Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Eric Whitacre leads a global video project that unites over 2,000 people worldwide through music.


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Andrea Chudzik, 2012
Gregory Keches, 2011
Kristen Kehlenbeck, 2011
Juan Rodriguez, 2011

Our film, “Art Sustains,” is a compilation of interviews revealing the perspectives of students, teachers, and professionals who have experienced the benefits of collaborative arts programs and curriculums. We have planned and created this film based on our passion for the arts, and throughout its process, we have become inspired by our interviewees to continue raising awareness for this cause. We hope to reach audiences throughout the nation (and world!) who will listen to these personal accounts, continue conversations, and take action necessary to provide all students with arts opportunities.

For more information about our mission and interviewees, please visit http://artsustains.wordpress.com/.


Personal reflections about our project’s process:

“Once we got up on our feet and began interviewing, the project took on different angles and perspectives. Each person was gracious enough to surrender their time to be interviewed and has a unique, valuable opinion on the importance of Art in human development. They are incredibly easy to sympathize with because they are common people enlightened by the common alternative of Art as a productive route to maturation. These are the everyday people, young and old, who have felt transformed in some way or another by their involvement with the Arts. And the reality is that this opportunity to change and be changed is everywhere, if one is open to it.


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Art in Action

From TEDprize.org:

JR creates pervasive art that spreads uninvited on buildings of Parisian slums, on walls in the Middle East, on broken bridges in Africa or in favelas in Brazil. People in the exhibit communities, those who often live with the bare minimum, discover something absolutely unnecessary but utterly wonderful. And they don’t just see it, they make it. Elderly women become models for a day; kids turn into artists for a week. In this art scene, there is no stage to separate the actors from the spectators.

After these local exhibitions, two important things happen: The images are transported to London, New York, Berlin or Amsterdam where new people interpret them in the light of their own personal experience. And ongoing art and craft workshops in the originating community continue the work of celebrating everyone who lives there.

As he is anonymous and doesn’t explain his huge full-frame portraits of people making faces, JR leaves the space empty for an encounter between the subject/protagonist and the passerby/ interpreter.

This is what JR is working on: raising questions…


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Spencer Kim, 2013

Unite for Children, Unite Against Aids in Children (Mexico, 2007)

Imagine this: A poster of what looks like the drawing by a five year old of a boy stretching out his hands for a hug. The captions read, “I have AIDS; please hug me. I can’t make you sick.” This is one out of a collection of posters on display at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, called “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters.” An exhibit open now through December 4th that showcases AIDS Awareness posters from all over the world from 1985 to present day.

Twenty-five years ago the HIV/AIDS virus swept through the western world, infecting hundreds to thousands of people. Unaware, uneducated, and unprepared for such an epidemic, the western world reacted in ignorance—terming this as the ‘gay’ disease. As countless people continued to be affected by this disease, however, both mainstream and alternative media banded together to tear down false assumptions and reveal the truth behind this virus. Amidst the clamor of various channels of media turning their attention to the issues behind HIV/AIDS, printed posters were by far the most wide-spread and effective.


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More Than Just an Image

Jenny Choi, 2012

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” This line was delivered by Yoda as he trained Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. It was also the inspiration for the artist Abdi Farah, wh

o recently competed on the Bravo network’s reality TV show, Work of Art, and emerged as the winner out of fourteen contestants.

A 23-year old who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, he entered many art contests and schools before landing on this television show. Raised by a single mother in Baltimore, Maryland, he grew up passionate for both art and service, combining the two by teaching art at a detention center for youth in Philadelphia. (more…)

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If you walked through the Dustbowl this afternoon, you probably smelled spray paint and saw an enormous grey addition to the green turf. This sculpture was made to commemorate the the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and stood as “a peaceful reminder of the demand for freedom.”

A sign outside the sculpture read:

“By 1989, the west face of the Berlin Wall was covered with writing while the east side remain untouched. Contributing to public discourse is one excercise of freedom and this sculpture is meant to be a symbol of that freedom. The initial writing on the wall is a contribution of Israeli and Palestinian youth hosted by Boston College this summer.”

“Please take the time to write, draw, or post anything on this wall so that no part is left untouched. What you choose to say is what we say.” (more…)

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