, hand-sculpted reading chair has taken pride of place in the children’s library at Storyhouse , thanks to generous benefactors.

As a special gift to Storyhouse to commemorate its opening in May this year, the Friends of Chester Literature Festival commissioned award-winning local craftsman Simon O’Rourke to create a unique storytelling chair for the library.

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