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Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
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2008 Joint Conference: COLLECTIONS, COLLECTIONS, COLLECTIONS
Sponsored by The Middle Atlantic Folklife Association, the New York Folk Arts Roundtable and Cooperstown Graduate Program
April 10-13, 2008
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.
Friday, February 29, 2008
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
Saturday, February 16, 2008
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 Answers.com>>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.
- Alaska Highway Start, courtesy of Yufei Yuan (August 10th, 2005), Wikipedia.com>>Alaska Highway. Answers.com>>Alaska Highway caption: "A monument at the southern terminus of the Alaska Highway (Dawson Creek)."
- Alaska Highway End (Delta Junction), courtesy of Nader Moussa (August 3, 2007), Wikipedia.com>>Alaska Highway caption: "A monument at the northern terminus of the Alaska Highway (Delta Junction): Signpost marking the end of the AlCan (Alaska-Canada, or Alaska Highway), at the Delta Junction tourist information center.. The signpost reads: 'This highway was constructed during World War II as a military supply route for interior Alaska Military and Airfields in 1942. 7 Army regiments and 42 Contractors and Public Roads Administrators working from Delta Junction South and Dawson Creek North completed it when they met at Soldiers' Summit at Kluane Lake Yukon Territory in November 1942. At the peak of construction, 77 Contractors employed 15,000 men and 11,000 pieces of road building equipment. The total construction cost for 1422 miles was $115,000,000.' "
- Watson Lake Signpost, courtesy of Yufei Yuan (August 15th, 2005). Wikipedia.com>>Alaska Highway. Answers.com>>Alaska Highway caption: "Signpost forest at Watson Lake, Yukon"###
Monday, January 28, 2008
[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
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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:
- Tag line: "The less art kids get, the more it shows."
- Read: "10 Simple Ways Parents Can Get More Art in Their Kids’ Lives."
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. ###