Public Art with a Social Impact: A Corridor of Art in Mexico City’s Guerrero Neighborhood | KCET

Brightly colored murals, between three and four stories high, line both sides of the main thoroughfare, Eje Mosqueta, that cuts through the Guerrero neighborhood in the north part of Mexico City. Where once there were indiscriminate scrawls of graffiti and signs of neglect, bright murals now celebrate aspects of Mexican culture and history: a profile of a beautiful Sonoran woman, crowned with purple flowers; an ear of corn transforming into a statue of an ancient god of maiz; a woman heaving a broken chunk

Source: Public Art with a Social Impact: A Corridor of Art in Mexico City’s Guerrero Neighborhood | KCET

You can get art, with no buyer’s remorse, at Minneapolis Art Lending Library | Star Tribune

GREAT program.  More communities should start something like this.

The inspiration for MALL came to co-founders Mac Balentine, Julia Caston and Larsen Husby when they were studying in France. On a side trip to Berlin they visited the Neue Berliner Kunstverein, which for nearly 50 years has lent art through its Artothek. For a minor insurance fee of 3 euros (about $3.50), Berliners can choose from among more than 4,000 works from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Full Story:   You can get art, with no buyer’s remorse, at Minneapolis Art Lending Library | Star Tribune

Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

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Keanu Reeves is a publisher of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books – LA Times

“What are books to you?” read a slide projected at the launch for X Artists’ Books as three of its founders — Alexandra Grant, Jessica Fleischmann and, yes, that Keanu Reeves — took the stage at NeueHouse Hollywood last week to discuss their new independent press, which publishes unconventional, interdisciplinary and collaborative artists’ books.

Full Story:   Keanu Reeves is a publisher of the new L.A. press X Artists’ Books – LA Times

The British art market gears up for Brexit; sex sells at Victorian art auctions

A meeting to be staged this afternoon by the British Art Market Federation in the presence of the Heritage Minister, John Glen, will attempt to draw the government’s attention to the art market’s importance to the British economy and to the opportunities that will arise to improve its contribution when Britain leaves the EU.

Full Story:   The British art market gears up for Brexit; sex sells at Victorian art auctions

Thallon silo painting takes art to new heights | The Courier-Mail

Okay, so having spent the bulk of my pre-teen & teen years in America’s “Farm Country”, I have to tell you that I absolutely LOVE this idea!!!  Why hasn’t anyone done this before – it’s absolutely AMAZING!!!

A MEGA canvas has risen from the land in the tiny Queensland town of Thallon, as a community art project two years in the making is completed this week.

Full Story:   Thallon silo painting takes art to new heights | The Courier-Mail

Artist reimagines what the lives of Disney characters would be like in 2017 | Metro News

39-year-old Tom Ward, from Windsor, had worked as a graphic designer on branding and design projects for companies and organisations for years, and having done a few illustrations for clients in the past, he decided to unleash his ‘inner geek’ and try out some pop culture focused artwork.

On his artwork, in which we see the likes of Cinderella fighting with Prince Charming as he’s more interested in his phone, Princess Jasmine doing housework while Aladdin plays video games and Alice in Wonderland ditching her oversized food for a small salad, Tom says he wanted to bring to life ‘the times we live in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way’.

Full Story:   Artist reimagines what the lives of Disney characters would be like in 2017 | Metro News