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If It’s Broke, Learn How to Fix It: Radical Repair Workshop

If It’s Broke, Learn How to Fix It: Radical Repair Workshop

    By Raina Belleau     What does the worn-and-tattered satin edge of a childhood blanket have to do with a sculpture? What is the relationship of the holes in your favorite t-shirt to a gallery wall? What does a broken garden rake have to do with how you envision the world around you?…

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Stitched Dissent

Stitched Dissent

  By Paula Kovarik   I quilt to piece, layer and stitch a narrative that represents my concern for what is doing on in our country. My art reflects American anxiety in a world of danger and distrust. It mirrors the ominous overtones of decisions disconnected from everyday life and a feeling that we are…

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Non-Traditional, Artist-Run Spaces

Non-Traditional, Artist-Run Spaces

    By Rae Red     As a touring artist and performer, I have relied on every type of space to house my work, often for just one night, with generous and open arms to help me make gas money and put food in my belly until the next stop at the next space…

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On a Mission: Artists and Institutional Imperatives

On a Mission: Artists and Institutional Imperatives

    By Ben Hickey     Two years ago, the Hillard Art Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Milestones like this often prompt reflection, and this was very much the case in the curatorial department. We began to review the collection and rethink the overall…

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On Teaching, Drag, and Crying in Parking Lots

On Teaching, Drag, and Crying in Parking Lots

    By Moth Moth Moth     My name is John, most of the time, and for the rest of the time my name is Moth. I have worked as an art teacher in different camps, schools, and museums since around 2013. I have been a drag queen since 2016. I have a pink…

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So, You Want To Teach

So, You Want To Teach

    By Melissa Wilkinson     “Finally, an assignment that I’ll actually enjoy doing!” a student blurted loudly at the tail end of a class-wide drawing demo I was wrapping up. Swallowing my irritation while trying to maintain my best Mister Rogers voice, I said, “Sometimes, we keep our thoughts inside of our heads.”…

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On Being An Artist – At Any Age, At Any Time

On Being An Artist – At Any Age, At Any Time

    by Rachael McCampbell     There’s a romantic idea about being an artist. You may envision a French garret stuffed with canvases and a painter dreamily waiting for their muse to provide inspiration. Or a café crowded with artists drinking the night away excitedly discussing philosophical matters. Or perhaps a chic New York…

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Okay Creatives, Now Let’s Get in Formation

Okay Creatives, Now Let’s Get in Formation

    By Kelsea McCrary     One thing that any arts-related person, either employed by or volunteering for the field-at-large, can agree on: artists play a role in society. Cliché, right? This summation fails to encompass the complicated relationship between how vital and yet how often overlooked creative professionals are when it comes to…

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An Application for Your Consideration, hehe

An Application for Your Consideration, hehe

    By Liz Clayton Scofield   I’m writing a grant.   Here is the application.   Objective: In an effort to connect with others, share joy and ideas, grow love and community, I am releasing oranges into the world, distributing them in significant places and gifting them to cherished people. I am also collecting…

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Why Is What You Are Doing Better Than Eating a Plate of Worms?

Why Is What You Are Doing Better Than Eating a Plate of Worms?

    I’m Colleen McCartney, the Grants and Initiatives Manager at ArtsMemphis, where we work to sustain Memphis’s world-renowned cultural vitality and strengthen local communities through the arts. Our team manages over 160 grants, partners with over 70 art organizations and artist grantees, administers various initiatives and distributes more than $2.5 million is grant funding…

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