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Becoming Artfully AWARE: Linking Local and International Communities through the Arts

January 5, 2012
Artfully AWARE  Connect. Collaborate. Change.
12/2011 10th Issue 
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, February 3, 2012 from 5pm-10pm
Becoming Artfully AWARE: Linking Local and International Communities through the Arts

Artfully AWARE (AfA) will take over the New Orleans Museum of Art for a special event. For a night that will celebrate the rich diversity of New Orleans, children and adults from across the community and the world have contributed artwork and creative writing that will be displayed in the Great Hall and surrounding galleries. The evening begins with a performance by the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Guardians of the Flame. Michael Watson, the musical director of Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, will play with a four-piece band, and the New Orleans Dance Collective will perform an inspiring dance piece based on unity.

Visitors can interact with professional writers and artists from A Studio in the Woods, catch a literary reading organized by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, listen to original poetry and prose read by students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, view photography that reflects the Sierra Club‘s local environmental efforts, hear speakers from the Young Leadership Council and watch short films selected by FosterBear Films that explore the vital role of the arts in society. One Million Bones, a hands-on art initiative that raises genocide awareness, will exhibit an installation that contains thousands of handmade bones.

The Odgen Museum of Southern Art will display their Artists and Sense of Place exhibit, which pairs students with artists to explore the influence of situation and geography on their lives, and the Contemporary Arts Center will show a short film, alongside a selection of handmade masks, about self identity, produced by their talented Youth Group.

“Adults and children strengthen their minds and abilities through creative stimulation,” says Hilary Wallis, Executive Director of Artfully AWARE. “Our goal is to welcome a cross section of community members under one roof, so we can celebrate our uniqueness as well as what makes us relate to the rest of the world. We want to express why arts and culture are so vitally important, and emphasize their positive impact on society.”

All visitors will receive a booklet of poems, short stories, and visual art created by AfA participants. Food and drink will be available from Ralph Brennan’s Café NOMA.

For this event, Artfully AWARE is collaborating with the New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council (NOCDC), the World Trade Center of New Orleans (WTC), Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society and the World Affairs Council of New Orleans (WACNO). Special thanks also to the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Ogden Museum of Southern Art, A Studio in the Woods, Young Leadership Council (YLC), One Million Bones, FosterBear Films, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), New Orleans Dance Collective and the Sierra Club.

WHAT WE’RE UP TO
Cultural Exchange and The ForestIt has a been a busy year for AfA UK, as we have settled into our new home in Bristol. We are pleased to introduce Python Hill Primary School in Nottinghamshire, who have begun an exciting new relationship with our community in Gulu, Northern Uganda. Cultural exchanges are underway, and we look forward to developing innovative new projects for the children to collaborate on.

We have teamed up with Alchemy Productions, a production company that specializes in outdoor arts, festivals and circus. We are creating an arts and environmental awareness project called The Forest, a 12 month unique intervention that will take place in Bristol from December 2013 – 2014.

Using trees as a universal representation for growth, change and renewal, our project aims to unite our community, education and business sectors. It will provide a local, national and international platform to raise awareness of environmental issues such as sustainability and climate change whilst encouraging people to become responsible, active global citizens.

Emily Hatfield, UK Director

Storybook and Business MentoringOur Ugandan based AfA Africa Team continues to work closely with our UK and US based members to develop sustainable educational programs for our Tororo and Gulu communities. An incredible summer training led to the creation of our AfA Storybook, a project that encouraged community members to write, paint and perform about their personal stories consisting of family, positive health and peace & reconciliation after the 20 year civil war. The book is currently under design and will be published and ready for purchase early next year in both English and Acholi.

We have already begun some exciting new partnerships, including providing educational workshops for World Vision and The AIDS Support Organization (TASO). We are working on developing a business mindset in our community members, such as starting up investment clubs to bring business ideas to the market so they can expand their financial power. Crucial to this is improving the quality of artwork and crafts that are currently being produced by workshop participants and finding additional outlets to market them.

Brian Pade, UG Communications

 

New Look, New WebsiteAs the years have passed, AfA has grown into new shoes and spread larger wings. We are thrilled to announce that we will have a brand new website that will bring followers closer to the work we do and provide an image that accurately expresses where we’re heading. Stay tuned. Website launches at the start of the new year!
AfA Short Animation FilmSpring 2012 will be the debut of our new Artfully AWARE short animation film designed and produced by a UK based animation team. Our film will bring AfA’s message to a whole new audience. Many thanks go to the team that include ex-Aardman Animation’s trained CGI directors and animators.

Make a difference. Connect. Collaborate. Change. Become Artfully AWARE.

   UKinfo@artfullyaware.org  •  USAinfo@artfullyaware.org   •  AFRICAinfo@artfullyaware.org

Artfully AWARE is an international not for profit organization that connects communities, collaborates with local partners and generates positive change in peoples lives through advocacy events and innovative community development projects.Our philosophy is to inspire each one of us to recognize our power as an individual to promote change. Whether advocating for human rights, facilitating educational workshops or teaching income generating skills in rural communities, we bring a creative global perspective to society.Donate Here

501(c)(3) Public Charity, USA  •  Community Interest Company, UK #6589913

 

Shades of Healing

October 14, 2011

Contact: Alexander Rowe
Uptown Holistic Center
(847) 312-1298
Uptown Holistic
Center

Shades of Healing
Alexander Rowe, LLC in conjunction with the Uptown Holistic Center welcome “Shades of Healing” an exhibition of works presented by the non-profit organization Artfully AWARE. The exhibit opens with a reception on Friday Oct. 14th from 7-10 p.m. The pianist, Blake Stokes will perform. Artfully AWARE uses art for social improvement and emotional recovery of persons who have experienced traumatic events, disabilities and/or inadequate living conditions. The artwork on display will consist of colors, tones, and hues which emote comfort, solace, and enlightenment in your being.

What: Reception “Shades of Healing” Hosted by Alexander A Rowe Massage Therapist, LLC
In conjunction with Artfully AWARE
When: October 14, 2011
Where: Uptown Holistic Center
723 Hillary St. New Orleans, LA 70118
Time: 7-10pm
Snacks and drinks provided

New Orleans’ Business and Social Network for Women

October 13, 2011

Women & Wine on Wednesdays connects women:
for building new relationships and for re-connecting old ones, through a unique facilitated forum – an ideal opportunity for women in New Orleans who are striving to balance their own needs with those of their families, jobs, community involvement.  The monthly events fulfill an ongoing and critical need for women to be able to share resources and discover new opportunities as they transition through the many stages of their lives, providing access to a larger network of both business,social, and community connections – for the growth and development of their professional and personal lives.

Wine, for centuries, has proven to liven the senses, cause thoughts to flow, and enhance friendly idea exchanges – so wine is a perfect accompaniment, blending to foster a relaxed and welcoming environment for sharing resources, idea exchanges, and a great reason to take time to maintain their own personal overall well-being.

Events are held each month on the third Wednesday. There are no dues or fees to participate.
Come enjoy a glass of wine, catch-up with old friends, or meet new ones.

Date:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Time:
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Place:

Mia’s Balcony
1622 Saint Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone: 504-301-9570
http://miasbalcony.com/


This month’s featured non-profit:


Artfully Aware – www.artfullyaware.org

To find out how your business can be a sponsor
or to have your non-profit featured,
send an email to NewOrleans@womenwinewednesday.com


This month’s wine specials for $5 a glass:

 
Colome Torrentes,
Argentina

Pascual Toso Malbec,
Argentina

Words and Music – A Literary Feast in New Orleans, Louisiana November 9 – 13, 2011

October 8, 2011

The Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, a non-profit literary organization devoted to assisting and providing first class literary entertainment for educated readers, announces that it is joining with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Loyola University: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the University of New Orleans: Latin American Studies to give Words & Music, 2011 an exciting salsa flavor. The festival will include important Hispanic/Latino authors in its array of literary headliners and events. The theme for general public sessions will be Literature & Life in the Global Village. Cuban-American writer and activist in the cause of worldwide human rights Armando Valladares will be keynote speaker, introduced by poet Amy Serrano. at the Society’s black tie gala, Faulkner for All, on Nov.11. Valladares, shown at top, wrote the bestselling memoir Against All Hope about his 22 years as a prisoner of conscience in Cuba. After his release, President Reagan appointed him U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Human Rights. He remains active in human rights causes today. Joining him at Words & Music will be two Latino winners of the Pulitzer Prize. Novelist Junot Diaz, left, of Dominican heritage and author of The Brief, Wondrous, Life of Oscar Wao, will appear at three events on Nov.10: a Master Class, Literature & Lunch, and Q. & A. following a live stage adaptation of his novel by The American Place Theatre of New York, starring: noted Latino actor Elvis Nolasco. Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, above, will do a performance reading from his Pulitzer Prize play, Anna in the Tropics at the Old U. S. Mint on Saturday evening, November 12. The gala performance reading will be followed by an intermission for Mojitas. Then, Cruz will participate on stage in a conversation about stage writing with playwright John Biguenet. He will be guest of honor at After Hours at the Napoleon House later that night.

Friday, November 11, Featuring Armando Valladares 

7:00 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

FAULKNER FOR ALL

The Faulkner Society’s annual meeting and salute to all great writers,past, present, and yet to come.
Black Tie Gala. Part One, Keynote Address only, is included in Writers’ Tuition. $25, General Public, Students, $12.50. A number of student tickets are available on a complimentary basis, first-come, first serve. $100 General Public Ticket includes both keynote address and gals, $75 for registered writers and their guests.
Faulkner for All, both events, included in All Events festival package.
Uriel Quesada, Loyola
Elvis Nolasco

LIFE & LITERATURE IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE: KEYNOTE ADDRESS

In Our Dramatically Shrinking World, Where Politicians Fear to Tread, Artists Must Use The Power of Their Talent in the Cause of Universal Human Rights Featuring Armando Valladares, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations for Human Rights, and author of the international bestselling memoir, Against All Hope, which detailed his 22 years as a prisoner of conscience in Castro’s Cuba. Ambassador Valladares continues to work for the cause of human rights all over the world, including especially a dedication to projects to secure human rights for children. Ambassador Valladares will be introduced by Cuban-American poet and filmmaker Amy Serrano, who also will do any translation necessary. Ms. Serrano, who is Chair of the Pan American Connections Committee of Words & Music, 2011, produced and directed the documentary Sugar Babies, about children of Haiti being used as slave labor in the sugar industry across the border in the Dominican Republic. The film was screened at Words & Music in 2007. Internationally acclaimed classical guitarist, Javier Olondo is invited to set the stage for Ambassador Valladares with classical Cuban songs in his honor.
8:30 p. m. – Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom

FAULKNER FOR ALL GALA, HONORING ALL GREAT WRITERS

Cocktails, Dinner, Awards Ceremony, and Dancing. Special Guests of Honor: Ambassador Armando Valladares & Sponsors Faulkner for All, the annual black tie meeting of the Faulkner Society including cocktails and dinner with Ambassador Armando Valladares. The Society will announce its ALIHOT (A Legend in His/Her Own Time) Awards for achievement in literature, philanthropy, and social justice and will award its gold medals to winners of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition. Caribbean menu and Caribbean Music. The music for dancing will be by La Rumba Buena, led by Johnny Marcia, co-producer of the Hispanic/Latino television program, Qué Pasa New Orleans. Marcia, whose heritage is Honduran, grew up surrounded by music, as his father led the Latin band Los Sagitarios. Johnny first played with his father and, then, branched out to develop his own, unique sound, using the best Latino musicians in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas. The band specializes in the various rhthyms of the Caribbean and Mexico with a big band sound.

Jazz and Heritage Gallery Announcement

August 13, 2011
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Gallery Opening This Weekend

“Local To Global: A New Orleans Story,” an exhibition of works in various media organized by the nonprofit Artfully AWARE, opens Saturday with a reception starting at 6 p.m. at the Jazz & Heritage Gallery.

“Homecoming (Blue),” a mixed-media work by Christing Dominique Bagneris, is featured in the exhibit “Local To Global: A New Orleans Story.”

The Jazz & Heritage Gallery welcomes “Local To Global: A New Orleans Story,” an exhibition of works in various media presented by the nonprofit organization Artfully AWARE.

The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cellist Monica McIntyre will perform.

Artfully AWARE fosters “sustainable empowerment through the arts.” It uses art for “social improvement and emotional recovery of persons who have experienced traumatic events, disabilities or inadequate living conditions.”

The paintings, photography and poetry in the exhibit focus on New Orleans themes – some contemporary, some historical, all commenting on cultural rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Artists featured in the exhibit include: Jamar Pierre, Christine Dominique Bagneris, Martin Benson, Robert Johnson, Clara Diaz, Hilary Wallis and Dane Verret.

The Jazz & Heritage Gallery, located at 1205 N. Rampart Street (at the corner of Gov. Nicholls Street) is at the gateway to the Treme neighborhood. Regular opening hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The Jazz & Heritage Gallery is a program of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell . The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other revenues, for year-round programs in the areas of education, economic development and cultural events. For more about the Foundation, please visit our web site.

For more information, please call the Jazz & Heritage Foundation at (504) 558-6100.

‘Indzaba Yetfu’ Art Exhibition a success

July 3, 2011

MBABANE – Yebo Art gallery, the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and 22 local artists, celebrated an opening reception to launch the ‘Indzaba Yetfu’ art exhibition in Ezulwini on Friday.

The exhibition featured work by local artists who spent their time visiting PEPFAR partner organisations and worked across the country to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Each artist produced an art piece to reflect the work they witnessed. The result was the comprehensive exhibit portraying how Swaziland is working towards a healthier future for its people.

The guest of honour at this event was the American Ambassador to Swaziland, Earl Irving, who was the main speaker at the reception. He thanked the artists for participating in this very unique project.

“Through a variety of media we can now see what impact the PEPFAR partners are having in Swaziland and our eyes are also opened to the extraordinary talent of Swazi artists.”

Participation

He also thanked the PEPFAR partners and Aleta Armstrong, an artist and owner of the Yebo! Art Gallery for co-ordinating such an outstanding show and ensuring the participation of a range of Swazi artists.

Irving told PEPFAR partners that the artwork clearly portrays how their work is saving lives, preventing new infections and providing care to the people of Swaziland.

“The US Embassy and the PEPFAR programme are proud to support your work and we think this new way of highlighting your activities will alert others here, in the region and beyond to the innovative ways you address the HIV/AIDS epidemic every day,” he said.

Yebo! Art Gallery’s Aleta Armstrong, also expressed appreciation for the collaboration between the US Embassy, PEPFAR, and YEBO!. She further praised the commitment of the artists who created pieces for the exhibition. She highlighted the important role that art plays in helping interpret events, issues and emotions that arise in our daily lives. Armstrong encouraged people to come view the exhibits on display until July 23, and invited schools to book a time to bring pupils for a tour of the gallery.

Exhibitors on the day included Khulekani Msweli and House on Fire’s Phuzo Mtshali, to name a few.

For more information about Yebo! Art Gallery and to view the artwork in the exhibit, visit their website: http://www.yebo designs.com.

The Art of Sippin’ and Strollin’: Art in Action on Julia Street

June 8, 2011
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The Art of Sippin’ and Strollin’: Art in Action on Julia Street

Artfully AWAREYeah yeah yeah, we know. It’s an oversized photograph of a bacon-studded donut posed on a circa 1975 toilet, Photoshopped Cheeto-orange, which costs three months rent because someone claims it’s “Art.” Whatever. Can we have our college posters of that French black cat and Marilyn Monroe back already?

Haven’t felt excitement about “Art” since macaroni and lanyard? W(h)et your palette at next Saturday’s Art in Action, a free event organized by Artfully AWARE, a global nonprofit newly arrived to New Orleans. AfA promotes the arts as a source of empowerment and means of support for all, with a particular focus on those recovering from trauma. Cool off with homemade ice cream and pies by Chef Stanley Garczynski (former chef at the fabulous Green Goddess) as you sip wine and check out art made in AfA community workshops in Uganda and Swaziland, as well as by local New Orleans talent.

Art in Action will feed into Jammin’ on Julia , the monthly art stroll that shuts down Julia Street by opening doors of dozens of amazing galleries for hundreds strollin’ and sippin’ their way into Saturday night. In typically NOLA fashion, you can love the ostensible reason for celebration (in this case, “Art”), or you can just love drinking, people watching, and thwarting traffic flows. Great cause, great art, great fun: welcome to the Art of WINNING.

Website:
Artfully AWARE
Jammin’ on Julia

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Freedom of Expression Has the Power to Inspire
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Stuff To Know

Date
Saturday, June 4, 6-9pm
Address
M. Francis Gallery
604 Julia Street
Google Map

504ward Tips

Want to get your Van Gogh on without taking off your ear? Check out Art in Action’s offering of two hour-long painting sessions. Whether kindergartner scribler or kick-butt sketcher, anyone can participate. All supplies included, but limited space, so sign up now!

SoHo only wishes it could be SoNO (LA) during Jammin’ on Julia. Why wouldn’t they? In addition to art, the streets will have cash bars, food, tables for people watching, and of course, live music.

As a designated Louisiana Cultural District, no sales tax on any original art sold in the Arts District, meaning you can decorate your apt AND defy The Man! Wow, we’re lovin’ all these win-win situations.

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