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Tax Deduction Court Ruling a Win for Artists

Tax Deduction Court Ruling a Win for Artists

In a recent court case between an artist and the IRS, the United States Tax Court ruled that your position as an artist employed in another profession does not prevent you from claiming income tax reductions on expenses related to an artistic career even if that artist sees low sales or is otherwise employed full-time. In this decision, the federal government is validating the economic and social positions of struggling artists whose artistic careers must be supplemented by employment that is less artistically productive yet more financially secure. Read more here.

(IRS Headquarters image courtesy of Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia)

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How the Blind See Art at Museo del Prado

How the Blind See Art at Museo del Prado

Touching the Prado, a tactile exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, is designed to give the blind an opportunity to visualize paintings through touch. Six 3-D copies of paintings, each costing about $6,680 to reproduce, are on display at the museum in a separate hallway from where their originals hang. Joining other institutions like the Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery in London, or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which each offer workshops or tours that enhance the visusal impact of art for those who lack literal vision, the Museo del Prado is employing innovative 3-D print technology to recreate the visual experience of art in tactile terms. Read more about the project here.

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

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Curating the Hirshhorn Anew for Global Influence

Curating the Hirshhorn Anew for Global Influence

The Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden welcomes a new chief curator whose French-Canadian background offers a valued outsider’s perspective to this American institution with global intentions. Stéphan Aquin, a curator who approaches contemporary art with a scholar’s mind, understands the Hirshhorn’s potential in becoming an American center of international contemporary art know-how. Though the Hirshhorn’s exhibitions are on-par with leading European contemporary art institutions, Aquin understands the largest challenge to asserting the global impact of the Hirshhorn is federal funding.

Read more about Aquin and his perspective in the NYT.

(Image credit: the New York Times)

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Armor Against Street Harrassament

Armor Against Street Harrassament

After being repeatedly sexually assaulted in public, twenty-five-year-old artist Kubra Khademi commissioned a literal suit of armor for herself. In an effort to protest the harassment she and other women experience daily, Khademi walked the streets one day in February wearing the armor, which accentuated her breasts and buttocks. The artist whose activism focuses on sexual violence against women received violent threats and abuse after her performance, forcing her to relocate to South Korea. Read more at hyerallergic.

(Image courtesy of Associated Press)

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New Patrick Dougherty Installation Coming to Reston, VA

New Patrick Dougherty Installation Coming to Reston, VA

A new  public art installation is coming to Town Square Park in Reston Town Center. On April 25, 2015, there will be an unveiling of a new Patrick Dougherty sculpture. Patrick Dougherty is internationally known for his monumental site-specific works. Like many of his other 230 plus environmental sculptures, Mr. Doughtery’s installation will explore primitive building techniques and the ephemeral-qualities of natural material. Tree saplings will be harvested by the truckload in order to construct this installation, which is expected to remain on-site for at least two years. The project is seeking volunteers to harvest saplings and help with construction. For more information about the project, follow the link here.

(Image courtesy of Thomas O’Laughlin)

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TrendsWatch 2015 Released

TrendsWatch 2015 Released

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) releases TrendsWatch 2015, a report identifying trends in the museum field. This fourth edition of TrendsWatch is a useful tool for museums to respond to the significance of museums in 2015. Read or download the list here.

(Image courtesy of Center for the Future of Museums)

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Museums Advocate for Funding on Capitol Hill

Museums Advocate for Funding on Capitol Hill

On February 23-24, 2015, the seventh annual Museum Advocacy Day, sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), will see more than 250 staff members, board members, volunteers, supporters and other professionals advocate for federal funding. Museums invest more than $2 billion in education, welcome more than 55 million school children and 850 million visitors annually, and inject $21 billion into the economy. Members of Congress will be honored for their support. For more information regarding the event and museum advocates, visit here.

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Katzen Arts Center Now Offering Docent-Led Tours

Katzen Arts Center Now Offering Docent-Led Tours

American University’s Katzen Arts Center is now offering weekly one-hour tours every Friday. This Friday, tours will feature current exhibiting artists Silvia Levenson, Phyllis Plattner, and Dean Byington. Tours are free and open to the public. For more information, visit their facebook page here.

(Image Courtesy American University)

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Curator’s Perspective on International Arts Fair in Mexico City

Curator’s Perspective on International Arts Fair in Mexico City

Daniel Garza-Usabiaga, curator of Visual Arts at the Museo Universitario del Chopo, anticipates the dual effects of “preservation and progress” that Zona MACO, an international art fair in its 12th edition, will have on its host city. Held in Mexico City, Mexico, an old city attune to the development its spaces, MACO and its companion fair, Material, invite the criticism and collaboration of international curators, collectors, artists, gallerists, and other institutions with the intention of eliciting heightened interest and appreciation of Mexican art in general and contemporary Mexican art in particular. Acutely aware of the effects of global capital and the art market, Garza-Usabiaga encourages the rise of small , independent art spaces alongside private contemporary collections in a city that values its established institutions dedicated to more traditional art.

See the full article at ARTSY, here.

 

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Environmentally-Themed Artwork Commissioned for Riverdale Park, MD

Environmentally-Themed Artwork Commissioned for Riverdale Park, MD

The Riverdale Park Public Art Initiative announces sculptor Joanna Blake has been commissioned by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation to install a permanent sculpture at the intersection of East-West Highway and Route 1 in Riverdale Park, MD in Prince George’s County. Blake’s proposal, titled Great Blue Herons, will develop in collaboration with the Environmental Public Art Project (EPAP) and discussions with community members. The work is expected to be installed Summer 2015.

For more information, visit here .

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NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Lists DC as most “Vibrant Arts Community” in United States

NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Lists DC as most “Vibrant Arts Community” in United States

Southern Methodist University’s Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index on January 21, 2015 compiling data from over 900 communities across the United States.  The Index distinguishes small towns (metro population under 1 million) from large cities (metro population over 1 million).  Washington, DC came in first in large part due to the heft of Federal funding and because the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities ranks first among state agencies for grant giving dollars.  Read the full report here.

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Project Create Opens Anacostia Art Studio for Local Children, Youth and Families

Project Create Opens Anacostia Art Studio for Local Children, Youth and Families

Project Create, a nonprofit that, for two decades, has provided arts education and enrichment to thousands of children and youth in Washington, DC, announces the opening of their new, custom-designed art studio in Anacostia in February 2015. On each Sunday in February, Project Create will host community open houses for neighborhood parents,children and youth to see the studio, meet the staff and enjoy refreshments while creating art.

Project Create Studio is located at 2028 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Washington DC across from “The Big Chair,” above Mama’s Pizza, entrance on V Street. Call the studio at (202) 660-2555 for more information.

Brooke Kidd Named the Sue Hess Maryland Arts Advocate of the Year

The Maryland Citizens for the Arts (MCA) announced its selection of Brooke Kidd, Founding Artistic Director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, as the 2015 Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award recipient. Since 1992, Brooke Kidd has championed community responsive programming at Joe’s Movement Emporium.  Her pioneering efforts to utilize the arts in Maryland as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made her one of the most well respected arts managers in the region. The award will be presented at the annual Maryland Arts Day on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the President’s Conference Center in the Miller Senate Building in Annapolis.  To attend, please register at www.mdarts.org.

(Photo Credit: Brooke Kidd by Charles Steck)

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Brookland Arts Walk Wins AIA|DC 2014 Design Award

Brookland Arts Walk Wins AIA|DC 2014 Design Award

The AIA (AIA|DC) will present 30 awards celebrating the year’s outstanding achievements in architectural design at its annual Chapter Design Awards ceremony. Selected from a pool of 181 entries produced by 80 firms, the awards recognize exemplary work in four categories including architecture, interior architecture, historic resources, and urban design/master planning. CulturalDC worked in partnership with Bozzuto and Abdo Developers to design 27 artist’s studios at Monroe Street Market in Brookland NE, now home to 37 artists.  The design is among the 30 recipients of the AIA | DC design awards. For more information and a full list visit www.architectmagazine.com/awards/aiadc-reveals-2014-design-award-winners_o.aspx 

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Winners of the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Announced (2014)

Winners of the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards Announced (2014)

The District’s artists, arts organizations and arts educators were honored at the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at the Lisner Auditorium, presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Winners for the 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards included the following: Excellence in an Artistic Discipline: Children’s Chorus of Washington | Excellence in Service to the Arts: Washington Project for the Arts | Innovation in the Arts:Lance Kramer | Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education: 826DC | Outstanding Emerging Artist: Rachel Kerwin | Excellence in Arts Teaching: Nakia Espinal, DC Bilingual Public Charter School – Performing Arts | Bryan Hill, John Philip Sousa Middle School – Visual Arts |Garwin Zamora, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School – Visual Arts

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