NZ’s Banksy, Paul Walsh, turns street art into full-time career | Newshub

You’ll know Paul Walsh – if not by name, certainly by his art.

If you’ve ever seen a funky utility box on the street, perhaps decorated with a Ziggy Stardust hamster or texting monkey, then it’s one of his. The pastel-palmed painter has been slowly spraying his work all through the country and into the hearts of Kiwis.

It’s gotten so big, he’s been able to quit his day job as a website designer. What started out as artistic graffiti turned into a full-time art career.

Source: NZ’s Banksy, Paul Walsh, turns street art into full-time career | Newshub

Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career | KASU

“I’m trying to let people know who we are,” Tiller said as she flipped through her illustrations. “We’re humans; we’re like anybody else.”

But all this takes money. Art Enables (and programs like it across the country) aren’t free to run. While artists do draw revenue from their work, there is a fee to participate in the program.

Healthcare is more then doctors & medicine.
 
What is the “cost”, financial & otherwise, if we don’t find a way to keep programs like this?
 
I struggle wanting the government to fund them but knowing they always under-fund, and wanting the government to say “no more” so regular people will know these programs will die if they don’t support them.
 
If supported by their community & fundraisers, would they raise more money? Or would we ignore them and instead favor our baubles we purchase over supporting ideas like this? I don’t have the answers, I don’t even know if I’m asking the correct questions. I only know that I hate to see programs & ideas die that are actually helping people.
 
I’m always asking people to look for creative solutions and many are doing just that. Unfortunately, everything cost money and while we all claim to want what’s best for each other, are we willing to support ideas for that purpose?
 
I don’t like relying of government because I feel they often misappropriate any funds designated for these programs, are victims of fraud and stuff everything with pork. But I don’t know if we can rely on the public to do it on their own.
 
I wish I had answers. Anyway, this is a lovely program and a great idea. I hope it continues.

 

Full Story:  Art Studio Helps Adults With Disabilities Turn Their Passion Into A Career | KASU

Mostar’s street art is overcoming division and destruction | Euronews

“At least when it comes to the urban culture the graffiti and murals gave a new identity to this city. And having in mind that the city has over a hundred painted murals, the city itself has become one big gallery of street art,” said Marina Mimoza, the festival organizer. Thanks to her and the team that work besides her, great number of artists are coming to Mostar every spring. This year’s edition of the festival gathered artists from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, but also group of artists from Uruguay and Argentina.

Full Story: Mostar’s street art is overcoming division and destruction | Euronews

City again un-expects art deluge

Be honest now – how often do you think of locations like Fort Smith, Arkansas as a hub for international art events?  Love ideas like this and I think it would be good for so many communities to have similar events.

 

The Unexpected is expected later this month to add another layer of colorful and sometimes bizarre public art that is turning downtown into an international art gallery.Officials with the Unexpected announced the third group of urban contemporary artists from around the world who will focus on more than just the murals that have brightened downtown in the two earlier installments.

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Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | The Guardian

The more I hear evidence like this, the more I question why the homes & hospitals we Americans tend to put our Senior Citizens in, have bare walls and allow solitary lifestyles.  Activity rooms focus on mundane activities instead of creative pursuits.  Why is it we just don’t “get” this?  When will it change?  Healing & Wellness includes the betterment of the soul – and we all know ART is what feeds the soul.  Why are we starving our Seniors of this requirement?

A few weeks ago, turning on the radio, I hear a voice saying that creative writing can help wounds heal faster. Startled, I turn the volume up. Volunteers were given small wounds; half were then asked to write about something distressing in their life, the other half about something mundane. The wounds of the confessional writers healed substantially more quickly. A thought or a feeling is felt on the skin. Our minds, which have power over our bodies, are in our bodies and are our bodies: we cannot separate

Full Story:   Art can be a powerful medicine against dementia | Nicci Gerrard | Society | The Guardian

Italian Street Painting Festival celebrates artists and their work through chalk art | Campus | collegian.psu.edu

Underemployed artists during the Italian Renaissance took to the streets, typically outside of Cathedrals, to showcase their talents using two materials: chalk and the pavement.

For hundreds of years, the sidewalk art pastime died out — until recently.

During the 1970s in Southern California, artists once again came back to the streets to convey their works of art, which later would inspire the Italian Street Painting Festival at the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts in 1999.

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He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans

Love the description of the now empty walls creating an “Empty Nest” syndrome.  Lovely story …

The pull of the unconventional led him to purchase an unusual home in New Orleans’s French Quarter and amass a stunning collection of provocative art. And once he’d filled the walls with remarkable pieces, he gave them all away, leaving the white walls empty. This story looks at the moment just before that happened, capturing a snapshot from a lifetime of collecting.

Source: He spent four decades collecting art, then gave it all away – Curbed New Orleans

At the Denver Airport, Art Fuels Conspiracy Theorists

Sigh…. Is this another case of “This is why we can’t have nice things?” syndrome?  🙁

Take, for example, two murals by Leo Tanguma that have long been cited by conspiracy theorists as “evidence” of either a secret masonic apocalypse shelter, an alien colony, or a secret CIA base beneath passengers’ feet. (Most of the conspiracy theories surrounding DIA claim that there are up to six additional levels concealed beneath the airport.) Tanguma’s murals, “In Peace and Harmony with Nature” and “Children of the World Dream of Peace,” have been at the center of conspiracy theories because of their a

Full article:  At the Denver Airport, Art Fuels Conspiracy Theorists