Good news! Other Americans love the arts as much as we do!
We are better people with the arts in our lives. They make us healthier, creative, and more actively engaged citizens who feel better about today and more optimistic about tomorrow. In a society struggling to find equity and social justice, Americans believe the arts improve the quality of our communities. How do we know? We…
The opening for Labor of Art 2018 at MAXgallery was a great success and had a nice blurb in the Baltimore Sun (image above). There was a wonderful turn out and I met lots of interesting people and had the opportunity to chat with a few familiar faces as well. The show is a group…
Thanks to Scott PhilipGoergens at ARSENIC MEDIA blog for this update. And thanks to the BaltimoreSun for this mention leading up to the show. I saw several works in the gallery that I would like to own. You will, too, if you get to the gallery by October 16.
Verasphere Exhibit At The Harvey Milk Photo Center SF
Michael Johnstone and David Faulk’s colorful recycled materials designs, documented in photos and on display from Sept 1 through Oct 14, 2018. Catch up on the chatter at <a href=“http://cupofjim.com”>cupofjim.com.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the indomitable, unstoppable, incisive comedian Kathy Griffin perform her “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour” show at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Boy, was she on point! Driven by the controversy spurred by a satirical photo in which she held up a mask resembling Donald Trump and dripping with ketchup to imitate blood, her show is taking the world by storm.
In fact, the show has been such a resounding success that the Palm Springs Comedy Festival has announced that Kathy Griffin will be named Comedian of the Year this coming November. Even the folks at conservative Breitbart News are excited!
This post about paintings of the biblical Judith beheading Holofernes from Current Affairsmagazine brought Kathy Griffin to mind immediately. Like Griffin’s show, this kind of humor is the perfect mix of art, politics, and fun. Plus, the Current Affairs article gets bonus points for taking on religion, too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Today should be a National Creative Queers Holiday! – dr
On September 13, 1986, my TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse debuted on television!! The first episode was titled “Ice Cream Soup” and it first aired on this day in 1986! My show ran for five seasons and picked up 22 Emmy Awards! …
Several years ago, my friend Lea Gilmore invited me to join a (now-defunct) group called Moving Maryland Forward Network, a kind of experiment in harnessing the experience and strengths of individuals engaged in various aspects of progressive social justice activism. Network members educated each other about the ways diverse communities experience social injustice–and we held each other accountable for sensitivity and inclusion in our activist work. As someone who considered himself a leader in the fight for justice for all, I was frequently surprised (and embarrassed) by how little I understood about the needs of others. The lessons I learned were challenging and sometimes painful. However, they have helped me to become much more effective as social justice activist and ally.
The following essay by Vu Le at Nonprofit AF speaks to the importance and necessity of such uncomfortable education. Here’s hoping I always remain open to these lessons moving forward… -DR
Hi everyone, before we begin this week’s post, a quick announcement: If you’re in Seattle, the community-centric fundraising summit originally scheduled for September 27th has been postponed until likely Spring 2019 so we can incorporate the lessons gained from the amazing pre-summit gathering of fundraisers of color last month where we discussed the intersection of…