Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Opens National Artist Fellowship Call for Submissions | Benzinga

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has issued an open call for submissions for its 7th year of National Artist Fellowships. The fellowship awards up to $20,000 to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists who demonstrate exemplary skill and exceptional quality of work in any one of the following five categories: Traditional Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Artistic Innovation and Literature.

Source: Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Opens National Artist Fellowship Call for Submissions | Benzinga

Artist paralyzed in 2010 accident showcasing art at Toledo Zoo

Stories like this make me feel like such a slug – but so proud of others.  I stop complaining about how “hard” something is to do when I come across amazing people like Jeremy.

Jeremy recalls, “Coming from a background of being athletic and very active and independent, and at the drop of a hat, things change in your life, you get to make a choice.

“That change came in October 20-10, when a car accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. But, he made a choice: to stay positive and keep going. And he does that through art.

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Splash of color added to Newark Avenue, courtesy of art students (PHOTOS) | NJ.com

Beautiful flowers are popping up along along Newark Avenue in Jersey City — and as a bonus, they never need to be watered.

The flowers — and other incredible designs — are being painted by Jersey City high school students in the planters all along the busy stretch of roadway. The project, under the guidance of teacher Danielle Scott, is being completed by 26 students from Snyder, Dickinson, Ferris and McNair high schools.

Great use of HS Art Students!  Let them get involved.  It helps them to develop “real world” art skills and to take pride in their community.  Why more High Schools don’t do projects like this is something I’ve never understood.

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How to create the best relationship between illustrators and their agencies – Features – Digital Arts

The life of an illustrator is hugely rewarding and unconventional at best – but it doesn’t come without hard work and many challenges.It’s almost impossible to avoid commercial projects, but these have to be balanced alongside personal growth and creative satisfaction – clients like to see a well-rounded portfolio, and illustrators that flourish are the ones who can adapt yet refine their style.

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‘This is a first for Calgary’: Public art on 17th Avenue S.W. aims to bring back business – Calgary – CBC News

The City of Calgary hopes a series of public art projects will draw people to businesses affected by 17th Avenue S.W. construction, but restaurant owners in the area aren’t so sure it will work.”I know that New York and Montreal and cities like that have done this in the past. This is a first for Calgary,” said Logan Tolsma, a senior project engineer with the city.

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Vying for Tech Collectors, Dealers at the Seattle Art Fair Try a Novel Approach: Old-Fashioned Art | artnet News

Organizers of the Seattle Art Fair are pulling out all the stops this year in an ambitious bid to secure the fair’s place on the annual circuit and cultivate the nascent market in the Pacific Northwest—a region flush with tech money but not yet overflowing with art collectors.

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Atascadero News | Call for artists: Zappas family sponsors $10K Atascadero mural project

Artists are invited to submit a drawing to be produced into a 59’x16’ mural on a gas station wall off El Camino in downtown Atascadero. An optional 17’x16’ wall is available if needed for the design. The mural contest began in support of Women’s Equality Day, as part of the “City Beautiful Movement” that dates back to the city’s roots. The deadline for the sketch, sponsored by the Zappas family and Z Villages property development team, will be Aug. 29.

More Info: Atascadero News | Call for artists: Zappas family sponsors $10K Atascadero mural project

Pa. woman helps homeless opioid addicts through art

The theory of the four-month-old Storefront — a collaboration between Mural Arts Philadelphia, community organizations, and the city Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services — isn’t exactly art therapy, though Mural Arts has done that with people in recovery for years. It’s more like art as harm reduction, the same principle that guides needle-exchange programs and safe injection sites. Now, they’re finding out just what that looks like in practice.

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