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July 25, 2017

Indianapolis Neighborhood Renewal Project to Include a Crime-Fighting Arts Initiative

Indy East Art Peace’s aim: Create beauty to foil felons

INDIANAPOLIS – An ambitious program to restore and build homes in Indianapolis’ struggling Near Eastside neighborhood is getting an art-oriented boost, thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The 46201 Project, named for the neighborhood’s area code and spearheaded by the Shepherd Community Center, aims to refurbish from 80 to 100 … Read More

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July 11, 2017

Designing The Future, Freestyle

Hip Hop Architecture Camps invite inner-city kids to mold their communities.

VIDEO – There’s no end to the prescriptions that adult pundits make for dealing with urban issues. But how would a preteen or teenager who lives in an inner-city community rethink and remake his or her environment? Answers will emerge from the Hip Hop Architecture Camps, cosponsored by the Urban Arts Collective, the Universal Hip … Read More

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June 26, 2017

The Street Museums

Can you create museums for the anarchic outdoor genre called street art? Sure, as long as they break the rules too.

Whether you call it graffiti art, urban art, street art, or post-street art, the work of spray can and sticker virtuosos has been moving toward the mainstream for decades. It’s commissioned as public art and shown (and sold) in galleries. It got its first major museum retrospective, Art in the Streets, at the Los Angeles … Read More

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June 7, 2017

Street Art Museum Update

Two new projects for housing outdoor urban art challenge the museum paradigm

AMSTERDAM / BERLIN – More and more, partisans of street art are creating museum settings for this basically anarchic genre—and the museums are proving to be as rule-breaking as the art. Berlin’s architecturally innovative, soon-to-open Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art—see photo—and the buildingless Street Art Museum Amsterdam (SAMA) are profiled in the latest … Read More

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May 17, 2017

An Engaged Gathering in Chicago

Open Engagement 2017 was a forum for socially-focused arts

Under the resonant rubric “Justice,” the 2017 Open Engagement (OE) conference was held April 21-23 at the University of Illinois at Chicago and other sites across the city.   The gathering of artists and others involved in socially engaged art offered more than 100 workshops, presentations, panels, conversations, tours, parties and projects, all focused on … Read More

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April 14, 2017

Winner! 3rd International Award for Public Art

Caring for the collectors

WINNER: Pimp My Carroça, Thiago Mundano, São Paulo, Brazil, 2007 In São Paulo, 17,000 tons of waste are generated each day, and only 1 percent of it is recycled; but of this recycled material, 90 percent is collected by the 20,000 or so people who man the carroças, the city’s garbage collection carts, picking up … Read More

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March 8, 2017

Honoring Heroes, Milestones of a Long Struggle

Miami’s first permanent monument to the fight for LGBTQ rights is unveiled

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – Miami’s record in the battle for the recognition of LGBTQ people as full citizens is a notable one, from the work of Ruth Shack, the Dade County commissioner who, in 1977, added sexual orientation to a bill forbidding discrimination (and fought her ex-friend Anita Bryant on the issue) to the Miami-born … Read More

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February 22, 2017

“Black Artstory Month” in Fort Greene

A celebration of African-American artists in a Brooklyn neighborhood features a treasury of store-window murals and exhibitions.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – In a pointed parallel with the commemoration of black history during February, the community-development organization Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership has been highlighting the rich African-American art scene in Fort Greene, in the borough, and in the rest of America, with the fifth annual Black Artstory Month festival. Entitled The Altar: Rituals of … Read More

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February 13, 2017

NowYouSeeMe!

Films documenting, and celebrating, public art honored at the Louvre

Film can be a powerful medium for documenting public artworks—and sometimes films devoted to public art rise to the level of art themselves. NowYouSeeMe!, in its second year, is an international contest to find and honor the best short films about public art. On January 21, the six 2017 winners—and a seventh film—were screened at … Read More

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February 1, 2017

Christo Shelves Over the River in Response to Trump’s Election

Artist to shift his focus from 20-Year Colorado work to Abu Dhabi Project

FREMONT, Colo. – In a statement posted on the website of his Over the River project on January 25, Christo announced that he will shift his attention from that 20-year effort and concentrate exclusively on a project in the United Arab Emirates. “After pursuing Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, … Read More

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January 19, 2017

Sarah Sze Withdraws SF Proposal Over “Significant Changes” to Siting Terms

“Comfort women” memorial also claims a place on St. Mary’s Square site

SAN FRANCISCO – Sculptor Sarah Sze has withdrawn her proposal for a work commissioned by San Francisco’s Chinese Culture Center. The internationally known Chinese-American artist (profiled in our recent cover story on MacArthur “genius” award winners) acted in response to a dispute over the site. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the kerfuffle centers on … Read More

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November 30, 2016

Artists Support the Standing Rock Water Protectors

Mirror Shields, Posters, a Pilgrimage

STANDING ROCK – Artist-led projects backing the pipeline protest include Masonite-and-mirror shields and a “migration.” The nearly eight-month-long gathering of Native people and non-Native supporters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which crosses the Missouri River and traditionally-tribal lands in North Dakota, has drawn support from the artist community, in forms both familiar (posters, banners) … Read More

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