Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

Yesterday I spent an afternoon with Joy and Mike and their daughter (my wife) and son and his wife. We were having a get-together to share some Korean delicacies sent as a gift from the Son's in-laws and to celebrate the Birthday of Joy's mother who passed a few years ago. My wife often fondly … Continue reading Joy And Mike’s Place: An Ethnographic Southern Comfort Snapshot

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Some Inspiration For The Street Art Fans

On day two of my current project, I continue to get bombarded by the context that shapes the lives of Cultural Creatives. Today, I found the link to hookedblog It's a UK based street art blog. This was submitted by a grad student from Colombia studying in the UK, who follows DJs and street artists.  … Continue reading Some Inspiration For The Street Art Fans

Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

I don't know If I share this opinion with most Anthropologists or not, but I know I share It with many of my other fellow humans. And that is, Americans do some weird sh*t for our holiday traditions - mostly because of how fervently we have integrated our religous holidays into consumer culture and vice … Continue reading Creepy Consumer Culture Rituals: Pictures With Santa and The Easter Bunny

Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

On our second night in New Orleans (NOLA to you hipster artsy types) we did a traditional creole dinner and headed down to Frenchmen street to pay a visit to our new friend who coordinates the artist's market. This is one of my favorite parts of town, because it reeks of dirty hippie kids, salt … Continue reading Frenchmen Street: The Artist’s NOLA

Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

I bet one of the first things that come to mind when you think about New Orleans is Mardi Gras and binge drinking and (hopefully) Jazz music / music in general. Crawfish and Cajun food and oysters and ghosts and vampires might also come in a close second. Then there is the Voodoo...a spiritual practice … Continue reading Voodoo and Mardi Gras Indians: New Orleans Deep Culture

Some New Orleans Street Art

Strolling off the beaten path of the French quarter, down the service alleys and even into the bywater you can find some interesting impromptu "galleries" with local flavor painted in the walls. Apparently there are a couple of Banksy pieces in town as well which we are going to hunt down today, but yesterday afternoon … Continue reading Some New Orleans Street Art

Ironically, I was just sharing one of my posts about Banksy (namely the one about Nick Stern’s photo interpretations of his work and how this elevates them to “high art”). I feel so white right now I can’t even stand it.

Other Voices

Laura

Recently, Nina Simon summarized the posts of several bloggers on the lack of ethnic diversity in the arts.  This past week she posted On White Privilege and Museums that explores museums as venues of white privilege.  Comments responding to the latter post are plentiful (over 30) and range across a broad spectrum from support to rejection with opinions divided more-or-less akin to a bell-shaped curve.

An important tool for approaching diversity in museums rests in Simon’s model of the co-creative projects she discusses in The Participatory Museum.  Simon (2010:187) writes the purpose of a co-creative community project is “To give voice and be responsive to the needs and interests of local community members; to provide a place for community engagement and dialogue; and to help participants develop skills that will support their own individual and community goals.” This nuts and bolts approach was addressed in a recent guest post on…

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