See the Original 1958 Sketches for the Peace Symbol

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by Allison Meier for HYPERALLERGIC, Feb 16, 1017 - Gerald Holtom’s rarely exhibited original sketches for the peace symbol will go on view this March at the Imperial War Museum in London.  The peace symbol is so ubiquitous as a visual of protest and activism, including in the current anti-Trump administration demonstrations, that its creation by an artist in the 1950s is often overlooked. Back in 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom designed the symbol for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) on the occasion of its first major march.  This March, Holtom’s sketches for the symbol will...

2017 El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Finals… and the winners are?

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L-R: Third Place, Alessandra Jester from Charter University Prep; First Place, Zoey Eddy from Oak Ridge High School; Second Place, Anna Salvestrin from Union Mine High School. The aim of Poetry Out Loud is to encourage the study and appreciation of great poetry. Students engaged in the program not only learn about their literary heritage but also build self-confidence through mastering public speaking skills. Now in its eleventh year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud has inspired millions of high school students to discover the beauty and brilliance of the literary canon. > For...

Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest Winners Announced

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By Tahoe National Forest - Feb 1, 2017 - NEVADA CITY, Calif. February 1, 2017 – Today, the Tahoe National Forest announced the first place, second place and third place winners of the 2016 Tahoe National Forest Photo Contest. First place is “Sunset Over the Little Truckee River,” by Matthew Rhodes. Second place is “High Mountain Meadow,” by Monica Haulman, and third place is “Weathered Beauty,” by Kian Berreman. With so many high quality entries, it was hard to pick the best. However, after the judges voted, “Sunset Over the Little Truckee River” was the clear first place winner. “...

The Power of Protest Art and the Dignity of the Protester – opinion

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An exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem about organized protests asks if they can push us to recognize our shared humanity... by Christian Kerr for HYPERALLERGIC on Feb 6, 2017 - What makes one join in protest against an injustice suffered by another? And what makes someone else unable to understand the necessity of these demonstrations? These are the central questions considered in The Window and the Breaking of the Window, a new exhibition of black American artists at the Studio Museum in Harlem — and they’re questions more crucial than ever to ask as the Trump administration takes p...

To Keep Their Artists, Cities Explore Affordable Housing

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Stateline provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy. 02/01/2017 10:48 am ET | Updated 3 days ago - by Teresa Wiltz. NEW ORLEANS — At 75, Deacon John Moore considers himself one of the lucky ones: The scion of three generations of music-making Creoles, he’s been able to sustain himself with his guitar, raise a family, buy a house. Most other musicians here, he says, aren’t so fortunate. He’s tooling around the streets of Tremé — one of the nation’s oldest black neighborhoods and the birthplace of jazz — in his ancient Volvo, pointing out all the gentrified...

California Arts Council Announces Planned Departure of Director Craig Watson

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From CAC press release Feb 3, 2017 - Sacramento - The California Arts Council announced today that Director Craig Watson will step down from his role with the agency effective April 2017. As Director of the California Arts Council since August 2011, Watson has been responsible for the leadership and oversight leading to the substantial growth and renewal of California's state arts agency. In making the announcement, Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council said, "It has been a privilege to work alongside Craig Watson. Craig is a dedicated, passionate, and visionary arts leade...

A Tremendous Roundup Of Street Art Ridiculing Donald Trump

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From England and Austria to New York and Los Angeles, the writing is on the wall... by Lee Moran, Trends Editor, The Huffington Post - Street artists have a lot to say about President Donald Trump ― little of it flattering.  Works criticizing the former reality TV personality began appearing on walls around the world soon after he launched his bid for the presidency in June 2015. Now that the man is actually in the White House, there’s been a renewed explosion of anti-Trump murals, stencils and posters. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the most notable pieces so far ― and we ex...

Lake Tahoe Community College defers decision regarding theatre arts department

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By Autumn Whitney for the Tahoe Daily Tribune Jan 21, 2017 - The decision regarding the future of Lake Tahoe Community College’s Theatre Arts Department has been postponed in order to allow for greater community involvement, according to college officials. The LTCC Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in approval of LTCC President Kindred Murillo’s recommendations on how best to move forward with the theatre program. In her recommendation, Murillo and the LTCC administration noted six new items, in addition to the formation of a task force focused on improving the program. “Basical...

Sotheby’s to Auction Gerhard Richter’s Finest Landscape

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By Nicholas Forrest for BlouinArtInfo, Jan 19, 2017 - Sotheby’s is offering one of German artist Gerhard Richter’s finest landscape paintings during its London Evening sale of Contemporary art. Estimated at £8-12 million, Richter’s “Eisberg,” 1982 will be offered at auction for the first time, having remained in the same Private European collection since 1983. “Eisberg” was painted soon after the artist’s divorce from his first wife Ema in 1981. According to Sotheby’s, the frozen landscape with its balance of arctic, icy hues is widely regarded as a metaphor for Richter’s state of mind a...