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CMU merges art with reality TV and fresh waffles
Monday, June 29, 2009
By Adrian McCoy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was supposed to be a two-semester community artistic social experiment for a Carnegie Mellon University art class, videotaping hip late-night crowds discussing what was on their minds while they ate waffles.
But the combination of homemade treats and homegrown reality show has proven to be an unusual recipe for success since Waffle Shop opened its doors last fall in East Liberty. School is out, but the doors are staying open, weekend brunch hours have been added and the menu has expanded.
In the past couple of years, half of all the staff arts journalism jobs in the US have been eliminated. In some cases, newspapers offloading their staff critics have replaced them with freelancers. In some cases, the freelancers have done a better job than the staffers they have replaced. But mostly not.
Running a good freelance section requires editors who have the time and talent to know what's going on in the culture of their community, who are out listening for the stories they should be assigning. Most editors are even busier just trying to fill their sections than they were when they had staff critics paying attention to their beats. They don't also have time to be out trolling for stories.
Amateur and professional photojournalists are invited to submit works to the photo contest which aims to raise awareness on environmental issues leading up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December. Deadline for submissions: August 31.
The contest, "Picture This: Caring for the Earth," aims to show the people of Africa as protectors of their environment. Entrants should have lived in a country of Africa for at least the past 12 months. Photos must have been taken between August 2007 and August 2009. Special attention will be given to photos that take into account the role that women can and do play in caring for the earth.
As part of an initiative to promote gender equality in education, journalists in Asia Pacific are invited to submit photos to a contest under the theme "Reversing Realities: Seeking Gender Equality in Education." Deadline: July 31.
Photographs should depict gender equality in action in the contestant's country, should not have been published and must have been taken after 2000. Multiple entries are welcome.
Thirteen winning photographs will receive official certificates of merit and will be featured in an internationally distributed 'Gender in Education Calendar 2010.'
The contest is being jointly organized by UNESCO Bangkok and United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI), East Asia and Pacific and South Asia.
Grant Funds Available for Arts in Healthcare Programs
Johnson & Johnson, working in partnership with the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, seeks to promote the use of the arts to enhance the healthcare experience for patients, their families, and caregivers. From 2001 - 2009, grants have been provided to 117 programs in the US and Canada representing leading models and initiatives in high quality healthcare through the use of arts. Proposals are now being sought from healthcare and/or arts organizations that have established arts in healthcare programs with evidence of initial impact.
For more information and eligibility requirements, please review the guidelines available at . Letter of Inquiry Deadline: October 15, 2009
Indian video and film production experts can apply to teach and train citizens in rural India to use video equipment for four to six months.
Trainers will work in community media centers in Goa, India, where poor and disadvantaged people are trained to create their own media content. Members will learn to be powerful communicators, journalists, filmmakers, advocates and leaders in their communities.
Young filmmakers (under age 25) can submit one-minute videos for a contest to promote and protect children's interests. The deadline for submitting entries is August 1.
Video entries should show what child rights mean in a global, national or community sense, demonstrate how children's rights are not being fulfilled, or show where children are getting adequate rights.
Entries in all languages are welcome.
For more information, visit http://www.unicef.org/voy/takeaction/takeaction_4439.html.
Double Vision: A Dual-Channel Video Festival
Wednesday October 28th, 2009
About The Festival:
This festival is to be screened at Herron School of Art and Design in the Basile Auditorium in conjunction with the photography and video exhibition Between History and Memory. Herron is located on the campus of Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The screening will take place on Wednesday October 28th, 2009.
About The Theme:
Two Channel video work is a style that is often included in exhibition format but rarely seen in a festival type screening; therefore this festival will exclusively feature this format. Works that truly experiment with the format are encouraged, but any two screen video work will be considered.
The New York Foundation for the Arts is excited to encourage growth of
artist communities with a new directory focused just for them. Work
Space Classifieds was born, in part with a generous grant from the
Rockefeller Foundation and creative NYFA staffers who felt there was a
great need to find affordable work space and live/work in New York
This pilot program is the only directory focused on New York City
Visual Artists. Special features include images uploads, Google maps
by zip, and advance search “by neighborhood”. Plans have already
been made to broaden this service nationally in the future. For now,
NYFA Offers with this program free postings for visual artists seeking
space, and for landlords, developers, and or others who have this