Artful Webs

Artful Webs

Spinning threads that bring art to life

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 […]

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Reason to Survive

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 […]

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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 […]

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A Turkish Coffee-House, Constantinople

I like coffee shops. They hum with discussion, writing, thought. That deliciously dark and aromatic liquid is imbibed in its varying degree of strength. And though not all countries have had this coffee culture, gatherings to discuss and share a drink of some sort is a custom that we can trace back to various forms. […]

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I hope we are on the way to a better, more generous, equitable, thriving society today 2014.  Some are pessimistic. I am optimistic. Why, because we have so much history and wisdom to draw from. We  have access to stores of information that have been collected by many.  And the frame of a website, database, […]

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Watch live streaming video from newplay at livestream.com On January 25th, 2014, Mayor Walsh hosted a public hearing during which he invited arts representatives and organizations to share their ideas about what to keep, change, add in Boston regarding expanding arts throughout the city. People spoke for 2 minutes each, reading from condensed testimonies about […]

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offers this videotaped set of interviews with arts educators reporting their miracles and observations about what the arts in school enable. Arts Learning is a resource for Massachusetts teachers, parents, students, administrators seeking a path to integrate arts into education by “advancing policies, practices, programs and partnerships to achieve a new level of excellence in […]

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An artist and art enthusiast makes the case for Art’s power to influence society. And his claim underlies his advise to businesses to “seek out artists and look for creative minds and thinkers.” For he says, it is the visual communication that brings about successful and promotion of ideas, of products, and of thinking. “You […]

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As you may know, the state of Massachusetts identifies seven industries as key to the economic health of our state. They are Life Sciences, Finance, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Defense, Creative  and Maritime. And to bolster the Creative Economy, a force that employs about 100,000 people, Massachusetts has launched a Creative Economy Initiative, a […]

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When I am asked if I am an artists, I say yes but I have not found a medium. I dabble in card, interior, web, and food design. I also play violin on occasion and sing with a local Scandinavian vocal ensemble. I notice ambiance, aesthetics, design. It makes a difference to my experience. When […]

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