Animating Democracy July 2010 E-News
News from the Field
“Anatomy of an Experiment”: New Insight into The Laramie Project
From El Salvador to Guatemala: Replicated Model to Heal Communities
Art Works For Change is proud to announce The Nature of Cities, a group video installation created for the United Nations Pavilion at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. Guided by the Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” the exhibition presents 16 short videos from artists, animators, and architects from around the world addressing the theme of urban biodiversity. The exhibition illustrates the relationship between the urban and natural environments, proposing new ways forward that acknowledge the necessity of human habitats and the fragile state of our ecosystems. Created with design and pre-visualization by Zoetrope Aubry Productions, the exhibition is presented as a series of six looped videos played across six separate monitors. The exhibition is presented through the generous support of the Adobe Foundation and will be the first created by Art Works for Change in Asia.
Conflict Kitchen Serves Up Political and Cultural Discussion
Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront, which will rotate identities every four months to highlight another country. Each Conflict Kitchen iteration will be augmented by events, performances, and discussion about the culture, politics, and issues at stake with each county.
The first iteration of the Conflict Kitchen project is Kubideh Kitchen, an Iranian take-out restaurant that serves kubideh in freshly baked barbari bread with onion, mint, and basil. Developed in collaboration with members of the Pittsburgh Iranian community, the sandwich is packaged in a custom-designed wrapper that includes interviews with Iranians both in Pittsburgh and Iran on subjects ranging from Iranian food and poetry to the current political turmoil.
Calls for Proposals
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department Announce Two New Funding Opportunities
If I Had a Trillion Dollars Video Project
Deadline: November 30, 2010. The American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project are sponsoring a youth video project to help young people ages 13-23 enter a discussion about the cost of war. Share your ideas about what you would do—for yourself, your family, and your community—with $1 trillion by making a short, 1-3 minute video by November 30, 2010.
If you are age 13-23 or if you work with youth or in schools, this is a chance to get involved in making a video with the theme “If I Had a Trillion Dollars.” The videos already submitted for this project are available on their YouTube channel.
Events on the Horizon
The Hartford Project: Portraying America
Portrait of America (POA), by Joe Standart, initiates monumental, interactive public art exhibitions to engage communities in a constructive dialog that triggers positive change. The exhibitions hold a mirror up to a community to reveal what's already there—the inherent dignity and promise of its people. POA partners with established community organizations to ensure a broad community outreach, meet the needs of the city, and establish relationships and programs with a lasting presence and impact.
Portrait of America's most recent iteration, The Hartford Project, is a celebration of the dignity and diversity of Connecticut's capital city. The exhibition has invigorated the city's downtown district, transforming it into a vibrant interactive photo exhibition, which comes to life in the streets, cultural institutions, local businesses, and other public spaces. The Project uses the power of the arts to facilitate civic engagement, with the goal of animating democracy—bringing diverse people into dialog, promoting compassion and understanding.
Register for the Open Dialogue 2010 Conference
The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) invites both established and emerging leaders to Open Dialogue 2010 to formulate agendas and action items to promote equity in cultural policy, funding, and leadership in the 21st century.
For more information, including a schedule of events or to register today, please visit www.taac.com.
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