Community Engagement Series to Select Public Art Locations for the 2022 – 2027 Bond – The City of

Primbondh/ January 27, 2023/ arts & culture

Contact: Stacey Norton, Department of Arts & Culture



SAN ANTONIO (July 28, 2022) – The City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture wants to hear from residents on where they would like to see Public Arts projects installed in each Council District as part of the 2022 – 2027 Bond. The Department of Arts & Culture will host a community engagement series, along with SASpeakUp surveys, to help residents provide feedback. 

During the May 2022 election, voters approved all six propositions in the 2022 – 2027 $1.2 billion municipal bond, which includes 183 capital improvement projects and a record-high funding for public art. The City of San Antonio’s Public Art Program relies heavily on community engagement and feedback to shape what public art looks like in San Antonio. The Department of Arts & Culture’s community engagement series allows residents to share their voice and support

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Mayor Duggan and Detroit ACE announce plans to activate neighborhood Arts Alleys around the city

Primbondh/ January 27, 2023/ arts & culture

Mayor Duggan and Detroit ACE announce plans to activate neighborhood Arts Alleys around the city

  • Funded by $3 Million in ARPA dollars with support from the Ford Foundation

  • Project a key component of Mayor’s Blight to Beauty initiative

  • Artists, alley design to be selected by residents during community engagement process

  • Transformations to include infrastructure improvements for alleys making them renewed and able to be utilized again

DETROIT – Today, Mayor Duggan and Detroit ACE announced a new initiative to transform commercial and residential alleys in five neighborhoods across the city into community gathering spaces where residents can exhibit and experience art.

The project, called the Arts Alley Initiative, is funded with $3 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) approved by Detroit City Council. The Arts Alleys project, which is part of Mayor Duggan’s “Blight to Beauty” campaign, is also supported by the Ford Foundation. The Art Alleys project

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Black Family Empowerment Day Spotlights San Diego’s Black Arts & Culture District

Primbondh/ January 20, 2023/ arts & culture

San Diego’s Annual Black Family Empowerment Day (B.F.E.D.) introduced San Diego’s official Black Arts & Culture District and Committee to the Southeastern San Diego community. The event took place at Marie Wideman Park on Imperial Avenue on September 24, 2022. PHOTO: Darrel Wheeler

By Darrel Wheeler, 

After 32 years of conversation by multiple community organizers, their wishes were finally granted: to have City officials acknowledge and dedicate nine blocks from 61st Street to 69th Street on Imperial Avenue in Southeast San Diego to celebrate Black culture in San Diego’s newly created Black Arts & Culture District.

Local historians, educators, business entrepreneurs, and Black culture embracers assembled at Marie Wideman Park on Imperial Avenue to celebrate the monumental occasion.

“This is a powerful event and a long time coming. I couldn’t miss this. It is an honor and a blessing to be standing here right now,” Master of Ceremony

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Arts & Culture Newsletter: Live from La Jolla, it’s SummerFest!

Primbondh/ January 18, 2023/ arts & culture

Good morning, and welcome to the U-T Arts & Culture Newsletter.

I’m David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all things essential in San Diego’s arts and culture this week.

La Jolla Music Society’s “Live from The Conrad: La Jolla SummerFest 2022” is more than just a front-row seat at the chamber music festival that wound up on Aug. 26. It’s even closer than that.

Utilizing robot-cams and related low-profile filmmaking technology, director Tristan Cook has created a retrospective onstage experience for the viewer at home. Beginning Saturday, by accessing LJMS’ online Digital Concert Hall, select performances from this summer’s music fest filmed by Cook can be streamed free of charge.

The series begins with three SummerFest 2022 performances and will offer seven more over the course of the digital series. Also included will be behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews and more.

Cook credits the onstage access he enjoyed for

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Economic power of Vermont Arts and Culture assessed

Primbondh/ January 17, 2023/ arts & culture

MONTPELIER—Vermont is participating in one of the nation’s largest studies to gauge the economic power of the nonprofit arts and culture industry, and it needs audience input.

The national study, Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), is the sixth national study of its kind and is administered by Americans for the Arts. Conducted about every five years, the study measures the economic impact of spending on employment, government revenue, and household income related to the nonprofit arts and culture industry. AEP6 involves 387 participating communities representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Now through April 2023, Vermont audiences attending select in-person arts and cultural events, performances, and exhibits will be asked to take a brief electronic survey, either on their own smart device or using a venue-provided device. Survey questions will ask about event-related spending and attitudes toward the cultural event.

Vital anchors for many of Vermont’s communities,

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Town of Avon poised to expand investment in arts and culture

Primbondh/ January 11, 2023/ arts & culture

Many survey respondents this summer have expressed a desire for more concerts in Nottingham Park, like the Los Lobos concert, which took place at Avon’s Summer’s End on Labor Day.
Chris Dillmann/Vail Daily

The town of Avon is poised to continue ramping up its investment in arts and culture this week, with a proposed 36.4% budget increase for summer special event programming going before the Town Council for approval this Tuesday.

According to a report from the town’s Culture, Arts and Special Events (CASE) Committee, Avon has increased its expenditure on special events by 53.9% in the four years since the committee was created in May 2019. The town’s growing commitment to arts and culture is part of its strategy to support tourism and community engagement, lengthen the town’s active season and remain competitive among neighboring communities.

The 2022 summer event season, which started on the Friday of Memorial Day

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Celebrating Arts and Culture in Polk County

Primbondh/ January 10, 2023/ arts & culture

Andy Glogower Photography Daryl Ward

As October brings the promise of cooler weather (and the impending end of hurricane season!), it also shines as National Arts & Humanities Month. Created in 1993 by Americans for the Arts, this month has been set aside for communities to focus on arts and cultural opportunities both nationally and locally. It’s also the largest annual celebration for arts and humanities in the country.

Daryl Ward, the Executive Director of the Polk Arts & Cultural Alliance, is particularly excited by this year’s opportunities. “We’ve certainly been through the ringer the last couple of years related to live events and a decline in our cultural offerings,” Ward noted. “We’re starting to see a refreshed commitment to participating in the shared experiences that arts and cultural events have to offer.”

The Polk Arts & Cultural Alliance is a local nonprofit created in 2004 as the designated Local

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3 ways to celebrate Halloween in Athens without partying | Arts & Culture

Primbondh/ January 6, 2023/ arts & culture

When the temperature drops below 70 degrees and Jittery Joe’s releases its fall flavors, the people of Athens know that autumn has arrived in full swing — even if it still feels like summer on some days. For most University of Georgia students, the first taste of fall means that it’s time to start planning something that is anticipated all year — Halloween weekend.

Many students are excited about heading to Frat Beach or deciding on their downtown destination and planning what costumes they will be wearing for the festivities. However, this is not everyone’s idea of a good time.

For some, a party and the subsequent hangover are the last way they want to celebrate Halloween. The Red & Black has compiled some alternative activities around Athens, or from the comfort of your own home, for those who want to enjoy Halloween in a calmer fashion.

Carve a jack-o’-lantern

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Printmaking society celebrates 60 years | Arts and Culture

Primbondh/ January 1, 2023/ arts & culture

The Los Angeles Printmaking Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a monthlong exhibition at Mixografia Press in Downtown LA. 

Running through Saturday, Nov. 12, the biennial, 22nd National Print Exhibition features innovative, modern artists from around the country selected by this year’s juror, Kenturah Davis, who teaches at Occidental College.

In 1973 LAPS held its first National, just a decade after the organization’s inception, staged at the LA Municipal Art Gallery.

This year’s National honors mother and daughter Betye and Alison Saar, the former being an early member of LAPS and renowned LA artist.

The LAPS is an artist-run nonprofit started in 1962 by Paul Darrow and Connor Everts. The post-war energy at that time drew artists and students studying art on the GI Bill, creating an intellectual and artistic boom.

Darrow and Everts settled in the LA area after having served in WWII. Mary Sherwood Brock, the LAPS

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Celebrate Undas, the Filipino Day of the Dead, in San Francisco

Primbondh/ January 1, 2023/ arts & culture


Whether you observe the annual holiday with your family, or only know about it thanks to Disney’s Oscar-winning animated feature, Coco, it’s hard to miss the colorful displays of ancestral reverence that light up the Bay Area’s many Latino communities every November during El Día de los Muertos.

Bay Area Filipinos also pay homage to their dearly departed this time of year at Undas—a festival that similarly blends Catholic traditions with the age-old Indigenous rites of the Ilocano and Ifugao peoples. 

San Franciscans interested in paying respect to their ancestors—or simply learning more about Undas—can join in ceremonial mask-making, catch a glimpse of the Filipino spirit Tikbalang and stand in remembrance over jasmine-scented altars at these three local Undas celebrations.

Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission St.
Oct. 26-30, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. | Free

Starting Wednesday, altars honoring the ancestors will illuminate Kapwa Gardens for five days. Filipino-run Balay Kreative

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