Veteran Artist Program Kicks off ‘Operation Artists in Action’ CD
Brian (BR) McDonald, a musician, veteran and founder of The Veteran Artist Program, has also written on the subject of veterans and the arts (emphasis mine):
The truth is that many military service members are creative individuals who continue to innovate, serve in their communities and use the arts to communicate a unique veteran perspective.
In 2009, I returned to the arts after eight years in the military, during which I was deployed four times for Operation Enduring Freedom in Southeast Asia. Although I had been out of the arts scene for nearly a decade, I was by no means new to it. I had been a musician and performer all of my life. I was excited to reconnect with my love of the arts, but I was especially struck by meeting so many other veterans who had similar stories of putting their love of the arts on hold to serve….
Many organizations help veterans to express themselves and address issues related to combat and reintegration through art. But that approach can exclude those veterans who aren’t looking to the creative process as a form of therapy but want to make art for the same reasons as their peers.
Less than one percent of the American population has served in Afghanistan or Iraq since the September 11 attacks. This extreme gap in perspective is driving assumptions about veterans that are often perpetuated by the arts and entertainment industry. Giving veterans the tools, training and access they need to work in the arts community gives a voice to a population that is often the subject of media representation but rarely has a say in how they are portrayed.
Thirty years ago the famous New York street artist painted a mural on the wall of the old Collingwood Technical School in Melbourne’s inner-north.
Italian conservator Antonio Rava spent months lovingly restoring the mural to its former glory last year, after much debate about how it should be treated.
He says the mural was in such a terrible state, many people thought it could not be saved.
But a careful clean revealed the original colours were still there.
“This was a big discovery, everybody was thrilled, we didn’t know at the beginning the colour was there,” he said.
“When everybody says, ‘oh beautiful, you repainted it!’, we say not at all, we really conserved, and we really treated it as an old master painting.
“Every stroke, every line, it’s full of his energy.”
Read the full story of how the painting was made.
— DiscoverOhio (@DiscoverOhio) March 13, 2014
Matt and Amy Roloff of TLC’s Little People, Big World have agreed to ‘a trial separation.’
The couple – who have been married for more than 26 years – made the announcement to People.
‘Though we have weathered many storms together, we recently made the tough decision to engage in a trial separation,’ Matt, 52, and Amy, 49, said in a joint statement….
The reality series premiered in 2005 and followed the couple, who were diagnosed wtih [sic] dwarfism, as they tended to their Oregon farm and raised twins Jeremy and Zack, 23, Molly, 20 and Jacob, 17.
The Washington Times: Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ banned in Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates
Daily Mail UK: ‘I am so ready to play a really dumb character’: Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s ready for a less intellectual role and that Sherlock is ‘an absolute b*****d’
Ahem… Emma Watson‘s back…
‘I’m so jealous!’ Former child star Emma Watson admits she’s envious of actresses who ‘get to emerge as a complete human being’
See more, um, artistic photos at Elle.
Something musical this time from our pal Gene at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot: Worldwide Heavy Metal
For those in the Los Angeles area:
March 14- April 14: Turner Classic Movie channel offers free movie locations bus tours
The New York Times, Arts Beat blog:College Art Museum Hit With Sanction After Sale of Bellows Work
The Association of Art Museum Directors, which represents more than 200 museums in North America, has issued a rare sanction against the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va….
While museums commonly sell works in order to buy other works – a practice known as deaccessioning – ethical standards in the field strongly prohibit sales for other purposes, like capital projects or operating costs….
[L]ast month, the National Gallery of Art in London announced that it had bought the painting for $25.5 million, money that will go to the college’s endowment. The sanction, one of the strongest punishments meted out by the group, asks other member museums “to suspend any loans of works of art to and any collaboration on exhibitions and programs with the Maier Museum of Art.” Member museums are not legally bound to do so but generally abide by the group’s decisions.
At the time of the sale the college said it would begin a partnership with the National Gallery of Art in which curators would lecture at Randolph and loans of the Bellows back to the Maier would be possible.
The Huffington Post: 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently “The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self … Imaginative people have messier minds.”
— Great Art Quotes (@GreatArtQuotes) March 13, 2014
— Bradley Carter (@bcarter674) March 6, 2014
— Bradley Carter (@bcarter674) March 5, 2014
Catch the return of MatchCon, Own the Narrative Network’s hilarious and very mature game show. Saturday night’s guests include L.A.-area musician Gary Eaton, culture warrior Gay Patriot (Bruce Carroll) and IJReview editor Kyle N. Becker. The MatchCon show starts at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific Saturday, and you’ll have the most fun if you interact with panelists and the host in the chatroom! See you there!
Please share your thoughts on and suggestions for the Arts Roundup… looking forward to hearing from you! And as the image points out, artists don’t work for free. Hit the tip jar.
Top image hat tip: Looplay
You must see this– 11 People Who Are Worse Dancers Than You from the young bloggers of Jackie Wellfonder’s #RARFire!
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Thanks so much for the linkage, Daley Gator!