Here, you’ll find a delightful assortment of positive art news stories from around the world with links for further reading. You’ll learn about an art project in Egypt that empowers women called “Women on Walls”, a revolutionary new school in Florida that educates people about the arts and wellness, and a wonderful Art in Hospital Program in the U.K. that enhances healing. That’s not all. The International Center of Photography has a new website, The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS website will be launching a new Artists Directory, and there are 10 art power couples Susan Michals, writer for Artnet.com, thinks you might want to know. Enjoy, please share, and subscribe.
Women on Walls in Egypt
(WOW) launched a nationwide graffiti campaign to educate Egyptians about the difficulties and aspirations of the country’s female population. For these women, making their mark on public space is crucial: more than 80 percent of Egyptian women have been sexually harassed in the street, according to the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights. This project is the brainchild of Egyptian women’s rights activist Angie Bagela and Swedish journalist Mia Grondahl. As a result of observing Egyptian graffiti artists, Mia wrote the book “Graffiti Revolution”. Later, she introduced the artists she met to each other, and created the project “Women on Walls.” Read more.
New Hospital School of Arts and Wellness
: “Dr. Phillips Center and Florida Hospital have come together to create a school and research center that focuses on the intersection of arts and health, an initiative that could put Central Florida in the forefront of this emerging field. The Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of Arts and Wellness (unveiled in February, 2015), aims to integrate various forms of art into wellness, whether it’s in the community or in health-care settings to help families, caregivers and people with conditions such as autism, dementia, trauma or anxiety.” Read more.
U.K. Gallery Rental Supports Art in Hospitals
The Menier Gallery in the U.K. hosts a full program of exhibitions & events. The Menier Gallery is managed by the registered charity Paintings in Hospitals. In order to fund the efforts of Paintings in Hospitals, the gallery rents its space out for events and exhibitions. All money raised from renting the gallery for exhibitions and events supports the charity. Paintings in Hospitals states: “We do more than simply put paintings in hospitals. We strongly believe that art has an important role to play in the healing process. Our research is contributing to the growing body of evidence that art improves wellbeing, and we are continually evaluating the impact and reach of our work.”
10 Los Angeles Art Power Couples
Susan Michals, writer for Artnet.com, has announced her choice of top 10 art power couples in Los Angels that we should know. Her power list includes Eli and Edythe Broad, two philanthropists who have been collecting art for over 40 years. Their Broad Art Foundation has loaned over 8,000 works of art to nearly 500 museums and universities worldwide. Their two foundations have assets valued at $2.7 billion. The Broads have their own a museum which will open to public in September, 2015. The admission will be free. Read more.
More Jazz at The Smithsonian
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. LeRoy Nieman is most recognized for his colorful paintings of sports and music and a distinctive body of paintings of American jazz legends and music of the 1950s to 1960s. Through the LeRoy Nieman Foundation the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has received a $2.5 million dollar endowment to increase its jazz programs. Part of the funding will be used to make up a program of jazz-related events and the development of the LeRoy Nieman Jazz Café.
International Center of Photography Has A New Website
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography and the reproduced image in all its forms. On Monday, March 30, ICP launched its latest website http://www.icp.org/,”to create a vibrant platform for us to share our work, our cultural assets, and our points of view.” Since ICP was founded by Cornell Capa in 1974 as an institution to keep the legacy of “Concerned Photography” alive, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. “ICP is a center where photographers and artists, students and scholars can create and interpret the world of the image.”
Mary Lou Dauray Joins Our Editorial Team
Mary Lou Dauray, artist and social and environmental advocate, has joined The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS team of Authors. She will be writing about Art and the Environment. You can look forward to her articles every two weeks. You can view her recent series devoted to the dangers of coal burning on her artist’s website at www.maryloudauray.com and her visit her blog where she writes about environmental issues at https://maryloudauray.wordpress.com.
New Artists Resource Directory of Art that Heals
The Healing Power of ART & ARTISTS is organizing an Artists Directory. This resource is designed to provide three different categories: Art that has been created to heal others; Art that has provided healing for the artist; and Art that is created to raise awareness and advocate reform. The Directory will provide art professionals, collectors, curators and art and healing professionals and the general public with a comprehensive and specialized resource. It is also designed to promote artists who specialize in art that heals to an international audience. Read more.
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