Art Gallery Income – Akademija Art http://akademija-art.net/ Wed, 06 Oct 2021 14:24:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://akademija-art.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Art Gallery Income – Akademija Art http://akademija-art.net/ 32 32 St. Ben’s Community Meal Reopens with Free Dinner in Milwaukee https://akademija-art.net/st-bens-community-meal-reopens-with-free-dinner-in-milwaukee/ https://akademija-art.net/st-bens-community-meal-reopens-with-free-dinner-in-milwaukee/#respond Wed, 06 Oct 2021 14:01:27 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/st-bens-community-meal-reopens-with-free-dinner-in-milwaukee/ After nearly a year and a half, the St. Ben’s Community Meal Program reopened to the homeless and hungry. Free hot dinners served at the dining hall at St. Benedict the Moor Parish, long a mainstay of Milwaukee’s Westown neighborhood, resumed last month for the first time since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced […]]]>

After nearly a year and a half, the St. Ben’s Community Meal Program reopened to the homeless and hungry.

Free hot dinners served at the dining hall at St. Benedict the Moor Parish, long a mainstay of Milwaukee’s Westown neighborhood, resumed last month for the first time since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced its way through the program to stop the most in person operations.

With about half of the people looking for meals and the hall is understaffed, Brother Robert Wotypka is optimistic he will see a slight increase as the news spreads.

More than 70 people stop there every night, compared to less than 40 when it reopened in early September, said Wotypka, director of the Department of Capuchin Community Services.

Jeremy (who only wanted to use his first name) participates in the St. Ben's Community Meals Program at St. Benedict the Moor Parish.  The parish resumes its meal program for the poor and the homeless.

Yet “the city center is still fairly quiet,” he said.

Following:Want to help send food to those in need? The Stock the Shelves donation window is open in October

Leaders decided it was important to open the dining hall with the potential end of the moratorium on evictions, emergency food allowances and additional unemployment checks on the horizon, Wotypka said.

“We wanted to be ready when citizens and residents are more stressed about income, so they have that to relieve stress, and I think we’ve been successful in that regard,” he said.

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Art forecast: more studios open, anecdotes about the Simpsons, saving Grubstake … https://akademija-art.net/art-forecast-more-studios-open-anecdotes-about-the-simpsons-saving-grubstake/ https://akademija-art.net/art-forecast-more-studios-open-anecdotes-about-the-simpsons-saving-grubstake/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2021 16:05:30 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/art-forecast-more-studios-open-anecdotes-about-the-simpsons-saving-grubstake/ The grand, if still slightly underrated, reopening of ArtSpan’s month-long open studios continues, this weekend encompassing the large studio community of 1890 Bryant Street, among others, for studio tours and tours. brought together (and hidden!) With the work of artists. I met one of Bryant’s 1890 artists, DK Haas, who has been participating since 2005, […]]]>

The grand, if still slightly underrated, reopening of ArtSpan’s month-long open studios continues, this weekend encompassing the large studio community of 1890 Bryant Street, among others, for studio tours and tours. brought together (and hidden!) With the work of artists. I met one of Bryant’s 1890 artists, DK Haas, who has been participating since 2005, to explain why, after a one-year hiatus from all viewing art, this installment of Open Studios feels absolutely necessary.

“The first challenge everyone felt during the pandemic was that everyone’s shows were being canceled, in all the arts,” Haas told me over the phone, recalling what seems like a century ago but was in fact less than 18 months. “The mayor issues this shelter-in-place order, and you’re like, ‘Woah, what’s going on?’ It is your job, your livelihood, you have invested everything to create and show your work. Now it’s canceled, and it’s all covered in this ghostly veil of anxiety and sickness. And now?

“I think a lot of us have stopped,” Haas said. “Everyone was panicking. It was too painful at that time to paint, to photograph, to make art. I myself caught COVID and I was very sick for months, I developed a long COVID. And when I finally started painting again, I was painting things that I didn’t even particularly identify with. I was like, ‘Huh, a flower.’ In a way, it was liberating, even though my painting was getting very dark. There was a painting I did when I was so mad at everything that was completely foreign to me. I called it ‘Fuck COVID.’ I was embarrassed about it, in a way, because I’m never so direct with what I do. I’m used to keeping the crazy woman inside me a secret!

DK Haas, “Fuck COVID”, 2021

“But you can’t paint or do art in a vacuum, especially when your own reaction to what you’ve done is ‘What is this?’ Creating and viewing art is part of a conversation. This conversation is riddled with what’s going on politically, socially, economically – and now it’s mostly about COVID, which encompasses all of these things, all of these fears and feelings that we have to deal with. But it’s still a conversation, and it gets things done.

“In the spring, when things were going better, I invited people to my studio. Four meetings over two days. We have a large gallery space. I installed a sofa and a bench. I put oranges, satsumas, and cans of sparkling water, so no one has to touch each other. And the people sat down and didn’t move. They were so hungry, ”Haas said.

“This is also the advantage of Open Studios. You have an audience, you don’t do art in a vacuum. I love 1890 Bryant. The caliber of the art, the community, the way the community comes together to organize this event, people should know this is the place for everything. It is a wonderful experience to walk there. The giant halls are beautiful and clean. The conversation continues. This has to continue one way or another, or I think there will be more harm to the health of the community. ”

Open Studios at 1870 Bryant takes place Saturday / 2 and Sunday / 3, with a preview reception Friday / 1 night. More info here.

Juanita More lawyers! Photo by Jonathan Griffin

SAVE COMMITMENT TL’s trusty late-night Grubstake dinner, with its Portuguese-Californian touch of sparkle (don’t miss the caldo verde), is usually where I would end up after a crazy day like the one I had at Sunday’s Folsom Megahood Fair. Like many weird and rambling monuments, the adorable restaurant in a little red train carriage is in dire need of an update. Co-owner Jimmy Consos wants to demolish the place and build an eight-story, 21-unit “middle-income apartment building”, with a replica of Grubstake on the ground floor.

Residents of the neighboring 103-unit building oppose Grubstake’s plans, already approved but changed in the development process, and have filed an appeal, submitting letters complaining that it would block their light. It’s one of those complicated situations and the development is now in limbo.

This Monday – yes, the morning after Folsom, so there was no way I was doing it in person – some of the biggest drag queens and LGBTQ boosters in town (Juanita More, Donna Satchet, Gary Virginia) hosted a rally supporting the Grubstake plan, a rare example of LGBT activists advocating for development in a traditionally queer neighborhood ravaged by gentrification. (Maybe in SF saving a historic burger would mean hangover drag queens pleading for an already approved development they probably can’t afford to live in.)

More wrote to me: “I have been a resident of District 3 and a customer of The Grubstake for 30 years and have a strong connection to the history and legacy of Polk Gulch because this neighborhood is where I am. released as a teenager.

“I also fully support the new construction project proposed by Grubstake. And I’m excited to hear that the new building will provide 21 units of middle income housing above the reconstructed restaurant, which will benefit the neighborhood and the community.

“Help us save and rebuild this iconic restaurant and its legacy as part of the LGBTQ + community,” said More. She posted here for more information about her mission. I just wish the accommodation was for all the neighborhood night owls that I love to meet at Grubstake, eating their burgers and drinks.

COWABUNGA, MECS Probably the thing that excites me the most in the world as a very, very young Gen-Xer stoner is the return of the infamous Simpsons Trivia Night on Sun / 3 from the always-on team Everything Ecstatic, and this time it’s a real doozy: They hold it at the Mission Bowling Club (yes, you can take a track) and also with a full Simpsons themed menu.

According to the organizers: “It’s not just a trivia night, we also have a very special Simpsons themed menu, cocktails (yes, the Flaming Moe specials will be back as well as the ‘Duff Beer’). ), super cool prizes, episodes between games and even VIP bowling lanes. To celebrate this momentous achievement in the realm of excellence, the dinner and drink menu for the evening will feature Simpsons dishes inspired by the terribly outrageous Laurel Randolph The Unofficial Simpsons Cookbook. It’s a fantastic cookbook with LEGIT recipes for your favorite Simpsonian foods like Steamed Hams, Meat Buns, Sloppy Jimbo and even a Space Age Waffle. We’ll be giving away cookbooks and bottles of Uncle Moe’s Hobo Secret Spices (among other cromulent prizes) to celebrate the book’s release in the Bay Area and this must-see feature. Sun / 3, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. More info here.

MORE EVENTS TO COME

SAM / 2 COMMUNITY PARADE AND COMMEMORATIVE CELEBRATION OF POET JACK HIRSCHMAN Jack Hirschman passed away on August 22, 2021. He spent most of his productive life as a poet, painter, translator, and community organizer based in the tight-knit North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. His most trusted comrades and admirers relatives held a festive procession and an open-air memorial as a fitting celebration of his life and work. In many ways, Jack was the poetic engine of the city and supported novice poets to the most famous, from the local internationally known. His major work, The arcana, three volumes of 126 poems spanning 34 years, is the most prolific production of an American poet since Pablo Neruda. He was the fourth San Francisco Poet Laureate and was the creator of the International Poetry Festival which brought together poets from around the world, helping to make San Francisco the “City of Poets”. The free celebration will be open to everyone and will include performances at some of his local hangouts in North Beach, culminating in a formal program at Washing Square Park. Admirers are encouraged to bring items to be included in the community altar at Specs’ Bar.

SAM / 2 GAYC / DC + MIDDLE AGE QUEERS Impressively talented GLBTQ AC / DC tribute band shows off their dirty deeds (done at super low cost), paired with a promising queer punk quartet (led by my former roommate Shauners!) Rubbish. To the Ivy Room. More info here.

SAM / 2 AS YOU LIKE IT 11 YEARS OLD We are truly fortunate to have a regular techno night, As You Like It, filled every time with mind-blowing lineup. This one is extra: Classic techno pioneer Robert Hood performs with his daughter Lyric as ecstatic house duo Floorplan, unsung Detroit creator Claude Young and Todd “The God” Edwards of New Jersey, whose big beats and chopped samples revolutionized the sound of the 90s. At Public Works. More info here.

SAM / 2 PREMIERE OF THE “COWBOY” FILM “Cowboy is a portrait of Wilbert Freeman McAlister, President of the Oakland Black Cowboy Association (OBCA). Through the film, we follow Wilbert from the dusty fields of the Central Valley through the Oakland cityscapes as he traces his life’s path of self-discovery, personal loss, and community education. The film will premiere at the historic Eli’s Mile High Club in Oakland. The event will include a screening of the film, a question-and-answer session with Wilbert and the filmmakers, a performance by Cowboy And His Sometimes Blues Band, a raffle with donations from local businesses, a DJ performance. While the event is a celebration of Wilbert and the film’s release, it is also a crucial fundraiser for the OBCA which has had to cancel its annual parade, its main fundraising event, these past two years due to COVID. All proceeds from ticket sales, raffle tickets and 20% of food / drink sales will be donated to the OBCA to help them continue their mission of educating the public about the often overlooked role of cowboys African Americans. More info here.

SAM / 2 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY BIKES TO BOOKS HIKING “It’s a party and you are all invited! Our 7.1 mile literary San Francisco bike tour combines San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling and urban exploration – an entertaining and unique way to celebrate the literary and adventurous spirit of San Francisco. In 2013, we created Bikes to Books as a tribute to the 1988 street naming project led by City Lights Books founder and former San Francisco poet laureate Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which 12 streets in San Francisco were renamed for famous artists and authors who made San Francisco their home. Celebrate eight years of Bike to Books, 33 years of street names and over 150 years of literary history from San Francisco, from South Park to North Beach, from Jack London to Jack Kerouac. Meet on the north side of Jack London in South Park at 12:45 pm. More info here.

SUN / 3 CASTRO STREET FAIR The unofficial start of fall for gays (everyone is invited though!), This lovely outdoor walk fills the air with fun music, drag performances, and all the rainbow windsocks and male torso art that you can take home from vendor booths. Hope they’ve kept my favorite part out of COVID: the country line dance scene that was once tucked away behind the Castro Theater. Yeah ! More information here.

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José Ray: IN A GOOD PLACE | Visual arts | Savannah News, Events, Restaurants, Music https://akademija-art.net/jose-ray-in-a-good-place-visual-arts-savannah-news-events-restaurants-music/ https://akademija-art.net/jose-ray-in-a-good-place-visual-arts-savannah-news-events-restaurants-music/#respond Wed, 29 Sep 2021 05:04:10 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/jose-ray-in-a-good-place-visual-arts-savannah-news-events-restaurants-music/ Carmen Aguirre, director of the Grand Bohemian Gallery at The Mansion on Forsyth Park, is passionate about showcasing local artists from Savannah. During October, she will present “Organic Ephemera” by José Ray with a vernissage this Thursday, September 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Aguirre first discovered Ray on social media and through his […]]]>

Carmen Aguirre, director of the Grand Bohemian Gallery at The Mansion on Forsyth Park, is passionate about showcasing local artists from Savannah.

During October, she will present “Organic Ephemera” by José Ray with a vernissage this Thursday, September 30 from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Aguirre first discovered Ray on social media and through his children’s books on display at Leslie Lovell’s Roots Up gallery.

Under the pseudonym José Lucio, he wrote and illustrated “Heave Ho! (2014), “Free Rain” (2017) and “Morty and the Moon” (2019) which respectively feature an earthworm, six chickens and a friendly bat; although Ray tells me he’s probably done with children’s books unless he finds an agent to help with marketing and communication with book festivals (anyone ?!)

Aguirre then attended his show at Sulfur Studios and immediately asked him to be part of the “Savannah Series” of Grand Bohemian.

Now included in his permanent stable of artists, Ray is indebted to Aguirre for regular art sales during his quarantine.

For many, his previous exhibition at the Grand Bohemian Gallery was the last we attended before the city of Savannah closed in March of last year. Over the past 18 months, Aguirre has sold his work to locals and hotel guests outside of town.

“I am incredibly grateful that this show took place. I might have been in the bread line without it! Ray jokes. In fact, the pandemic has been good for Ray in so many ways. Not only did he regularly sell work, but he and his wife Maggie – actor, singer, dancer and teacher – bought a house in the city center where he set up a spacious studio at the front of the house, focused on the producing more work, and on perfecting the sealants he uses to protect his parts when finished.

Although he was creative when he grew up in a blue-collar family in Hutchinson, KS, Ray was not exposed to much of the art scene and never saw college as his future.

“In fact, I remember feeling when I was a 10 or 12 year old that you had to do a job that you might not like, that breaks you physically or emotionally, you have a family, you fight to survive. Tumors. Man, this sucks.

After high school he moved to Lawrence, KS, which he describes as “a much cooler town,” performed in bands, was around art, and finally knew he had to get out of the chore. 9-5 and find meaning.

He began taking classes at a Kansas City community college where his teachers recognized and nurtured his artistic abilities and encouraged him to attend art school.

Now in his mid-twenties he has reviewed several and, “Having lived in the Midwest all my life, a warm climate and the coast played a big part in choosing SCAD!”

Ray graduated in painting and illustration in 2011.

In the following years, Ray taught children at the Scribble Art Studio and helped many students prepare portfolios of work for Garrison, Savannah Arts Academy, and SCAD.

“It was a very good job because it allowed me to reconnect with many media. I had not used colored pencils since elementary school. I had to teach these children to use chalk pastels, oil pastels, watercolors, etc. and I had to relearn everything myself.

Supplementing this income, Ray took on illustration and graphic design work, did installation work, embarked on several murals (locally you can see his work in the Starland Mural Project and at 40th and Drayton alongside Atwell’s Art & Frame), and continued his love affair with vinyl as a much-acclaimed local DJ. All the while, he was constantly sketching and drawing while trying to find time to work on his gallery pieces.

Ray meets me in his home studio, wearing, of course, his signature Fidel cap and cheerful smile. Incredibly young and energetic, her enthusiastic nature seems to pervade her mixed media floral paintings that feature a profusion of color, bursts of flowers – both imaginary and real – and rainbows of psychedelic patterns and shapes. .

Ray sees this work as the result of many years of doubt and experimentation.

“Even now, there are a lot of drawings and doodles in it,” he says. “Before, I used watercolor as a base, then I used ink, colored pencils, markers and gouache on top. Now I use more of a collage technique, something that has always interested me since my punk rock years in high school. I have spent a lot of time finding the best media to do my job.

He starts by affixing watercolor paper to panels, then paints abstract shapes and adds more and more layers of collage.

“Then I take a gesso and a palette knife to start creating textures and shapes. ”

Finally, he adds several coats of varnish to make the paint UV resistant. Gone are the high gloss finishes of his past work, replaced by a softer, more satin finish that still allows the viewer to see the intricacy of the underlying layers.

Ray explains: “My paintings are floral, but they are very drawn. I like to start with recognizable flowers, but I often get in on the flow and start doodling. I grew up with Saturday morning cartoons and love this early animation. Sometimes the work is more realistic and sometimes more cartoonish. As a Gemini, I like this dichotomy.

He walks his dogs through the back streets of Savannah and enjoys the abundant wild vegetation, the way things rage and twist together.

“Sometimes the paintings have a theme (similar flowers or a particular color palette) but most of them are quite spontaneous.” Ray connects them to his DJ-ing.

“I like to add more bizarre stuff to present it to people. So I can mix obscure French techno music with Madonna or Beyonce without any problem. It’s the same idea here. You can say “Oh, look at the pretty flowers,” but I can add weird stuff that I like – the more abstract elements, the doodles, the manic stuff everywhere. What separates my work and makes it unique are all these disparate mediums that come together.

Ray is still a DJ (catch him most Saturdays at Starland Yard, most Fridays at the Peacock Lounge and at private events), but today he’s fortunate enough to be a full-time artist.

Wife Maggie, whom he met in philosophy class at SCAD, appreciates being able to experience her creativity so intimately,

“The studio being in our house allows me to see the process of it. And I think the years he has spent working and giving back to our community are paying off. He is really well placed. He’s getting love back now.

Come share the love – and joy – by experiencing “Organic Ephemera”.

José Ray’s new work “Organic Ephemera” opens Thursday, September 30 with an artists reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Grand Bohemian Gallery in The Mansion on Forsyth Park. For more information, visit kesslercollection.com or call 912.721.5007 and find José Ray on Joséray.com or on Instagram @ Joséraysay

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The Arts Thrive at the Albuquerque Museum https://akademija-art.net/the-arts-thrive-at-the-albuquerque-museum/ https://akademija-art.net/the-arts-thrive-at-the-albuquerque-museum/#respond Tue, 28 Sep 2021 17:58:27 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/the-arts-thrive-at-the-albuquerque-museum/ September 28, 2021 at 11:58 am This year’s ArtsThrive exhibit and benefit, hosted by the Museum of Albuquerque Foundation, will feature 389 individual works of art, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs and more. The event, which kicks off October 7, will help support the Albuquerque Museum and local artists. By exhibiting their work to new […]]]>


This year’s ArtsThrive exhibit and benefit, hosted by the Museum of Albuquerque Foundation, will feature 389 individual works of art, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry, photographs and more. The event, which kicks off October 7, will help support the Albuquerque Museum and local artists.

By exhibiting their work to new audiences and potential collectors, the event raises awareness among lesser-known artists. This year, the foundation hopes to generate $ 270,000 gross, which is nearly one-fifth of the organization’s budgeted revenue for fiscal year 22. After accounting for all expenses and payments to artists, the foundation hopes to earn around $ 120. $ 000 to support the staff, programs and exhibits of the Albuquerque Museum.

The magic bus

The Albuquerque Museum uses the ArtsThrive exhibit and events to raise funds for a variety of programs and exhibits. Proceeds from the Collector’s Dinner exhibition and event will support the Magic Bus educational program, which supports the cost of more than 10,000 students in our community to log into art and art exhibitions each year. history at the Albuquerque Museum. The program offers many disadvantaged children the opportunity to visit a museum. By providing free buses and on-the-go art activities and supporting the creation of docent-led video tours, the foundation is supporting an unprecedented educational resource for the community.

TThe importance of artistic programs

Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director and CEO of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, said: “The arts are not only fulfilling and nourishing for the soul, but also a powerful tool for social change. Studies have shown, for example, that low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts have five times lower high school dropout rates than their peers, score 100 more points on the SAT, and are twice as likely to obtain their university degree. And arts-rich communities have 18 percent fewer serious crime and 14 percent fewer reports of abuse and neglect. The Magic Bus program and the Albuquerque Museum’s educational initiatives aim to level the playing field for K-12 students and provide access and opportunities that they otherwise would not have received.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the ArtsThrive Art exhibition and benefit and features an in-person exhibition of works at the Albuquerque Museum which runs from October 9 to December 5. There will also be an associated online gallery. The ArtsThrive Un-Gala takes place October 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features an online auction of over 300 original works of art.

Tickets for the Collectors Dinner (October 7, 6 to 9 p.m.) cost $ 225 and are available by contacting Elaine Richardson by email at erichardson@albuquerquemuseumfoundation.org or by phone: 505-677-8491. Participants will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative test within the past 48 hours to participate in the event.

For more information, visit the Foundation’s website (https://albuquerquemuseumfoundation.org/artsthrive/) or go directly to the online gallery (https://virtualauction.bid/ArtsThriveOnlineAuction) to view the works and register for free to bid, starting the evening of October 7.

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Black Hills Works: Building a Better Future for Rapid City | Brand Avenue Studios https://akademija-art.net/black-hills-works-building-a-better-future-for-rapid-city-brand-avenue-studios/ https://akademija-art.net/black-hills-works-building-a-better-future-for-rapid-city-brand-avenue-studios/#respond Mon, 27 Sep 2021 17:45:00 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/black-hills-works-building-a-better-future-for-rapid-city-brand-avenue-studios/ Many people supported by Black Hills Works are also employed across the community, earning their own income. Photo provided by Black Hills Works Being part of a community is more than where you live. It’s about learning and growing together to make the place we call home better for everyone. At Black Hills Works, adults […]]]>





Many people supported by Black Hills Works are also employed across the community, earning their own income.


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Being part of a community is more than where you live. It’s about learning and growing together to make the place we call home better for everyone.

At Black Hills Works, adults with disabilities receive the support they need to become meaningful members of our community. With residential support, community activities and day service programs, they can live their best lives as neighbors, employees, friends, volunteers, artists, athletes and leaders.

Learn more about Black Hills Works, the 600 people they support and the huge impact it has on our community!

Conquer lifethe obstacles of – together

The Black Hills Works team not only help adults with disabilities face everyday challenges, they are also there to cheer on wins and help get through tough times. As a person supported by Black Hills Works, Bonnie Barnhart received the help she needed to regain confidence in her abilities and pursue her goal of walking again. “I have improved a lot. There are so many angels at Black Hills Works, ”says Bonnie.






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The future is bright for Bonnie Barnhart, pictured here in front of just one of her Black Hills Works Angels.


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Advocacy for a better future

Taking a stand for adults with disabilities around the world, Bonnie traveled to Washington DC to discuss the critical need for adequate support for community service providers like Black Hills Works. This act is in keeping with Black Hills Works’ mission to be part of the community, not only in the community. In keeping with this mission, the entire Black Hills Works family prioritizes community work and volunteerism to help everyone achieve their goals and dreams, regardless of their ability.

Develop lasting relationships

“Black Hills Works is my family,” Bonnie shares. “Everyone here is a friend; they are my family. ”Bonnie’s statement echoes the feelings not only of other supported people, but also of the staff who help them live fully each day. For the team at Black Hills Works, going to work is about more than just collecting a paycheck – it’s about bonding a rewarding career that improves the lives of everyone involved.

Provide creative outlets

Black Hills Works also offers platforms for actors and artists of all skill levels to grow and create together.

Founded in 2008, Flutter Productions celebrates the human spirit as artists – with and without disabilities – show off their artistic flair on stage. Flutter Productions not only offers shows that make the night on the town a special one, but also offers acting classes and camps open to all members of the community.

The Suzie Cappa Art Center, tucked away in downtown Rapid City, houses works of art created by over 20 full-time artists of all skill levels in a variety of mediums. Self-guided tours are available in the art studio and non-profit gallery, and original pieces can be purchased. The proceeds from donations and sales are reinvested in fundraising so that artists can continue to pursue their dreams.






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Bonnie and her cat Sebastian


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Provide gainful employment opportunities

Earning an income gives a sense of pride and independence to those supported by Black Hills Works, with almost half of those supported being employed across our community. Bonnie, who works for Lesli Pond, a secretary for Black Hills Works in their community support services department, appreciates the opportunity, which is reflected in her work. “Bonnie has a great work ethic,” Lesli said. “She’s reliable, detailed and overall a great colleague. She has a smile and a friendly word to everyone she comes in contact with.

The Black Hills Works family also offers jobs to people supported by EchoWorks, an electronics recycling service, and Unique Auto Grooming, a professional-grade retail business.

How can you help create a community where everyone participates to live a life full of potential? There are many ways to be a part of Black Hills Works!

Whether you are a business owner with a vacant position, looking for a way to volunteer your time or finances, or just want to make a difference in someone’s life, there is a place for you. you. At Black Hills Works, there are many ways to create opportunity for those we support.

Click here to find out more!

Looking for a career at Black Hills Works? In addition to a rewarding, supportive and fun work environment, you will earn a competitive salary and an exceptional benefits package that includes health, vision and dental benefits, 23 paid days off over the course of your first year of employment, 401k up to 5% and much more!

Click here to see our current opportunities!

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YMCA converted to apartment building in Granite City, IL https://akademija-art.net/ymca-converted-to-apartment-building-in-granite-city-il/ https://akademija-art.net/ymca-converted-to-apartment-building-in-granite-city-il/#respond Sun, 26 Sep 2021 14:44:17 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/ymca-converted-to-apartment-building-in-granite-city-il/ Granite City was already grappling with vacant buildings and other downtown deterioration in 2004, when the YMCA left a monument four story brick building on Edison Avenue. Since that time, government officials, business people and community leaders have struggled to turn the tide. Their efforts were boosted considerably this summer. A nonprofit development organization completed […]]]>

Granite City was already grappling with vacant buildings and other downtown deterioration in 2004, when the YMCA left a monument four story brick building on Edison Avenue.

Since that time, government officials, business people and community leaders have struggled to turn the tide.

Their efforts were boosted considerably this summer.

A nonprofit development organization completed an $ 11 million renovation on the old YMCA building, turning it into an apartment complex for artists, veterans and others with incomes of $ 60 or less. % of region median. Tenants are now moving into its 37 units.

“When it was a YMCA, I came here to swim,” said Randy Carter, 66, a retired warehouse worker who rents a one-bedroom apartment. “I used to stay in Madison. I come out of a very large house.

The new Edison Avenue Art Lofts are part of a larger vision to transform downtown Granite City into a thriving art and entertainment district. Plans call for the complex to eventually include an art gallery and a studio for guest artists.

The renovations were made possible in part by nearly $ 3 million in historic federal and state tax credits, forcing contractors to retain many original features. The 1924 building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places four years ago.

The city basically donated the building to Rise Community Development. The organization is based in Saint-Louis, but it also works on neighborhood revitalization projects in the eastern metro.

The city has owned the YMCA building since 2005, according to the Madison County Assessor’s Office.

“The city has clung to it, waiting for the right development,” said Brenda Whitaker, director of arts, entertainment and tourism. “So it took a long time to prepare. “

Whitaker also owns three restaurants and is executive director of the Alfresco Productions cultural center.

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The developers renovating the old Granite City YMCA building were able to retain many of the original features, including the oak paneling of the lobby and reception desk and black and white tiled floor. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

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The developers who turned the old Granite City YMCA building into an apartment complex saved the original maple floor of the dance studio, which was divided into two apartments. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

The interior had “seen better days”

Rise began renovations to the old YMCA building in early 2020, working with St. Louis general contractor Altman Charter Co.

While in possession of the city, the building had been used for United Service Organizations (USO) housing, Halloween haunted houses, and police tactical training. It had also been vacant for long periods.

People crept into the building and painted graffiti on the walls and caused other damage. The rubbish and debris included shell casings from police-fired blanks and coffins and other haunted house accessories.

“Structurally it was in good shape, but the interior had seen better days,” said Mark Stroker, director of real estate development for Rise.

Altman Charter has coordinated with architects at Rosemann & Associates in St. Louis to create 25 one-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom apartments, all with different floor plans.

The resort has an industrial feel, embracing its past as a health and fitness center. Wooden bleachers line a hallway leading to five loft-style apartments carved out of the old gymnasium. They feature original brick walls and maple floors and reproduction lighting reminiscent of the ‘Hoosiers’ basketball era.

Other historic features include the lobby’s black-and-white tiled floor, oak paneling, and reception desk; a stained glass window above the entrance; and a brick fireplace with the triangular YMCA logo.

“We did it all again,” said Mark Ehlert, project manager for Altman Charter. “It was a mess when we got here.”

The wooden doors lining the corridors on the upper floors have also been preserved. They once led to dormitory-style rooms, where the YMCA allowed unlucky men to stay in the 1920s and 1930s.

The dance studio and racquetball courts have been converted into apartments. The complex also offers a computer lab, exercise room and laundry facilities.

The non-functional glass-brick pool on the lower level will be left alone for now. Officials are hoping that someone will open a cafe or other business in an unfinished commercial space.

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The non-functional glass-brick swimming pool on the lower level of the former Granite City YMCA was not renovated as part of a project to convert the historic building into 37 apartments. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

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The developers who turned the old Granite City YMCA building into an apartment complex sculpted five loft-style units in the old gymnasium. They feature original brick walls and maple floors. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

Focus on artists and veterans

Edison Avenue Art Lofts is now owned by a private limited partnership, of which Associated Bank is the lead investor. The complex is overseen by a subsidiary of Rise, Stroker said.

The 37 apartments are rented. They range from 500 to 991 square feet and cost $ 525 to $ 750 per month.

Rents had to be “affordable” since the project received more than $ 6 million in federal tax credits for social housing, as well as loans from Madison County and the State of Illinois.

Renters can be any age as long as they meet the income requirements.

“The development is focused on serving artists and veterans who wish to live downtown, (where) amenities such as town hall, restaurants and cafes, a cinema and parks are within walking distance.” , according to a blog post by Larry Perlmutter, Rise’s director of communications and development.

An inauguration ceremony is planned soon. Those interested in renting apartments can put on a waiting list by contacting McCormack Baron Management at 618-271-6970 or edisonavelofts@mccormackbaron.com.

One person excited about the downtown project is Conrad “Babe” Champion, a longtime Granite City volunteer, 89, a retired teacher and trainer who worked at the YMCA from 1949 to 1956.

Champion was still in high school when he started out in the “boys’ zone,” where men and boys checked their clothes before going swimming in their “birthday suits” (naked). The YMCA even had a boxing ring, helping to produce several Golden Gloves competitors.

Champion ultimately made $ 4,200 per year. He and his late wife, Sue, didn’t have much to spend on their wedding reception in 1953, so the YMCA management allowed them to use a small room for free.

“The YMCA was the center of everything in Granite City in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s,” Champion said.

In 2004, the YMCA of Granite City moved to the former Tri-City Regional Port District, now America’s Central Port, and became the YMCA of Tri-City. Last year, officials announced they were ending health and fitness programs due to COVID-related losses and moving to a youth development center.

This story was originally published September 26, 2021 6:00 a.m.

Teri Maddox has been a journalist for 36 years, joining the Belleville News-Democrat in 1990. She also teaches journalism at St. Louis Community College in Forest Park. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Monetize your social media platforms: Kuda https://akademija-art.net/monetize-your-social-media-platforms-kuda/ https://akademija-art.net/monetize-your-social-media-platforms-kuda/#respond Sun, 26 Sep 2021 08:30:25 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/monetize-your-social-media-platforms-kuda/ The Chronicle Boitumelo Makhurane, showbiz journalistBulawayo ARTISTS were urged to monetize their social media platforms in order toGenerate income. Social media guru Kudakwashe Takundwa, blogger and founder of Culxure Mag, said during a presentation at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo workshop titled Monetising the Arts Through Social Media, which was held last Tuesday at the […]]]>

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Boitumelo Makhurane, showbiz journalist
Bulawayo ARTISTS were urged to monetize their social media platforms in order to
Generate income.

Social media guru Kudakwashe Takundwa, blogger and founder of Culxure Mag, said during a presentation at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo workshop titled Monetising the Arts Through Social Media, which was held last Tuesday at the National Art Gallery in Bulawayo.

Kuda said social media platforms such as Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook and Twitter have become a powerful marketing tool for various businesses and the arts should not be left out.

“Social media has also given us the opportunity to share our art in front of a large audience and potential buyers, event / festival organizers and various TV channels. Some of the artists, namely Sandra Ndebele, Madlela Skhobokhobo, Madame Boss and Mai Titi, have accumulated thousands, if not millions of followers.

At the same time, they generate income for themselves through company recommendations and ads that they share on their social media platforms, ”he said.

Takundwa urged artists to be active on social media and support each other by liking and following each other on social media.

He said the future of arts marketing is on social media.

Socialist Gilmore Tee said having a strong and clear personal brand doesn’t mean having thousands of followers.

He urged artists to be consistent, monetize the media, and get into affiliate marketing.

“It takes time to start making money using social media, don’t give up hope along the way and be consistent. Affiliate markets have their advantages in terms of increased market share, knowledge sharing, higher profits and broadening the customer base, ”he said.

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Where are the best retirement communities in the United States: South Florida Caribbean News https://akademija-art.net/where-are-the-best-retirement-communities-in-the-united-states-south-florida-caribbean-news/ https://akademija-art.net/where-are-the-best-retirement-communities-in-the-united-states-south-florida-caribbean-news/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 13:34:48 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/where-are-the-best-retirement-communities-in-the-united-states-south-florida-caribbean-news/ Migrating to a place of retirement that better suits your passions and your budget could save you significant amounts of money and improve your standard of living. The 150 largest metropolitan areas in the United States are all viable retirement destinations, according to a new study from US News & World Report. The research contains […]]]>

Migrating to a place of retirement that better suits your passions and your budget could save you significant amounts of money and improve your standard of living. The 150 largest metropolitan areas in the United States are all viable retirement destinations, according to a new study from US News & World Report.

The research contains information on home affordability, happiness, attractiveness, retiree taxes, the job market, and the availability of high-quality medical services, and is based on a US News online survey of people aged 45 and over on their retirement choices.

Florida tops this year’s list of best places to retire, in part thanks to the state’s cheap housing, low tax rates, and higher satisfaction and popularity ratings. There is also Myrtle Beach 55+ communities which offer a good standard of living at a reasonable cost, as well as two each in Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee which stand out for being among the best places for retirees. Here are the best retirement destinations for 2021.

  • Charlotte, North Carolina

The most populous city in the state of North Carolina is seeing a huge influx of new people. During the past year, the population has increased by 13,194 individuals. In search of better employment prospects or reduced living costs, many people choose Charlotte as their new home. Retirees looking for recreation or volunteer work can find many museums and musical theater institutions in the area, which is also a hotbed for the financial sector and motorcycle racing. According to a US News poll of possible retirement locations, Charlotte performed well in terms of attractiveness. Fans of professional sports could cheer on their favorite teams, such as the Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers and Georgia Bulldogs.

Where are the best retirement communities in the United States

With something like a vibrant art scene and a low cost of living, Grand Rapids attracts a wide range of people. Grand Rapids is home to several art institutions, such as the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. During the ArtPrize awards ceremony, the entire block is transformed into an art gallery, attracting artists from all over the world. To top it off, being a part of the Grand Rapids art scene doesn’t cost a dime. People 60 and over pay an average of only $ 162,300 for a house.

Houston is the fourth most populous metropolis in the country, and it will continue to grow. The oil and natural gas sectors are particularly strong in this area. Houston’s real estate market is one of the most affordable in the country, especially for first-time buyers. Near Gulf of Mexico, this massive metropolis includes a museum sector, a popular theater area and a number of sports franchises. The US News and World Report’s Top Hospitals Honor Roll ranks the Methodist Hospital in Houston as the 20th best hospital in the country. Now at the University of Houston, people aged 65 and over can take advantage of a special program that allows them to take advantage of free online courses.

Where are the best retirement communities in the United States

By offering gigabit Internet bandwidth in 2010, Chattanooga dubbed itself “Gig City” and continued to make high-speed Internet. investments. The fast fiber optic network has attracted IT companies, investment firms and innovators who want broadband access for their work but want to live in a cheaper area. Retirees who really want to work part-time online or start an internet business somewhere that doesn’t cost a lot of money while enjoying the nearby mountains and the Tennessee River might well be interested.

Because of its low cost of living and proximity to the waterfront, Tampa is a great place to retire. Along Tampa Bay near the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll find pure white sand beaches alongside tall apartment buildings and other luxury apartments. Another premier cruise port, Tampa makes it easy to see the Caribbean or Europe while participating in fun onboard events. Amusement parks, professional sports leagues, an animal park, and an aquarium are just a few of Tampa’s other offerings.

Where are the best retirement communities in the United States

  • Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Countless immigrants come to the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area because of the many job opportunities available. The previous year, the population of Forth Worth increased by 16,369 citizens. Due to low housing expenses, moving is a viable option. For people aged 60 and over, the price of a typical house in the area is only $ 179,100. Although Texas does not have state income tax, it is important to keep the possibility of property taxes in mind when buying a home. A wide array of professional sports teams may well be supported by Dallas area sports fans including the Cowboys, Mavs, Rangers and Stars.

Jacksonville has one of the fastest in the country the population is increasing. According to Census Bureau statistics, the region has seen a net increase of 9,070 people in the past year. Warm temperatures, the Atlantic Ocean waterfront, and golf courses with ocean and river views draw seniors to this North Florida community near the Georgian border. Many high quality hospitals could well be found in the area, as well as an outpost for the Mayo Clinic. People over the age of 65 pay an average of $ 185,700 for their homes, according to Zillow.

Where are the best retirement communities in the United States

  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

It’s no secret that Myrtle Beach is a popular tourist destination. With affordable housing in the area, retirees could continue to enjoy their vacation lifestyle indefinitely. The coastline of the Atlantic Ocean has over 60 miles of sand. There are many world class golf courses in Myrtle Beach including works by Robert Trent Jones, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. You can either follow the crowds and ride the Myrtle Beach SkyWheel and stroll along the boardwalk, or you can find a quiet spot and eat some delicious seafood.

There are almost a third of residents who are 60 or older in Fort Myers, which is a popular retirement community. According to the Gallup and US Census polls, residents of this Gulf Coast community enjoy supportive relationships and are able to effectively manage their financial lives. With a typical property value of $ 217,100, the Fort Myers area is an affordable place to spend your old age hunting, sailing, or lounging on the beaches.

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Southwest Atlanta Stabbing + Suspected Arson + AIDS Walk https://akademija-art.net/southwest-atlanta-stabbing-suspected-arson-aids-walk/ https://akademija-art.net/southwest-atlanta-stabbing-suspected-arson-aids-walk/#respond Fri, 24 Sep 2021 20:16:51 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/southwest-atlanta-stabbing-suspected-arson-aids-walk/ Get up and over to them, Atlanta! Catch up with you to start this Saturday with full knowledge of the facts. Here is what is happening in the city today. Are you a local business owner or trader in Atlanta? Our premium local sponsorships keep you on top of inboxes in town every morning. Contact […]]]>

Get up and over to them, Atlanta! Catch up with you to start this Saturday with full knowledge of the facts. Here is what is happening in the city today.


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First, the weather forecast for the day:

Partly cloudy all day. High: 76 Low: 58.


Here are the best stories today in Atlanta:

  1. Police are looking for a suspect after a man was stabbed to death in southwest Atlanta Friday morning. The stabbing took place near the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Avenue SW At around 2:27 a.m., doctors transported the victim to a nearby hospital, but he did not survive his injuries. (FOX 5 Atlanta)
  2. Eight families have been displaced after flames broke out on a second-story bridge in what authorities are investigating a suspected arson attack. The fire broke out around 1:30 p.m. at Pavilion Place Apartments in the 500 block of Cleveland Avenue. There was no one inside the building when the firefighters arrived and no one was injured. (The Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  3. Directory AIDS Walk Atlanta and Music Festival is back on September 25 at Piedmont Park after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. (CBS46 Atlanta News)
  4. Downton Abbey: the exhibition opens this Saturday, September 25 at Point Perimeter.(CBS46 Atlanta News)
  5. Meet the LGBTQ candidates running for the next Atlanta-regional elections. (Voice of Georgia)

Today in Atlanta:

  • Ford Driving Skills for Life – Atlanta Motor Speedway (7:30 a.m.)
  • 5K “Spark the Conversation” race for the benefit of Heads Up for Harry – Marist High School (8:30 am)
  • Discover Ponce de Leon: A Walking Tour of the Ponce Corridor – Atlanta Preservation Center (10:00 am)
  • Atlanta BeltLine Food and Art Tour – Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail (11:00 am)
  • Basic Income Rally – Georgia Beer Garden (2:00 p.m.)
  • Wine tasting basics – Wine shoe (2:00 p.m.)
  • Tribute by Tony Tatum to the music of K-Ci, JoJo, Boyz 2 Men and more – 3220 Butner Rd. (7:00 p.m.)

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Biz people, artists find a place in an advocacy shop https://akademija-art.net/biz-people-artists-find-a-place-in-an-advocacy-shop/ https://akademija-art.net/biz-people-artists-find-a-place-in-an-advocacy-shop/#respond Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:35:28 +0000 https://akademija-art.net/biz-people-artists-find-a-place-in-an-advocacy-shop/ THE BEST OF THE CORDILLÈRE. An advocacy boutique at the Porta Vaga shopping center in Baguio city’s main drag, Session Road, hosts products from 29 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), craft makers in addition to 30 budding visual artists . The “Layad of Kordilyera“, made up of a core group of nine people, is […]]]>

THE BEST OF THE CORDILLÈRE. An advocacy boutique at the Porta Vaga shopping center in Baguio city’s main drag, Session Road, hosts products from 29 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), craft makers in addition to 30 budding visual artists . The “Layad of Kordilyera“, made up of a core group of nine people, is helping producers of Cordillera products earn money during the pandemic by selling their products. (ANP photo by Liza T. Agoot)

CITY OF BAGUIO – Small entrepreneurs making products from the Cordillera and visual artists have additional space to display and sell their items at “Layad of Kordilyera“located in one of the local Session Road malls.

Jogin Rey Tamayo, cartoonist at Baguio Midland Courier, the region’s oldest weekly newspaper, said on Wednesday that the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (Covid-19) provides an opportunity to collaborate and partner with artists visuals and budding crafts of the city and other provinces of the region.

From a core group of nine people who practice different art forms, they brought together around 29 people interested in crafts and 30 art painters with potentials whose items are on display in the shop.

“When the pandemic started we decided to bring entrepreneurs together because there were a lot of them who lost their jobs, establishments closed, so in a way we are helping them make a living during the pandemic” , said Tamayo, who was once a sports journalist.

“This is the best of the Cordillera exhibit, from food to non-food like crafts and painting,” he said.

He said sales are released every two weeks or at the end of the month, keeping just a little as a rental payment for the space they use.

“Strength in numbers, his friend namin na nagpapatak-patak (many of us participate) for the rent, ”he said.

Tamayo, who returned to the country permanently after about 10 years with his children and his wife in Canada as a migrant worker, said exhibitors left the items they sold at the store.

Among the vendors is a group that makes bags.

“I’ve always wanted a place in Session Road where I could exhibit my paintings,” Tamayo said.

From a simple art gallery, the group formed the “Layad of Kordilyera(From the Cordillera with love) to also welcome other budding artists. The estate officially opened on Wednesday.

It houses a cafe using locally grown coffee products, a sales area for various handicrafts made from indigenous materials or made by cordilleras, food and non-food products from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) assisted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

“It’s like a gallery and an arts and crafts retail space,” Tamayo said.

He said the purpose of “Layad”Is not to earn income from the products but to provide space for the products and works of people who are just starting out but showing potential.

Among the items on display and for sale are bread, coffee, tea, jams, wines, vinegar and gourmet vinegar, rings, pine needle products, wood and bamboo products, products paper and dog clothes.

Youngest exhibitor

7-year-old Fielle Estrada started joining Tamayo’s special class painting workshops in the past. She is the youngest among 30 artists from the region whose work is exhibited at the HeArtworx Art Gallery in Layad Di Kordilyera.

His work “Four Seasons” accompanies the pieces of his mother, Fey Esper, and his grandmother Marie, also exhibited and on sale at the gallery.

Tamayo said the shop keeps 20% of the selling price of a painting, which he hopes will continue to help new artists have a place to display their work.

He said he used to do paint shops in remote schools before the pandemic, where they also gave paint and brushes to learners.

When the pandemic started, he then hosted an online workshop while in Canada.

Naisip ko walang makalabas kaya nagturo ako online to earn money. Hindi lang for the financial aspect dahil marami sa kanila ang nakapagbenta ng painting, mental problems din na mai ginagawa ka sa bahay na di ka nabo-bore (I thought that because people couldn’t go out, I could do an online conference which proved not only financially helpful but also mentally beneficial, keeping people from being bored at home) ”, he said. -he declares.

Tamayo said their vision is not just to sell the products locally, but to bring the items overseas with many exciting Cordillera made items available. (ANP)

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