Dance/USAâ€™s vision is to lead the professional dance industry by providing value to a strong, diverse membership base and encouraging the membership to be responsive to current economic, demographic and participation realities. But, with limited time at the Annual Conference, sometimes we are unable to have all the conversations weâ€™d like.Â So, this year weâ€™re adding something new â€“ an UN-Conference!Â This special block of time is dedicated to discussing the topics which are important to you, proposed by you, and not offered in other Conference programming.Â We welcome you and your voice at the professional dance table!
ClickÂ hereÂ to make and vote on suggestions for topics and/or questions youâ€™d like to see discussed in our mini UN-Conference.Â Your suggestions will determine the conversation during this engaging afternoon!
TheÂ Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental ManagementÂ´sÂ (CIWEM) Art and Environment Network (AEN) is calling for nominations for their annualÂ Arts and the Environment Award, carried out in association with theÂ Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural WorldÂ (CCANW), to recognise innovation and excellence in work by arts practitioners or environmentalists engaging with arts practices.
Nominations may consist of an artwork, arts project or body of work by a living artist (or group) that is contributing innovatively to CIWEMâ€™s vision of â€œputting creativity at the heart of environmental policy and actionâ€.
The nomination must demonstrate innovation and excellence; whether in ideas, execution or impact.
The award is open to arts practitioners, environmentalists engaging with arts practices, or persons/initiatives that integrate these disciplines.
The focus is on rewarding identified work, not simply a person.
All forms and modes of arts practice, and geographical locations, may be considered.
Special emphasis will be given to inspiring examples of young and/or emerging talent.
The deadline for nominations isÂ 31st January 2013. The winner will be announced in the press and a presentation will be made at a high-profile event (in previous years this has been the CIWEM Annual Dinner).
You can consider putting forward a project, body of work, organisation, person or group you would like to see given special recognition in this way, by sending a short description, and your reasons, to Laura Grant atÂ lgrant [at] ciwem [dot] org.
Cultura21 is a transversal, translocal network, constituted of an international level grounded in several Cultura21 organizations around the world.
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
The activities of Cultura21 at the international level are coordinated by a team representing the different Cultura21 organizations worldwide, and currently constituted of:
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)
Cultura21 is not only an informal network. Its strength and vitality relies upon the activities of several organizations around the world which are sharing the vision and mission of Cultura21
Arcola is hosting the London Global Teacher Network event on Tuesday 8th February from 5-7pm.Â
The London Global Teacher Network (LGTN) is an opportunity for London teachers to share experience, opinions and resources around global learning – online and through meetings and events hosted at various London venues. Membership and events are free.
At the event, as well as exploring the role of sustainability within education, participants will find out more about Arcolaâ€™s vision to become the worldâ€™s first carbon neutral theatre, the research work of â€˜Arcola Energyâ€™, and get a tour of the theatre. Participants will also hear about Arcola’s â€˜Sustainability for Schools programmeâ€™, through which it offers workshops to schools around renewable energy.Â To sign up to come to the event go to: www.lgtn.org.uk
The Santa Monica Museum of Art will be hosting two remarkable events this month which pair art making with social action. Â Taking place thisÂ Thursday, June 3, artist Mel Chin will be will make a special visit to SMMoA and participate in one of our signature programs,Â A Collection of Ideasâ€¦, to discuss his projectsÂ Operation PaydirtÂ andÂ The Fundred Dollar Bill Project.Â Â Over the past several years Chin has brought national attention to the serious issue of high lead content in water, particularly in New Orleans, through the collaboration of hundreds of thousands of art participants across the US (more information below). NextÂ Saturday,Â June 12, SMMoA will also be dedicating our quarterly education workshopÂ Cause for CreativityÂ to Chinâ€™s vision. In this workshop participants will have the opportunity to create their ownÂ Fundred Dollar BillsÂ and become part of this country-wide collaborative art project.
Thursday, June 3, 7 pm A Collection of Ideas…Â Mel Chin: So I guess it has to be this way… Refraction, response to crisis, reframing a few dreams, and more on the delivery of a 300 million dollar difference
In 2006, artist Mel Chin was profoundly affected by post-Katrina New Orleans and developed, alongside scientists, an initiative calledÂ Operation PaydirtÂ to help remediate the alarming levels of lead content in the soil there. The estimated cost of treating New Orleans soil is $300,000,000. Chin will discuss theÂ Fundred Dollar Bill ProjectÂ which supportsÂ Operation PaydirtÂ through contemporary art, engagement, and action. TheFundred Dollar Bill ProjectÂ is a way to become involved in monumental advocacy to inspire and enact change through a process of collecting hand-drawnÂ FundredsÂ – $100 bill templates that allow for personal expression. Chin needs 3 millionÂ FundredsÂ by July 2010 when he will go to the steps of Congress and ask for $300 million to fund the soil remediation project in New Orleans and ultimately in all major U.S. cities. SMMoA will host its ownÂ Fundred Dollar Bill Drawing PartyÂ on Saturday, June 12 (see below)
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Saturday, June 12, 2-5 pm Cause for Creativity: Fundred Dollar Bill Drawing Party
Â In collaboration with artist Mel Chin’sÂ Fundred Dollar Bill Project, described above, participants will hand-drawÂ FundredsÂ that will be collected and presented to Congress as a unique testament of civic engagement through art.Â Joining us atÂ Cause for CreativityÂ is Daybreak Designs – an arts and crafts business which empowers homeless women recovering from mental illness to rebuild their lives through creative, personal and financial growth. Daybreak Designs will have lovely hand-made goods for sale during theÂ Fundred Dollar Drawing Party.Â
I gotta say this makes me just the slightest bit nauseous, and not for the obvious old-lady-with-a-clipboard reasons (nature is nature! etc). Itâ€™s because of the roles and responsibilities of the artist inherent in the work. Here I was all excited about environmental art because itâ€™s such a great example of the logistical application of the aesthetic, of an artistâ€™s capacity to engage and care, a unity of practical and aesthetic reason. Now, again, sing the the memes of art trumping reason, or at least twisting it severely to achieve its goals.
A genetically modified art installation, with no comment to make on genetic modification itself, no analysis really of the human/nature relationship, really just an artistic exploration of the fun and pretty things we could do with plants if given the opportunity to play with their DNA. And I bet it would be stunning.Bugs designed to chew in rhythm! What kind of glorious aesthetic high would visitors to this installation get? Awe and wonder of science, with a little bit of nature, maybe.