Wednesday, May 21, 2008

360 MERIDIAN, LLC and Lisa Tolliver have a new business address

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY - Effective May 20, 2008, 360 MERIDIAN, LLC and Lisa Tolliver (its Principal owner), have moved. The new address is:
1 Wolfs Lane, Box 655
Pelham, NY 10803
The telephone and fax numbers have not changed.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Got art, folks?

I love the "Got milk?" ads. Milk, too. It's refreshing and enjoyable. Good for you, too.

Same thing with art. That's why I'm an Art:AskForMore Official Partner. (You can be one, too.)

Which brings me to this weekend. From today through Sunday, collections, collections, and collections of arts professionals and aficionados will congregate in the upper regions of New York State and of New York City.

Upstate today, in Cooperstown (home of the Baseball Hall of Fame), NYSCA is hosting the opening events for the annual New York Folk Arts Roundtable. The New York State Folklore Society describes the event below:

Sponsored by The Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the New York Folk Arts Roundtable and Cooperstown Graduate Program
April 10-13, 2008
Cooperstown, NY

Our colleagues from throughout the region will join with us in a convening devoted to the topic of collections. It will utilize the exceptional resources of the Cooperstown Graduate Program (CGP), New York State Historical Association and Farmers Museum. This annual meeting of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, held this year jointly with the New York Folk Arts Roundtable, marks the largest gathering of folklorists in Cooperstown since the days of the American Folk Culture Program, and we are greatly excited by the opportunities to be brought about to connect more closely to our Cooperstown colleagues and the students at CGP. The meeting will occur during the glorious days of early Spring, in the Cooperstown museums and Cooperstown Graduate Program facilities by the shores of “Glimmerglass,” Otsego Lake, as well as other locations in the village.Download Conference Schedule and Registration Form here.

Then this Sunday, while the folk arts folks are munching and meeting at a Sunday pancakes-with-homemade-maple-syrup brunch (yummy!), there'll be other doings downstate. Averlyn Archer, owner/curator of the Canvas, Paper and Stone Gallery, informed me about "ArtCrawl Harlem," an afternoon guided bus tour of Harlem's fine art galleries including Heath Gallery, Canvas Paper and Stone Gallery, Essie Green Galleries, Tribal Spears Gallery, Hamilton Landmark Galleries, and Gallery M. Participants in that artfully sumptuous event will end the day eating, too, at a catered reception at the Schomburg Research Library. Afterward, sated on fine art, food and company, each guest will receive another treat: a tote bag filled with goodies.

Get details about ArtCrawl Harlem here. Tickets are $45.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Podcamp NYC 2.0 has been rescheduled for April 25-26, 2008

Podcamp NYC 2.0, originally slated to begin today and end tomorrow, has been rescheduled for April 25-26, 2008. Whew! Even though this is a leap year, there's so much to do and so little time this month and next. Gathering around the Podcamp site in late April works much better for me. Moreover, say the organizers:
We decided to move Podcamp NYC to April 25 & 26 rather than the original dates for a couple of reasons, including less chance of this crazy winter weather this year impacting the event, and to take advantage of the great outdoor space at Polytechnic University, as well as to give us organizers some more time to make the event special. We want to have the best event possible, and this was a date that worked better for us and worked for our venue as well.
You can read about the Podcamp NYC 2.0 Theme (Education), venue (the Marriott-Brooklyn Bridge), speakers and confabs here.###

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Get wild today! Celebrate African American History Month at the Bronx Zoo

If you're in the New York metropolitan area, get wild today! Come celebrate African American History month at the Bronx Zoo. As Bronx Zoo News and Events reads:

Wednesday February 20: Pay-What-You-Wish Day!

Join us on Wednesday, February 20 to celebrate African-American culture and wildlife. Catch the beat of drum and dance performances, make your own jewelry, and visit gorillas, giraffes, and other animals that call African jungles and savannas home.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Black History Month, Video: "The first white man I ever saw was black"

The Alaska Highway (also known as the Alaska-Canadian - or Alcan - Highway), was built in eight months in 1942. The international roadway - which extended 1,523 miles (2,451 kilometers) northwest from Dawson Creek, British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska and navigated through some challenging virgin territory - was nicknamed the "Oilcan Highway" by the United States servicemen who built it, discarding empty oil containers along the way. Sources at>>Alaska Highway report: over 10,000 American soldiers, approximately one-third of them black, constructed the highway as "an emergency war measure to provide an overland military supply route" to military forces in Alaska during World War II.

Completing the Alcan Highway, in record time, "was a significant engineering feat because of the difficulties of terrain and weather." On the human side, bitterly cold temperatures and frostbite sent some troops searching for warmer clothing and shelter.

During one such foray, recounts Modern Marvels: Alcan Highway, some black soldiers stumbled upon a Canadian Indian village. They left a lasting impression. Years later, one villager remarked: "The first white man I ever saw was black."

As this is Black History Month, and I am a Veteran's History Project Official Partner, I highly recommend watching this informative, inspirational History Channel program. Modern Marvels: Alcan Highway shares many incredible stories about the construction of an engineering marvel, about the creation of landmark sites (such as Signpost Forest at Watson Lake, pictured below right), and about black soldiers who persevered - and made heroic contributions - despite segregation and racial discrimination during an already-challenging project.
For example, heavy construction equipment was in scarce supply and was assigned only to white troops. This left the black servicemen vulnerable to untrue accusations that they were too ignorant to use heavy machinery. In response, some creatively assertive black soldiers disproved that vicious rumor, and substantially contributed to the roadway's completion, by "borrowing" heavy equipment from sleeping white troops at night and using it to build miles of roadway before daybreak. In the morning, white servicemen would awaken to find their machinery intact, and long, new stretches of roadway punctuated by signs that read: "Completed by [Black Regiment's Name]."

That's not all. There's much more to Modern Marvels: Alcan Highway. Get the complete story on VHS or on the History Channel.


Monday, January 28, 2008

Postscript to Intervention: Sopranos Style

These lines from The Sopranos constitute a fitting postscript to "Intervention: Sopranos Style."

[Christopher just got out of drug rehab.]

  • Tony S. : So, what step are you at now?
  • Christopher: I did all the steps, except for the one where I'm supposed to go around and apoligize to all the people I f[*]cked over when I was using.
  • Tony S.: I think maybe you shouldn't do that one. You know, let sleeping dogs lie.
  • Christopher: Yeah, that's what I was thinking.

Friday, January 25, 2008

March 29, 2008 is the first international SWAN (Support for Women Artists Now) Day

The first international SWAN (Support Women Artist's Now) Day will be March 29, 2008. On SWAN Day, I'll be displaying photography in Grace Institute Gallery's Women's History Month exhibit, "Never Routine: Women in the Course of their Everyday Lives." What will you be doing?

You can learn more about:
  • The exhibit, and see who won the contest here.
  • How to make tax-deductible purchases and contributions, and double (even triple) your money here, under "Non-Profit Fiscal Sponsor."
  • SWAN Day here.###

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    Art and about: my activities on the creative tip since 3Q 2007

    I haven't posted much since my friend Ken died, but I've been busy nonetheless. Here's some of what I've been up to lately "on the creative tip" (as Ken would say). It's posted in no particular order.

    Since 3Q 2007, I:

    Registered as an official partner in "Art. Ask for More," the national arts education public awareness campaign of Americans for the Arts and the Ad Council.

    Updated my Artist's Profiles in the:

    Posted "The Business of Art: the RAC Marketing Toolbox For Artists" to the SCORE Chapter 306 Blog.

    Submitted photography to Grace Institute's juried art exhibition for Women's History Month. "Never Routine: Women in the Course of Their Daily Lives" will be on display from March 3-April 25, 2008. Stay tuned for results of the competition.

    Co-authored, edited and illustrated a children's puzzle book and added audio and animations to transform it into a multimedia activity packet. The work received a standing ovation when presented to a university children's literature class. Stay tuned for publication and purchasing details.

    Served on several grant evaluation panels throughout Greater New York, and made a presentation about the QCAF regrant process to the Queens Council on the Arts Board of Directors. Congratulations to all grantees, especially my pal April Lynn James (whose panel I sat out). NOTE: participating on a grants panel is an excellent learning experience for proposal writers.

    Ghostwrote several articles, reviews and papers. NOTE: This is also a great way to expand one's horizons.

    Created new interactive works and exhibition pieces, and contacted venues. Stay tuned for upcoming exhbits and events.

    Received a scholarship for audio recording and production training. ###