Examples of Incorporating Arts and Culture in Community Planning

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 […]

Examples of Incorporating Arts and Culture in Community Planning

Dancing with community in the “Back Pocket”

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 […]

Dancing with community in the “Back Pocket”

Hope in Yellow

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 […]

Hope in Yellow

Mindmapping the Boston Marathon

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, […]

Mindmapping the Boston Marathon

Dark, Delicious Thread to a Haunting Howl

What lurks inside the wrapper beyond eyes that stir my curiosity? Delicious dark chocolate mixed with almonds and cranberries and a wrapper that describes the Gray Wolf’s slow, tenuous recovery in 48 of our 50 states. No doubt, the eyes themselves are art, and the wolf’s cry gives rise to imagination – an otherworldly sound […]

Dark, Delicious Thread to a Haunting Howl

Rebuilding Lives Through Music and Education

Did you  know that in February of 2013, Ensembles of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music performed to sold out audiences at the Kennedy Center in DC and Carnegie Hall in New York City. As part of a tour to the United States, this collection of young music students, some plucked from the streets, many […]

Rebuilding Lives Through Music and Education

Art Enables Identity

This organization, “A Reason to Survive” (ARTS), was founded by Matt Darrigo, artist, who believes that arts provide us with identity. And when arts are stripped from schools, many  youngsters are stripped of identity. Its a form of identity theft. “ARTS is dedicated to creating a movement behind the importance of the arts as a […]

Art Enables Identity

Graffiti urges Afghans to vote in defiance of Taliban | The FRANCE 24 Observers

NGO Hindara and the Kandahar Fine Arts Association sponsored a program that trained 30 young artists in Kandahar to receive training in graffiti arts techniques. These artists have applied these newfound skills despite threats to their live to encourage people to vote in the April 5 election. Their works, 33 graffiti pieces,  exist now in […]

Graffiti urges Afghans to vote in defiance of Taliban | The FRANCE 24 Observers