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PRESIDENT CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIPS TO STRENGTHEN THE ARTS; AN END TO THE DIGITAL DIVIDEWASHINGTON, DC -- In his State of the Union Message, delivered Monday January 27, President Clinton called for "a new spirit of service in America, an end to the "Digital Divide", and a "21st century revolution in education."
"No tie binds different people together like citizen service," the President stated. "There's -- a movement we've tried to support with AmeriCorps, expanded Peace Corps, unprecedented new partnerships with businesses, foundations, community groups....Partnerships to battle drug abuse, AIDS, teach young people to read, save America's treasures, strengthen the arts, fight teen pregnancy, prevent violence among young people, promote racial healing. The American people are working together."
Addressing the importance of closing the digital divide between those who've got the tools and those who don't, the President stated that "Opportunity for all requires something else today -- having access to a computer and knowing how to use it."
On February 2, in a statement which emphasized that "unequal access to technology and high-tech skills by income, educational level, race, disability, and geography could deepen and reinforce the divisions that exist within American society," he unveiled a comprehensive proposal to help bridge the digital divide.
According to the White House, President Clinton will announce specific proposals to counter the Digital Divide in his new budget -- including $2 billion in tax incentives to encourage private sector activities such as computer donations, and $380 million in new and expanded initiatives to serve as a catalyst for public-private partnerships.
In the last State of the Union message of his Presidency, the President also emphasized the need for a "21st century revolution in education", resulting in quality pre-school and after-school, the best trained teachers in the classroom, and college opportunities for all our children." Among his proposals: a continuing plan to hire 100,000 teachers and a $30-billion college opportunity tax cut for up to $10,000 in college tuition costs.
President William J. Clinton
"From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunity"
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF CULTURAL TRUSTNEW JERSEY -- On January 24, Governor Christine Todd Whitman, in her BUDGET MESSAGE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001, unveiled a proposal that commits $100 million from the state to fund a Cultural Trust over the next ten years, according to ArtPRIDE New Jersey and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. (NASAA)
The New Jersey Cultural Trust will supplement, not replace current funding for the arts, history and humanities, and will be a public/private partnership -- with the State matching private contributions dollar for dollar.
"There's another use of our prosperity dividend I want to propose today," Governor Whitman stated. "In a way, it's an investment in our infrastructure; but not in the usual sense of the word. I'm not speaking of things we can touch, like roads, bridges, and buildings. Instead, I'm talking about things that touch us and make us proud to call New Jersey home. Tony-award winning theaters. First-class museums. Heroic battleships and hushed battlefields. Kids who pick up a paintbrush or a pen and realize they are good at something that they can learn and achieve. That is what our vital and vibrant arts and history communities bring to us every day."
Cultural trusts have now been established by almost a quarter of the state arts agencies throughout out the US, including Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, Texas, Utah, Vermont. and Wyoming. Altogether, they now hold almost $70 million in assets.
NASAA reports that the New Jersey Cultural Trust will require legislation and will be a permanent, interest-generating fund to address capital projects, build endowments and contribute to the institutional and financial stability of nonprofit cultural groups in New Jersey. If enacted, the new trust will be funded through an annual, nonlapsing appropriation of $10 million for a period of ten years. The state will use these funds to match private contributions on a dollar-for-dollar basis with the goal of raising $200 million -- $100 million each from the private sector and the state.
Stating that "I know you share my belief that a thriving cultural community is an integral part of any civilized society and every successful state," Governor Whitman also announced that $20 million is included in annual arts support through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Last year, when Governor Whitman included a $3 million increase for the arts in the Fiscal Year 2000 budget, ArtPride New Jersey reported that after holding steady at $10.2 million between 1994 and 1997, the New Jersey arts budget had risen 83% in the past three years.
Governor Whitman will be working with Assemblyman Leonard Lance to establish the Cultural Trust. A Gold Ribbon Board, consisting of public and private members, will manage the trust and be involved in raising funds.
"Together, we can guarantee the future of our cultural treasures," she said in her budget message. "Lets make sure they will be there for your great-grandchildren and mine."
THE NEW JERSEY STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS --
STATE OF NEW JERSEY FY2001 BUDGET MESSAGE -- http://www.state.nj.us
ArtPRIDE New Jersey --
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) -- http://www.nasaa-arts.org
"New Jersey Arts Funding Rises 83% in Past Three Years"
"State Cultural Trusts for the Arts Hold Almost $70 M in Assets"
TIGER WOODS' SUIT AGAINST ARTIST RICK RUSH GOES TO COURT IN MAY; RUSH'S ATTORNEY CITES DECISION IN ROSA PARKS VS. OUTKASTTUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA -- The case against artist Rick Rush, brought by Cleveland-based International Management Group, (IMG) which represents golf pro Tiger Woods, will go to Court in May, according to Rush's Jireh Publishing. IMG claims that the artist's series of numbered prints called THE MASTERS OF AUGUSTA causes "consumer confusion" and is violating the golfer's trademark.
Dennis Niermann has been retained by Jireh Publishing as their attorney, according to Jireh representative Don Rush who told Arts Wire that Niermann will be opposed by Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, one of the largest law firms in the world. "We were also extremely fortunate to find Richard Litman; a Washington D.C. based specialist in trademark, copyright, patent and intellectual property law," Rush added.
Alabama-based artist Rick Rush has been creating serigraphs of famous sports figures for 25 years. The Masters of Atlanta portrays Tiger Woods in the foreground and other golf greats in the shadows.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against Jireh Publishing, Inc. by the ETW Corp., a corporation created by IMG to market Tiger Wood's name and likeness.
Jireh Publishing has established a foundation called Artists for The First Amendment (AFFA) which will focus on helping artists defend their right to paint. "It is AFFA's hope that it will be able to support other artists in keeping them informed on, and in asserting, their legal rights to freedom of expression," Rush told Arts Wire. "We strongly believe that the Constitution protects Rick Rush and other creative artists' First Amendment right to freedom of expression, but we must be equipped ourselves to stay in the fight."
Rush's Attorney Cites Precedent Set in Rosa Parks vs. Outkast
According to Jireh Publishing, their attorney believes that a recent decision in Rosa Parks vs. OutKast will be relevant in ETW vs. Jireh. Last November, in Rosa Parks vs. OutKast, United States District Judge Barbara K. Hackett denied plaintiff Rosa Park's suit against Outkast for using her name as the title of their single "Rosa Parks". (included on their album AQUEMINI)
"The right of publicity....does not authorize a celebrity to prevent the use of her name in an expressive work protected by the First Amendment," Hackett's decision stated.
Civil rights activist Rosa Parks, who on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, refused to give up her seat to a white passenger and move to the back of the bus, is not mentioned by name in the lyrics, and the song is not about her or the Civil Rights Movement, However, the chorus includes the words "Ah, ha, hush that fuss. Everybody move to the back of the bus," which are repeated a total of ten times over the course of the work.
Parks, who sought monetary and injunctive relief, was offended by the use of her name in association with music that, according to the court decision, she believes includes "profanity, racial slurs, and derogatory language directed at women."
Calling Rosa Parks "a well-known public figure who has been recognized as an international symbol of freedom, humanity, dignity and strength for over 43 years," the Court concluded that "in general the [Lanham] Act should be construed to apply to artistic works only where the public interest in avoiding consumer confusion outweighs the public interest in free expression....Similarly, titles of artistic works that use the names of public figures and celebrities, like the works themselves, are entitled to First Amendment protection from right of publicity claims..."
Although not strictly applicable to the Rush case, the courts language about titles in Parks vs Outkast is of importance to artists:
"Titles, like the artistic works they identify, are of a hybrid nature, combining artistic expression and commercial promotion. The title of a movie may be both an integral element of the film-maker's expression as well as a significant means of marketing the film to the public. The artistic and commercial elements of titles are inextricably intertwined. Film-makers and authors frequently rely on word-play, ambiguity, irony, and allusion in titling their works. Furthermore, their interest in freedom of artistic expression is shared by their audience. The subtleties of a title can enrich a reader's or a viewer's understanding of a work."
ARTISTS FOR THE FIRST AMENDMENT, (AFFA) P.O. Box 20134 Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35402
JIREH PUBLISHING (RICK RUSH) WEBSITE --
ROSA PARKS, Plaintiff, vs. LAFACE RECORDS, ARISTA RECORDS, INC.,
BMG ENTERTAINMENT, OUTKAST, KENNY B. EDMONDS, ANTONIO M. REID, and
AGENTS, ATTORNEYS AND JOHN AND JANE DOES, Defendants.
Case No. 99-CV-60256-AA
Detailed information about Lanham Act Trademark protection is available at THE TRADEMARK PAGE@INTELPROPLAW.COM -- http://www.intelproplaw.com/Trademark/index.shtml
"Artist Rick Rush Sued for Using Tiger Woods' image in Print
All Presentations will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 in Room 1402, Guttenberg Information Technology Center, New Jersey Institute of Technology
The Program in Professional and Technical Communication New Jersey Institute of Technology @ The Guttenberg Information Technology Center presents New Media Lecture Series:
February 23, 2000
March 29, 2000
April 5, 2000
April 29, 2000
For more information contact: Burt Kimmelman Email: Kimmelman@NJIT.EDU
through March 15
Houston, 907 E Pike St
GREEN LADY AT HOUSTON -- an exhibition of clothing, prints, and installations by designers Todd St. John and Gary Benzel -- features selected work from their five-year collaboration as Green Lady.
Part streetwear company, part ongoing obsession, Green Lady -- named for a painting St. John and Benzel spotted in a bar -- has grown steadily since the designers produced their first line in 1995.
Initially the line took a literal approach to portraying its namesake in various guises, but recently has adopted a different theme for each year's collection: "corporate cannibalism", "projected Americana", "conspiracy-mania", etc.
"An individual graphic might not divulge the concept when viewed alone, but when seen together, themes emerge. Green Lady's graphics explore relationships between humans and technology, consumers and corporations, individuals and the group, often with sardonic treatments, and deceptively simple designs. Silkscreen designs printed on t-shirts and accessories have a certain democracy that is favored by Benzel and St. John as a medium."
"A t-shirt can be a small form of cultural commentary. They're inexpensive, accessible, functional, and highly visible," they state.
The installations at Houston are representative of their current line: large, life-size figure outlines, numbered or lettered like a key to a photo, only without the original photo.
"Our graphics start with a simple idea--in this case 'facelessness'--and then other ideas begin to resonate: anonymity, isolation, suspicion, projected identity. We usually have one idea of what they're about, but the realities other people project onto them tend to be a lot more interesting. Were just stripping information away."
For more information: tel: 800-932-5475 local tel: 206-860-7820
SELECTED MONEY LISTINGS
Following is a small sample from the searchable database of current funding opportunities for artists and arts groups available in Arts Wire's MONEY conference to Arts Wire subscribers. To add your listings to MONEY send email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please mention Arts Wire when you apply. MONEY is compiled by Elijah Zarwan.
THE ALBANY CENTER GALLERIES is currently seeking submissions for its 2001 exhibition program. Interested artists should submit up to 20 slides, a resume and artist statement to Call for Entries 2001, Albany Center Galleries, 23 Monroe Street, Albany, NY 12210. All media are accepted. Artists must live within 75 miles of Albany. To receive full consideration, submissions must be received by March 10, 2000. Also, keep your eyes open for the prospecti for New Faith curated by Jed Cleary (May -June 2000) and the 2000 Photoregional (July-August 2000)
Funding/Opportunites for OrganizationsANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION GRANTS FOR PROJECTS
The Andy Warhol Foundation makes Grants on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations and other cultural institutions to assist in the innovative and scholarly presentation of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues and other organizational activities directly related to these areas.
The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The work of choreographers and performing artists occasionally is funded when the visual arts are an inherent element of a production. The Foundation also supports efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work -- such as freedom of artistic expression and equitable access to resources. Note that the foundation does not directly fund individual artists.
A proposal for funding should be submitted as a 2-3 page letter describing the activity for which funds are being requested. In addition, please include a project budget and a copy of the organization's 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS. If more information is desired, the Foundation will contact the applicant. Grant requests are reviewed twice a year in the spring and fall. The postmark deadlines for proposals are March 15 and Proposals should be addressed to: Pamela Clapp, Program Director, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012.
For more information, visit the Foundation's web site at http://www.warholfoundation.org/
THOUSAND CRANES TO DONATE % OF INTERNET PROCEEDS TO CHARITIES INCLUDING ARTS
Thousand Cranes Tea, a new e-commerce company devoted to tea is launching a program to devote 10% of its gross internet sales to charity.
Applications from organizations wishing to participate in the program will be accepted between February 1 and March 31. Beginning in June, they will designate one charity each month to receive the proceeds of this program. Arts organizations are among the five types of charities eligible for support under this new initiative.
"The Charity of the Month Program is a core element of our business," says co-founder Yuko Iida Frost. "We want both to do well and to do good and we believe we will do both more effectively by partnering with charities that work to make a better world."
To participate in the Thousand Cranes Charity of the Month program, an organization must be a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization working primarily in one the field of health, children, the environment, peace, or arts & culture. Other eligibility requirements include having a fundraising expense ratio of less than 25%, a presence on the world wide web and a constituency of 10,000 or more friends and donors.
To receive more information or to apply to participate, contact Thousand Cranes at info@ThousandCranes.com or call 203-335-4467. For more information on Thousand Cranes Tea, visit http://www.ThousandCranes.com
The Knoxville Writers' Guild and the University of Tennessee Press have launched The Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, according to POETS & WRITERS NEWS. The new prize, named for Tennesseean novelist Peter Taylor, will be open to both published and unpublished authors, and the winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, as well as publication by University of Tennessee Press.
Submissions must be postmarked between February 1 and April 30, 2000. The first year's judge will be George Garrett.
For more information call (865) 342-6427.
POETS & WRITERS WEB SITE -- http://www.pw.org
LOWER MANHATTAN CULTURAL COUNCIL (LMCC)
WORLD VIEWS - A STUDIO RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
World Views, LMCC's artist-in-residence program is now in its third year at the World Trade Center. The program offers artists the rare opportunity to experience the intense rhythm and social environment of the financial district and to produce new work in this monumental and unconventional setting from studios with captivating views. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the owners of the World Trade Center, provide space for the program. Initially developed to provide painters with unique views of the city's sky-line, World Views has since November 1998 been open to emerging artists with diverse backgrounds and interests who work with video, photography, painting, new media, sculpture and installation.
Artists have access to the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spaces are shared, raw, (with minimal facilities) and subject to change pending availability. Artists must be living within reasonable distance from the studios during the term of the residency. A small stipend is provided to artists through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation. LMCC provides technical and personal support on a one-on-one basis for resident artists. Throughout the residency, visits by critics, curators, arts professionals and students are organized to provide exposure to artists. Artists may be asked to participate in public programs and make presentations. Each term, an open studio event is organized for the public.
Application Deadline for Summer Cycle is Monday March 20, 2000
For more information, contact the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council, Five World Trade Center, Suite 9235, New York, NY 10048
tel: 212-432-0900 fax 212-432-3646
Opportunities for artists at WOMEN'S STUDIO WORKSHOP
feature length films, short films, animations, BIGSTAR BROADBAND FILM FESTIVAL
art works created for the Internet, INTERNET ART FESTIVAL, March 17-19 at the Htel du Nord (Paris-France)
Deadline: Ongoing, 2D Painters, Photographers and Printmakers, VISUALIZE.COM
Deadline February 2, 2000, public art, THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO MAIN CAMPUS IN ALBUQUERQUE
Deadline: February 15: women filmmakers of color, THE REEL SHADES FILM FESTIVAL
Deadline: February 27, 2000, works made with the Kid Pix application, KID PIX STUDIO DELUXE (Boston)
Deadline: March 20, 2000, emerging artists -- video, photography, painting, new media, sculpture and installation, WORLD VIEWS - A STUDIO RESIDENCY PROGRAM AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTER
Deadline: March 21, 2000, community-based artists, consortium of artists and non-profit organizations, MANHATTAN COMMUNITY ARTS FUND (MCAF)
Deadline: March 31, 2000, RESIDENCY IN ITALY //FONDAZIONE PISTOLETTO
Deadline: April 1, 2000, Call For Papers -- issues in the humanities or social sciences that relates to the arts, ART, CULTURE AND POLICY PROSPECTS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Deadline: April 28th, 2000, artists, scholars, independent groups and non-profit cultural institutions in Mexico and the United States, The US - MEXICO FUND FOR CULTURE
Deadline: April 30, 2000, artists, THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART OUTDOOR MURAL COMPETITION, Tucson
Details about these and other opportunities are available on Arts Wire's Web Site at http://www.artswire.org/current/calls.html
JOB OPPORTUNITIESJoint Venture by Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory, & New England Conservatory:
MUSIC CAREER EXPO AND JOB FAIR 2000
BOSTON, MA -- Boston's three largest music colleges will host the Music Career Expo and Job Fair 2000 on Sunday, February 27, 2000 - - for music students, music college alumni, and anyone interested in a music career.
Recording Industry Association of America CEO Hilary Rosen will deliver the Keynote Speech: "What It Takes To Bring Music To Your Ears."
Leaders representing area and natmpsons" composer, and Berklee alumnus Alf Clausen; Boston Globe pop music critic Jim Sullivan; BOSTON HERALD theater critic Terry Byrne; Catherine Peterson, executive director of ARTS/Boston and former artist manager at Columbia Artists Management; Adam Lewis of Great Northeast Productions; renowned studio engineer and founding member of the Boston band The Neighborhoods David Minehan; Tess Taylor, founder and president of The Music Business Network; Pete Galli, owner of Pete Galli Management; Tim Sweeney, author of the best-selling GUIDE TO RELEASING INDEPENDENT RECORDS; recording industry executive and Owner of Padma Projects Susan Piver Browne; Godsmack and Reveille Manager/former Extreme band member Paul Geary; Ted Kurland Associates President and Director Ted Kurland; Director of Business Development for Emusic.com Gian Caterine; President and Owner of RAS Records Gary Himelfarb; The Dave Matthews Band Tour Manager Michael McDonald.
Specialized presentations and mentoring will be led by industry representatives and will cover a variety of music career options and topics, including Internet Music Marketing, Music Law, Music Therapy, Special Issues for Classical Musicians, Digital Distribution, Music Touring, and Performance. In the evening, several companies will also offer employment opportunity presentations and first-stage employment interviews where there is a mutual interest.
The event takes place on February 27 from 11:30 AM until 10:00 PM at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston.
For more information, or to register, call 617-747-8970 For updates or information go to http://www.berklee.edu
ARTS BRIDGE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Arts Bridge, (New York City, NY)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Robert and Mary Montgomery Armory Art Center, (West Palm Beach, FL)
DIRECTOR FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, Finger Lakes, (Geneva, NY)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Toledo Opera, (Toledo, OH)
DIRECTOR, Maude Kerns Arts Center, (Eugene, Oregon)
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF DRAMATIC ARTS, The Department of Performing and Creative Arts, College of Staten Island of The City University of New York, (Staten Island, NY)
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, Tenure Track, (photography area) USC School of Fine Arts, (Los Angeles, CA)
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE/FULL PROFESSORS OF DESIGN -- MEDIA THEORY; MEDIA ARTS, The UCLA Department of Design, (Los Angeles, CA)
TEACHER, Music Together (Manhasset, NY)
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/MASTER TEACHER, San Angelo Civic Ballet
DIRECTOR, TOURISM & EVENTS, BRIC/Brooklyn Information & Culture, Brooklyn, NY)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, MARKETING DIRECTOR, Poets & Writers, Inc., (New York City, NY)
PUBLIC ART AND DESIGN ADMINISTRATOR, Broward County Cultural Affairs Division, (Ft Lauderdale, FL)
CONTENT DEVELOPERS, On-Line Design School, Sessions.edu (Any place--we're on line)
RESEARCHER / PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, (San Francisco, CA)
ARTIST'S ASSISTANT, (New York, NY)
PUBLIC ARTS ADMINISTRATOR, Metro Transit, (Minneapolis, MN)
EDUCATION MANAGER, HOUSE MANAGER, STAGE MANAGER, Radius Ensemble, (Cambridge, MA)
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT, New York Foundation for the Arts (New York City, NY)
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, Portland Center Stage, (Portland, OR)
DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH ANALYST, University of Southern California, (Los Angeles, CA)
MUSEUM COORDINATOR, (eleven month contract) The Kirkman House Museum, (Walla Walla, WA)
DOC PRODUCER/FUNDRAISER, "Mayor of the West Side", (New York)
PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR NEW FILM ORG, Brooklyn Film Network
ASSISTANT BOOKKEEPER, Whirligig Pictures, (New York)
DIRECTOR OF CULTURAL PROGRAMS, Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, (New York City, NY)
ADMINISTRATOR AND EVENTS PRODUCER, The Cambridge Arts Council, (Cambridge, MA)
ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR, (relisted) Dixon Place. (New York City, NY)
MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR, DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, Independent Feature Project (IFP) (New York, NY)
TICKET SERVICES MANAGER, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, (Indianapolis, IN)
JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER, Museum Exhibit Design firm, (Cambridge MA)
MUSEUM SERVICES ASSOCIATE, American Federation of Arts, (New YOrk City, NY)
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT, PART TIME, HOURLY, The African Film Festival, (New York City, NY)
EDUCATION COORDINATOR, American Ballet Theatre, (New York City, NY)
COMPUTER CONSULTANT/OFFICE MANAGER, Part-Time, ICCE, (Bellport, NY)
ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER, High 5 Tickets to the Arts, (New YOrk City, NY)
ALLEN WHITEHILL CLOWES CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP, Indianapolis Museum of Art, (Indianapolis, IN)
INTERNSHIP, Center for New American Media (New York City, NY)
Details about these and other jobs are available on Arts Wire's Web Site at http://www.artswire.org/current/jobs.html
More jobs will be added to the list on Wednesday, February 9.
To submit jobs to ARTS WIRE CURRENT JOBS, send email to email@example.com
A growing list of links to job resources for artists and arts administrators is available on Arts Wire's Web Site at http://www.artswire.org/current/jobres.html
ARTS WIRE WEB REPORTSOPEN STUDIO ON CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Although Charlotte's Web closed on January 31, 2000, primarily for lack of funding/financial reasons, the work of this art and community based FreeNet in bringing North Carolina and South Carolina artists online is documented at http://www.charweb.org/arts/open/
Charlotte's Web hosts the work of artists -- from Karen Mickler's Yellow Branch Pottery, located in the mountains of western North Carolina, to Arthur Simons' SQUALOR, a web work in which flower images flow into complex multimedia contraptions which innovatively appropriate web form structures.
Open Studio in Charlotte's Web also hosts arts organization web sites -- from Stage One which facilitates the production of independent theatrical events to encourage individual freedom of artistic expression, to the Arts & Science Council Charlotte/Mecklenburg, which provides the planning, oversight and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse arts, science, and history/heritage community in Mecklenburg County.
Charlotte's Web was chosen by Open Studio the Arts Online -- http://www.openstudio.org -- to be one of the first three of 18 regional Mentor (Training) Sites, with the goal of training artists and arts groups to communicate and share information online and to create and maintain their own Web sites.
In Phase I of the project, (1997-98) Charlotte's Web focused on the 14 North Carolina and South Carolina counties it served and trained 30 local artists and arts groups. In Phase II (1998-99) Charlotte's Web expanded its reach outside the Charlotte area and, in partnership with Mountain Area Information Network (MAIN) -- http://www.main.nc.us -- in Asheville, trained a group of western North Carolina artists, in addition to two more groups of local artists.
Now that Charlotte's Web Community Network is closing down, no more artists in North Carolina and South Carolina will receive training through Open Studio. However, Sam Eneman, former local Project Coordinator, will continue to maintain this web site with its links to the artist/organization trainees and to resources he developed and used in the trainings.
A Photo album on the site documents the Charlotte's Web's work in providing artists a format to showcase their work using electronic media as well as instructing artists about web page design and publication on the World Wide Web.
Arts Wire's website at http://www.artswire.org is a central place to visit the cyberhomes of the diverse artists and art organizations who are Arts Wire members. This week CURRENT invites readers to visit INSPIRATION AS A CLASSROOM TOOL, a new addition to Arts Wire SpiderSchool.
INSPIRATION AS A CLASSROOM TOOL -- http://www.artswire.org/spiderschool/workshops/inspiration/index.html -- documents a learning circle and workshop for educators in Tarrytown, NY, led by Beth Kanter, Arts Wire Education Coordinator, on January, 11, 2000.
The clearly laid out pages, illustrated by photographs of toys and computer toys, help students create a diagram and outline using Inspiration software and visual learning/thinking which taps creativity by deepening Understanding, clarifying thinking, organizing ideas, increasing memory retention and which aids in understanding complex concepts, analyzing data and organizing Research.
The site includes step-by-step instructions, student dialogue and projects, examples, and links to other graphic organizer web sites.
Visit SpiderSchool at http://www.artswire.spiderschool.org to explore Inspiration as a Classroom Tool as well as a wide range of other arts and technology information resources.
ELSEWHERE ON THE NETTHE LAWSUIT AGAINST etoy IS DROPPED
According to etoy lawyers Chris Truax in San Diego and Peter E. Wild in Zurich, the commercial electronic toy store eToys Inc. has given up its fight against the international art group etoy. The group of European net/performance artists will be able to reclaim its domain name -- www.etoy.com -- which was blocked by a California court in November.
"for one time we avoid long statements and launch the party rockets... ," etoy stated.
The toy retailer will also reimburse the artists for up to $40,000 in legal fees. In return, the artists will drop their countersuit again the company.
According to the NEW YORK TIMES CYBERTIMES, the artists rejected the toy company's suggestion that they move graphic images and language to other sites so that children might be less likely to stumble upon them by mistake.
Although the artists have been online since October 1995, but the toy company has only been online since 1997, in September, 1999, after a grandfather who thought he was on the toy company's site, complained about the language on the artist's site, the toy business brought suit against the artists for trademark infringement, dilution, and unfair competition.
The toy company's suit against the artists and the Court's blocking of their domain name brought widespread protest from the Internet community.
"This is the point where people begin to realize there is a difference between the Internet industry and the Internet community, and the Internet community needs to bind itself together and find a common voice," WIRED NEWS quoted net activist John Perry Barlow as saying.
"California Court Blocks Artists www.etoy.com Domain"
ON RECENTLY LAUNCHED MEDIACHANNEL.ORG,
NADINE GORDIMER WRITES ABOUT ART IN THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA
On the newly launched MEDIACHANNEL.ORG -- http://www.mediachannel.org -- novelist and non-fiction writer Nadine Gordimer writes extensively about art and freedom of expression in South Africa.
"Given the time-frame, do not expect that I am about to relate miracles. But I am about to present extraordinary progress, and even, I believe, an expansion of the decree's scope which may have relevance for other post-colonial developing countries," she states.
Gordimer speaks of the artists and writers, playwrights, actors and musicians "who kept an underground flame of creativity alive even during the worst years of Apartheid". She talks of the challenges of a new beginning. ("What will you have left to write about now Apartheid is over?") She documents the role of the new the Ministry of Art, Culture, Science and Technology, and Independent Broadcasting Authority. And she confronts the inadequacy of the Western concept of "intellectual," in post-colonial environments.
"In general, in the five years since the Renaissance of our country began, there has not been a spectacular flowering of creative writing, fiction and poetry," Gordimer observes. "It is in drama, that closely allied use of words, that blooming has been achieved, re-imagining our past, expressing the joys and frustrations of our era of transition, trying out the styles of our freedom."
MEDIACHANNEL.ORG, a Web portal focusing on global media was officially launched last week. More than 300 leading media issues groups (including Arts Wire Current) are already taking part in the site which features news, analysis, features, and informed perspectives on the media crisis in the world today.
MediaChannel.org is a not-for-profit project of The Global Center and OneWorld Online.
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