Footage of Siberian Tiger Release

Published on Jan 21, 2015 - Two filmmakers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare race against the clock to capture high-speed footage of a Siberian tiger being released into the wild. In the past, conventional cameras captured only a fleeting glimpse of a tiger as it left its enclosure to return to the wild. But the IFAW hopes high-speed, high-definition videos of these events will inspire people to help with tiger conservation.
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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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LAURA BEDARD – printmaker, fine artist & author – whose work, in her words…

... “has both a biological and celestial feel. Photographs of worlds that were once invisible to us are what spark that creative section of my brain.”  Her initial love of science morphed into the art realm and remains the stimulus for much of her work.  In addition, Laura & her husband have two young children, one being adopted, and her passion for such has translated into an initial book with her sister for all children that we will hear about.
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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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FRANZ FOX – abstract, mixed media fine artist – who, humorously put, is a reformed representational oil painter

... now deeply focused on his own genre of abstract art he calls “Neoplasticity.”  He studied painting in Paris & Malaga, Spain, while his formal education was in architecture which gives him a unique mastery of perspective and spatiality.  A very sad, if not tragic, event occurred in Franz's life that took his journey into art down a path he'd never imagined.  Previously, he owned and operated his own galleries but is now focused on his art and working from his studio in PA.
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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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