Bipartisan Bill Would Boost NEA and NEH Budgets by $1.9 Million Each

Jillian Steinhauer for HYPERALLERGIC, May 1, 2017 - President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, which gives financial boosts to the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities through the end of the current fiscal year. An omnibus spending bill released early this morning by both houses of the US Congress includes increased funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), as well as for the Smithsonian Institution. According to Bloomberg, President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, which would fund the federal government through Septemb...
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Nation’s Report Card Finds Mixed Grades For U.S. Students In Visual Arts, Music

For only the third time ever, the government released today a national report card examining the knowledge, understanding and abilities of U.S. eighth-graders in visual arts and music. And in many ways, the numbers aren't great, with little progress shown in most categories since the last time the assessment was given in 2008. One bright spot: The achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white peers has narrowed. But Hispanics and African-Americans still lag far behind white and Asian eighth-graders. The findings come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NA...
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“Painted Oceans” project!

Published a year ago, so if you missed this... DON'T THIS TIME! :) The Painted Oceans feature documentary film will follow the trajectory of 7 of the world's most famous street artists; SHEPARD FAIREY, HOW & NOSM, FURURA 2000, LONDON POLICE and TRISTAN EATON, as they live together for a month on the abandoned Red Sands Sea forts and paint them during the summer of 2017.
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Six Designs for Trump’s Border Wall, from Solar Panels to a Mexican-American Co-Nation

by Benjamin Sutton & Claire Voon for HYPERALLERGIC, Apr 13, 2017 - Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received hundreds of proposals for the wall that President Trump wants to build along the 1,989-mile border between the US and Mexico. The designs, which DHS’s Customs and Border Protection is currently evaluating, were drawn up by architecture firms, defense contractors, security companies, engineers, designers, and artists, among others. Bidders’ goals and aesthetic sensibilities vary wildly, from the brutal functionality of proposals that resemble the walls surr...
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Sculptor of Wall Street’s “Charging Bull” Demands Relocation of “Fearless Girl”

by Benjamin Sutton for HYPERALLERGIC - The creator of “Charging Bull” is charging its new neighbor with violating his rights. Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who created and clandestinely installed the 2,000-pound bovine monument to American resilience in Manhattan’s Financial District in 1989, claims the recently installed “Fearless Girl” violates his copyright and trademark, and that it illegally commercializes his work. Through his lawyer, Norman Siegel, he is petitioning the two companies that commissioned the new sculpture from artist Kristen Visbal — financial services firm State Stree...
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For the First Time, The MET Will Display Indigenous Art in Its American Wing

For HYPERALLERGIC by Allison Meier on Apr 7, 2017 - With a major promised gift of 91 works of Native American art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will now include indigenous art in its galleries on American art. Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced a promised gift of 91 Native American artworks from collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. The donation succeeds 20 objects the Dikers have given to the museum over the past two decades. Significantly, the museum states that the art will be displayed in the American Wing, as previously indigenous works from the United States were...
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BEST OF The Art Scene: “American Artists in Paris” pt 1of3 W DAVID FOSTER

... who is past Lake Tahoe Community College Art Dept Chair and multi-course instructor of 32 yrs in S Lake Tahoe.  David is now enjoying retirement, developing his own career and being a grandpa to a growing family!  His expertise as an artist and Art History teacher is well known & appreciated in the Tahoe community, and we have once again put together what we hope will be an enlightening program centered this time on artistic exploration in other cultures and the influences of such on American artists.  > David's website > This program first aired May 31, 2012
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