Arts Advocacy Day 2012

Logo: Americans for the Arts. Credit: http://www.americansforthearts.org/

Have you ever participated in Arts Advocacy Day? It takes place in Washington DC. I would love to hear from you if you have been. It took place on April 16th and 17th this year. It is a way for art advocates to meet with elected officials and let them know how important the arts are in our communities and schools.

The schedule looks like an opportunity  to gain a wealth of information and something I would enjoy learning. This year Alec Baldwin was the guest speaker and is an art advocate. His interview with NPR can be found here.

Our family will be in the DC area next year and I would like to participate in the activities. If you would like to make an online donation you can visit American for the Arts Action Fund.

Do you have any stories about your community and how to keep the arts funded? Do you think the arts are important?

~Alie

Peg Board Tutorial

The 36th Avenue

The 36th Avenue tutorial is great for the above project. It is very detailed. I saw one that was similar to this in a jewelry store. It was much bigger and had a vintage frame around it.

A peg board for my jewelry and jewelry making is on my wish list to make. My husband and I even visited Home Depot so I could show him the parts I needed. It is going to come to fruition once we move.

Please visit The 36th Avenue for details and beautiful photos of the process.

~Alie

Kansas Citizens for the Arts

Art advocates please visit Kansas Citizens for the Arts. There are two surveys on their website to help reinstate funding for the arts in Kansas. There is one survey for arts organizations and one for artists and arts advocates.

If you are not aware of what is taking place in Kansas, the Governor cut out  all state funding for the arts. This action led Kansas to lose about $575,000.00 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kansas is the first state to do this and is ranked 43rd in the country for arts support.

The state is hoping that Kansas can fund the arts through private funding. Please take the time to fill out the survey and help the arts in Kansas.

Courtesy of Linn County Kansas

Soldering Workshops with Blessed and Distressed

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Today I am sharing several workshops that I have taken at The Peackock Cafe with Sheila. You can get a glimpse of Sheila’s talent on her blog, Blessed and Distressed.

In an earlier post I recommended a soldering book by Lisa Bluhm entitled, Simple Soldered Jewelry and Accessories. It is an excellent source for soldering with great photos and instruction. Along with Lisa Bluhm’s book is Sally Jean Alexander’s book, Pretty Little Things. It is a beautiful book full of treasures and ideas.

It turns out the Sheila has taken workshops instructed by Sally Jean Alexander and has learned amazing things. Taking workshops is a wonderful way to gain skills because you can always learn something new. I learned some tips and techniques that have really helped me in soldering.

The Peacock Cafe is hosting their last workshop this Saturday the 19th. If you are in the Kansas area be sure to check it out. It will be a fun one.

Arts Advocacy Day

Arts Advocacy Day: The 2011 National Arts Action Summit

If you like art and believe it is important, today is the day to let your voice be heard. The kickoff starts at the U.S. House of Representatives. For those of us not in Washington DC, we can send a message to our Representatives and Senators letting them know how important we think the arts are in our communities.

I am a firm believer in the importance of arts in our schools and communities. Art helps all students, special needs, low income, etc. It is also an area that is quick to be cut from programs and one that needs our support.

In my home state I watched a wonderful program close down due to budget cuts. Youth City Artways offered free workshops to kids and families, it also had visiting artists that went into schools and worked with students. I know first hand how this program aided my family and how much it is missed.

I hope you will join me in letting our Representatives know how much art means to our communities.

~Alie

Chapbooks

The beauty of a chapbook.

1. Pocket Sized

2. Poems, ballads, stories, etc.

3. Simple or complex with different bindings

4. Create your own

There is a workshop at the University of Utah’s Book Arts Studio on March 19th. I have taken workshops there before and their studio is brand new and amazing. The instructors are inspiring and knowledgeable.

“Participants leave with the foundation needed to begin designing, digitally printing and constructing their own line of boutique books.”

I think this will be a fun one, although I will not be attending.

Also, Utah educators be sure to visit the above site, they offer free workshops for teachers. You can take away some interesting projects for your students. The workshops incorporate language arts, science, history, math, and arts.

Enjoy,
~Alie

Henry David Thoreau

Today I am featuring Thoreau. While practicing yoga this morning the instructor quoted Thoreau and it took me back to reading Walden and how much I enjoy Thoreau.

I would like to share a few quotes with you:

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”
~Henry David Thoreau

“What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
~Henry David Thoreau

I am going to continue blogging while planning my redesign of the site. I received a clue to day that I may be getting a really cool birthday present that will help me with redesigning my blog. Yay.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, I would like to hear them. Also, who are some of your favorite artists?

Cheers,
~Alie