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December 19, 2014

Service and Art

Artists and Buddhists engage

Both engaged Buddhism and engaged art found fertile ground in the United States during the 1960s, a politically charged era when social justice, activism, and community engagement were being redefined by race, war, gender, and economic equity. In the United States a convergence of spokespersons from Asia, emphasizing ethics and wisdom practices, expanded our understanding … Read More

December 3, 2014

Glass Labyrinth

Artist: Robert Morris

Kansas City, Missouri – Kansas City native Robert Morris returned to his hometown last spring for the installation of Glass Labyrinth at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park. The triangular seven-foot-tall labyrinth spans 62-feet in length and weighs more than 400 tons. It is the artist’s first permanent labyrinth installed in … Read More

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November 28, 2014

Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks

Artist: Janet Echelman

Vancouver, British Columbia –  Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks is Janet Echelman’s most ambitious sculpture to date. Installed in March 2014 at the TED Conference in Vancouver, the work spanned 745 feet and was elevated between the 24-story Fairmont Waterfront and the Vancouver Convention Center. It took a complex matrix of 860,000 hand and machine-made … Read More

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November 26, 2014

Lightborder 2014

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Berlin, Germany – On Sunday, November 9th, Germany celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built in 1961, the concrete barrier divided the city in a severe attempt to keep East Germans from escaping the Communist regime. After twenty-eight years of struggle, the country was finally reunited in 1989. In commemoration … Read More

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November 24, 2014

Art Activism in Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri – Following the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, a movement against racial injustice began throughout the city of St. Louis. While many people have been activated to join protests, train in civil disobedience, take classes in legal rights, and get out the vote, The Regional Arts Commission … Read More

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November 11, 2014

Honoring Veterans

How public artists memorialize our nation's heroes

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell Every year on November 11th, our nation—along with nations around the world—gathers together to honor those who have bravely served our country. We not only honor the fallen, but the 22 million veterans living in the … Read More

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October 29, 2014

Pollinating Neglected Places

Juan William Chávez aims to help St. Louis reclaim the history and landscape of Pruitt-Igoe

Juan William Chávez, an artist and cultural activist, sees potential in vacant spaces. Since 2010, he’s been exploring the former site of the failed Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri. Built in 1953, the development was riddled with poverty, violence, and segregation until it was eventually demolished in 1972. Over the years, a … Read More

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October 15, 2014

Water Works

Nine artist-driven projects that are transforming watersheds and communities

BRIGHTWATER TREATMENT PLANT (KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON) Artists: T. Ellen Sollod, Buster Simpson, Jann Rosen-Queralt Why did artists help design and decorate a new wastewater treatment plant in the Seattle area? Because it’s the law. A King County ordinance actually specifies that artists be involved early and often in community infrastructure projects. “The commitment of King … Read More

September 3, 2014

Purl Jammers

Yarn bombers celebrate their colorful craft with an international festival

On June 7, knitters around the world brandished their needles and skeins to celebrate International Yarn Bombing Day. Yarn bombers wrap the urban landscape—lampposts, tree limbs, bicycles— with colorful knitted creations. It’s a playful twist on ephemeral street art like graffiti, and its following has grown exponentially since its emergence in the early 2000s, prompted … Read More

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September 1, 2014

Back in the Game

Art returns to sports stadiums

From the Archives (2012) – New sports stadiums in America are incorporating increasing amounts of public art, and this is fitting. The art adds value to fans seeking a “destination experience,” and support for artists can console some cultures that oppose public funding of stadium construction. There is an intrinsic connection, too: the affinity between … Read More