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Friday, February 28, 2014

This I Believe #8

Don't forget to post your essay before class on Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Class Notes 2/19


I thought along with some brief notes from our class discussion with Caitlind and Wayne I would post the links/ photos of some of the pieces they discussed as well. They are wonderful works and you should really check them out! Enjoy!

London, UK - Tate Modern Olafur Eliasson Weather Project - UK car hire

The Weather Project- London 
By Olafur Eliasson, giant flat sun, plays with space, time experience and environmental responsibility. 
The Rain Room - London 
By Random International, plays with technology and crowd mentality. Intelligent Space. 
Video Link: http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/video/2012/oct/03/barbican-rain-room-video

Fabric Swings
By Ann Hamilton, the whole is larger than the sum of its parts, nostalgia play, spontaneous collaboration
Cloud Cities 
By Tomas Saraceno, believer in utopian futures, very considerate of our individual effect on others, creating a sense of comfort for all. 
Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VWAeLxq8gE


ADA at Fact in Liverpool 
By Karina Smigla- Bobinski
Video Link: http://vimeo.com/38879156
CLOUD
By Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett, turns audience into performer 
Video Link:  http://vimeo.com/49748983

WRECK CITY 
By a large conglomeration of artists in Calgary. 
Houses were scheduled for demolition. Artists acquired them and turned them into art projects before they were to be torn down. 
Video Link: http://vimeo.com/66699975 




Sunday, February 23, 2014

This I Believe #7

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welding Progress

After learning how to weld the class was assigned to create their own rings by creating 8 welds. Here are some pictures of the class with their completed rings!
Pictures by Luke Gnadinger









Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Trashformed Workshop

A few weeks ago our class got to participate in a workshop to create flowers to be added to Trashformed exhibit in the Morlan Gallery. Make sure to check it before it closes! The last day to see it will be this Friday, February 21st, at gallery hop!










Monday, February 17, 2014

Class Notes 2/12

Part 1
El Sistema- Rachel and Richard 

Rachel runs music works, a youth orchestra program here in NoLi, inspired by El Sistema. 

The motto of El Sistema: Tocar y Luchar- To play and to fight 

Program History 
- began in Venezuela in 1975 by Dr.Jose Antonio Abreu. He is a composer, conductor and economist. 
-believed music should be a right and not a privilege. 
- he started the program with 11 kids in a garage and has now served over 2 million children. 
- has been almost entirely funded by the government for 35 years and has survived 6 regime changes. 
- has turned into a system of orchestras including the Simon Bolivar tour of the world as well as a large system of national youth orchestra and choirs 
- instruments are provided at no cost
- everyone is a teaching artist 
- El Sistema programs are INTENSE. The Music Works program is from 2:30 until 5:00 pm everyday. 
- They have a musical and social mission 
- Tend to take place in unserved communities 
- Encourage peer mentoring 
- employ teaching artists 
- The El Sistema Program made its debut in the US when Gustavo Dudamel became the music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 
- The New England conservatory also formed a partnership with El Sistema that brought the program to the East Coast. 
- Partnerships now include YOLA in LA, Orchkids in Baltimore,  the YOURS project with the People's Music School in Chicago. 

US Models of El Sistema 

- common models include school partnerships ( where a school hosts the program) , a community center model ( community center hosts program), a traditional youth orchestra model ( the youth orchestra partners with a school or community center to host the program. 
- The Lexington program is a hybrid of these - They are a program of the central kentucky youth orchestra system, but are hosted by Arlington Elementary and Embrace Church as well as the NoLi CDC.  Old Town Violins does repairs at kind and Bullhorn creative manages its PR. 

Tuesday March 4th at 7:30 at the Lyric there is a concert for free! Donations are appreciated! 

Part 2 
Steve Pavey 

- advocates for undocumented youth and their families by acting with them and allowing them to be the experts of their experience. 
- believes that the individual relationships he makes are victories 
-  Is a prisoner of hope because he is so engaged with his work. 

- The Dream Act - bill would provide conditional permanent residency to certain immigrants of good moral character who graduate from U.S. high schools, arrived in the United States as minors, and lived in the country continuously for at least five years prior to the bill's enactment. - Has never went into effect. 

- Families are also living in mixed degrees of citizenship, often causing separation of families for years. 

- $58,060 per year per person to lock up these individuals seeking to make their dreams come true in the US. 


Wednesday Questions

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

This I Believe #6

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Wednesday Questions 2/12

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Class Notes 2/6

Jim Zilliack
Director of the Institute of Poverty Research at The University of Kentucky

This year is the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty.

Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty during his time in office, he toured around the US and was shocked with how large of a problem poverty was.
-War On Poverty included - rejuvenating the food stamp program that began in WWII, establishing the President's Appalachian Regional commission and the Medicaid and Medicare programs.
- In programs that were already established Johnson expanded the eligibility requirements in order to encompass a greater number of Americans - none of these programs are straight cash, many are voucher programs ( This is a common misconception among Americans today) .
- Today 3/4 of the money spent on poverty goes to older Americans.


50 years later the question is today, was the war on poverty won. Many would say NO.
- The poverty line was previously calculated by looking at families food budget and multiplying it by 3, as families traditionally spent 1/3 of their money on food. Today, however, these spending habits have changed.

1) How do we claim this war on Poverty we still face as a country?
- promote economic literacy
- adults taking the time to understand poverty as a complex issue
- people in the know taking the time to share their knowledge

2) Has the private market stepped up to the plate to help?
-Yes. EX: Costco
- there are still differences however in philosophical beliefs regarding poverty, they need to get on the same page.

3) CEO's are a problem. Yes.
- They earn 300- 400 times the amount of money as their average workers
- Companies need to invest in more long run profits
- large investors need to speak up more about this issue
- greater accountability of CEO's needs to happen
- tax policies need to change.

- The top 1 percent of Americans are earning over 20 percent of the income available in this country.
- To change, it will take social will .
- The US also spends more on defense than the next 19 countries on the list combined.

- Because countries spend their tax money differently, they have better outcomes
 ex: France has a good child care system and Sweden has an excellent education system.

- Average American mother spends 20 percent of her income on childcare. ( 4,000 to 16,000 dollars a year for center based childcare in the US per child.)
- 7/10 children born to single mothers are born to African American Mothers.
-  informal care ( such as grandma taking care of children) is bad.

4) Minimum Wage is low
- $7.25 per hour since 2007
- states can raise it above this
-  due to inflation, minimum wage should be roughly $15
- this change can only be made by an act of congress.
-If we raise the minimum some people will lose their jobs though,  a 10 percent raise in the minimum wage will result in the employment rate dropping 1-2 percent.
- Only 4-6 million people make minimum wage in this country.






Saturday, February 8, 2014

This I Believe #5

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Art for an Unexpected Place

Below are the images of the classes assignment: Art for an Unexpected Place. We were instructed to create some type of art in a place or space where it would not usually be found. We received a lot of really great feedback and were excited to share our art with the community!


Kurt and Kremena's Love Lock Fence outside of Third Street Stuff.


Sara's canvas that reads "You are beautiful!" that was left in a campus bathroom.

Ashley's Flowers were placed outside of Little Theater.

Jacqueline's Ale-8 art outside of Rosenthal Commons


Kristina and Ellen's Flower Garden outside of Haupt Humanities. 

Gio's Smiling Tissue Box Art


Michaela's Paper Swans were found in a local park.

Haley's art was found on the halls of Forrer.

Sierra's Chalk Art was placed outside of Forrer near the loading dock.

Lauren sang to the people at Tolly Ho!


Luke made and left cups outside of Homegrown Press on North Limestone.




Laura left encouraging notes around campus!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Questions for Wednesday 2/5

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

This I Believe #4

You know what to do!