The Talking Walls of Wynwood: The New Face of Creative Miami

Imagine South Florida, in all it's hot, sticky, sunshine-laden sunburned glory - filled with pastel colored houses and The City Suites apartments to repel the UV rays, cruise ships, retirees, the oceanfront and an ever-growing melange of cultural communities. There are companies like heating repair boise id that service your household and other companies as … Continue reading The Talking Walls of Wynwood: The New Face of Creative Miami

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Nine Pieces From Ninth Street: Philly street Art

I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Philly this week for the second time in a few months doing some fieldwork. My team and I spent time in several neighborhoods - in people's homes observing life and food culture. I remember before we arrived someone mentioned that a few of the blocks … Continue reading Nine Pieces From Ninth Street: Philly street Art

Best of The Best Street Art and the Role of Art In An Urban Context

My favorite thing about street art is that it puts art, literally, in context.  Rather, it creates art within a context: expressing something about local and / or popular social mores in a forum that allows denizens of  that context to be disrupted with a different kind of conversation starter. It addresses issues relevant to … Continue reading Best of The Best Street Art and the Role of Art In An Urban Context

A Walk Through East Atlanta

My wife and I took an early evening stroll through an often-missed-by-tourists-and-transients part of Atlanta last night. We had both spent most of the week down with a lovely stomach flu and wanted to get out for a minute. Typically, we would head to this part of town for evening's hijynx: drinking and generally hunting … Continue reading A Walk Through East Atlanta

I’m Just as Strange as You

I’ll be going to see a Frida Kahlo / Diego Rivera exhibit today. Last night my wife and I watched the movie again in preparation. I love how art can speak a language about human nature that transcends words. But I also love when someone can feel so deeply and be able to express those words without abandon.

Exquisitely Human

I'm just as strange as you

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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

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

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

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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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Is Instagram The Photographer’s Friend or Its Faux?

I love this perspective (see re-blog / link below)  from a photographer about Instagram and it's role as an anthropological and sociological exercise.  He doesn't label Instagrammers as "posers" like some more "serious" hipster photographers might.  Rather, he (or she?) points to the value it has in allowing us to share and bond over our … Continue reading Is Instagram The Photographer’s Friend or Its Faux?

amen. Having dreamed of living in New York and experience the reality of it in the early 2000s I am inclined to agree….

Plumbing For The Pipe Dream

Growing up in New York, Manhattan has always held an ineffable mystique to me; propped up by the bourgeois societals, limitless culture and a Hollywood love affair.  Coming into the “city” I would wax poetically about the grandiose air of the people and the pretense of their demeanor. Back then, when the economy was bristling with endless wealth, we romanticized the affluent in hopes that we will someday enjoy the fruits of our own labors.  We chased the reservation of the most highly touted restaurants and accepted the fate of an over judgmental waiter as he scoffed at our attire.  It was all part of the experience; a submission to abuse that made us feel ever more alive.

Times have certainly changed.  The endless luster of the Manhattanite has become pocked and pallid under a reeling economy.  The youth have seceded from the shores of the island for more practical…

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