Artful Webs

Artful Webs

Spinning threads that bring art to life

At a public art workshop sponsored by the New England Foundation for the Arts, Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor, Emerson College, suggested that in addition to crafting the art or art experience, the audience must also be designed. Whether performance or art objects, the environment and context matters to the art consumers. And careful thought can […]

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Do you? If so, add it to #900StoriesOfHope, a gallery-in-process of #IHaveHope stories from all corners of the world. This campaign, hosted by Project Have Hope, exists to remind us all of hope‘s universal power to affect individual and collective change. As an example of this kind of hope, Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute, happening […]

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I keep watch for what cities are doing with arts and culture, especially when there is traction and notable outcomes. Lowell comes to mind as a city that is re-purposing it’s industrial history in creative ways. As a home to many many artists, musicians, and cultural organizations, how the city leverages its many assets is […]

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I stumbled upon the Craft Emergency Relief Fund today. What a treasure. They help equip artists to thrive, supporting artists when they have trouble. And their inspiration and mission is as follows… Our Inspiration If art is America’s common wealth, artists are its most precious asset. Artists reflect our deepest emotions through their creative expressions. […]

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These case studies of arts and culture incorporated in the planning process were captured at a recent meeting of the North Suburban Planning Council (NSPC) and Metropolitan Area Planning Council forum. The City of Fargo is currently working on a pilot project to transform a neighborhood drainage basin into a community commons that will reflect […]

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IBM has embraced design thinking as a product-to-market way. It capitalizes on empathy, multidisciplinary teaming, and reflection. Design thinking, a way to operate and approach opportunity does more than enable creative outcomes. It actually shifts management style and perspectives and integrates teams. It capitalizes on a productive practice not only for products but for society. […]

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MASSCreative​ emailed me today to remind me that today is #artsmatters day. Truly #artsmattersevery day but it is kind of fun to reflect for a moment why arts do matter to ME. Something so integral to life’s sustenance is hard to articulate. How do you describe air? But a brief response to last night’s performance […]

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Back Pocket Dancers

Back Pocket Dancers is an inter-generational dance group that capitalizes on varying physical facility. Not every dancer can jump or offer an arabesque of 180 degrees. No need, it is not a company that makes money with acrobatics or corps de ballet. Rather it offers delightful displays of interactive movements and juxtaposing positions. Why so […]

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Far into the lush green of a meadow and tree-laden country road, I found the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum a welcome break from a hot summers day in Boston. That interruption helped me understand a people who live only an hour away but centuries from consciousness. At the crest of a rounded drive adjacent to […]

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TCR House by Maggie

A yellow house with a lush green entrance and rooms full of color, design, and care, the Children’s Room stands as a beacon of hope to all who visit. Perched on a hill overlooking Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington Heights, this oasis was born of hope in loss. Its evolution hangs in a quilt of individual […]

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NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA did not always have an art program. Thanks to one administrator,  an art program was launched in 1962 to help “tell the agency’s story of adventure.” With varied points of view, emotion, and styles ranging from abstract to realistic, artists render their perspective of space launches. Its […]

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  We all know about Aghanistan: where it is, what has happened since 911, about the Taliban, about suicide bombings, about the loss of life. Do we know how Art is helping to shape Afghanistan’s future? How we can plug in, enjoy, buy, and celebrate? Its worth some investigation I think. So what is happening […]

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Ose Manheim, Storyland Birches

Rain on the outside, color inside is an apt description of  a weekend that gathered 42 artists and samplings of their work for the annual Melrose Arts Festival. In one Friday afternoon, Memorial Hall is transformed. From a big blank space emerges displays of blown glass in every color imaginable, collages that combine bone, photography, […]

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Today marks an anniversary in Boston. Everyone knows. Last year the Boston Marathon exploded with horror and proceeded with kindness and now remembrance. The extreme coverage and focus strikes people in different ways. Some say “enough”. Move on. What of the untold stories of trauma and violence wracking inner cities. What of other lives, limbs, […]

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