National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools

December 18th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Amanda Bensel @ 5:17 pm

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What can we do with unemployed artists and art-starved children?

In all the buzz of the recent election, the references to a second New Deal are abundant. So, in the spirit of FDR, let’s solve opposing needs by uniting them. Artist and promoter Michael David Nolan proposes we start a National Campaign to Hire Artists to Work in Schools. The idea is as simple as it sounds: use federal job stimulus money to employ artists in schools for educational advancement and cultural enrichment. (more…)

Wild Caught Stories

December 16th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Amanda Bensel @ 4:12 pm

New Village Press authors Bill Cleveland and Maryo Gard join four other creative community builders in this new rotational blog launched by the Center for the Study of Art and Community. Wild Caught Stories seeks to serve as a forum for diverse perspectives on culture, community and current affairs, focusing on a new topic every six weeks. One author will respond per week until each has contributed his or her own thoughts and the cycle starts again. The first question: ‘What Next? Now that the page has turned, what stories will we need to change our world?’ (more…)

From Incarceration to Art

December 11th, 2008

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 1:35 pm

Workhouse Center

Shifting through fliers and business cards of organizations, with mission statements and exhibition notices falling from my lap to the floor, I try to organize dates, addresses, and names. In the process I come across a Washington Post article that summed up one of the best success stories I’ve heard from an organization. The Workhouse Arts Center of Lorton Virginia has opened the doors of a former prison as a newly-created artist residency and center. Few times do two causes so happily meet. (more…)


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