This year, the region’s design weeks; Amman, Casablanca, Beirut, and Saudi Arabia will come together for the first time in Dubai, bringing co-curated presentations to Downtown Editions, the new element within the Downtown Design fair.
With just over a month to go until submissions for the third Audi Innovation Award close, designers and innovators in the Middle East are invited to respond to the theme of ‘Connections’ for the chance to win the region's leading innovation award worth $25,000, composed of mentoring, publicity and investment in the winning concept. Deadline for submissions: 16 September 2018.
The anchor event of Dubai Design Week, Downtown Design will grow again for its sixth edition, exhibiting regional design alongside leading global brands, such as Arper, Artemide, Baxter, Cassina, Normann Copenhagen, Jan Kath and Poltrona Frau. Welcoming both trade and public visitors, save the dates for the Middle East’s leading design fair.
2018 is the year of Emirati-French Cultural Dialogue. As part of the programme the Institut Français in the UAE will present a showcase of contemporary French design at Dubai Design Week, demonstrating the creativity of designers and savoir-faire of French manufacturers.
Dubai’s creative incubator, Tashkeel, provides a nurturing environment for the growth of contemporary art and design practice rooted in the UAE. For this year's Dubai Design Week, a number of activations are planned under the banner of ‘Design+Making UAE’.
New grant awards aim to spur investment and growth at the nation’s museums, libraries, and cultural centers
WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 9, 2018) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $13.2 million in awards to 29 U.S. cultural institutions that will leverage federal funds against private investment to help create and sustain the nation’s humanities infrastructure.
These are the first awards made under NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, a program created in January 2018 to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities in the United States through matching grants to libraries, museums, archives, colleges, universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions for efforts that build institutional capacity or infrastructure for long-term sustainability.
“As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary in 2026, we want to ensure that the buildings, objects, and documents associated with our founding are protected for future generations,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural round of NEH Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants, which will foster the long-term health and sustainability of America’s cultural institutions.”
These challenge grants, which require a match of nonfederal funds, support construction and renovation projects, purchase of equipment and software, sharing of humanities collections between institutions, documentation of lost or imperiled cultural heritage, maintenance of digital scholarly infrastructure, and the preservation and conservation of humanities collections.
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will receive a $750,000 challenge grant to support construction of a new arts and culture hub in downtown Juneau and, through its partners, create access for humanities programs in communities across Alaska.
HBCU Library Alliance in Atlanta will receive a $365,000 challenge grant to provide collections-care services and training opportunities for members of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance in order to strengthen stewardship of special collections documenting the African-American experience at 71 libraries.
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will receive a $176,106 challenge grant for renovations and infrastructure upgrades to Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio, Taliesin West, located outside Scottsdale, Arizona. The project will help address the site’s decaying electrical, water, and sewage systems.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, will receive a $100,000 challenge grant to purchase a digital asset management system that will enable public access to educational materials and information about the museum’s permanent collection of 40,000 works of art. The museum holds the largest public collection of paintings by American artist Thomas Hart Benton as well as notable collections of Chinese art and photography.
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington will receive a $250,000 challenge grant for the design and construction of a new Jewish museum in Washington, D.C., including the relocation and renovation of a historic 1876 synagogue.
Philadelphia Museum of Art will receive a $500,000 challenge grant to expand gallery space to display its permanent collections of early American Art, which comprise nearly 12,000 objects dating from the colonial period through the mid-1800s. The collection includes works by early American painter Charles Willson Peale, and masterworks by John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and Thomas Sully.
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Foundation in Knoxville, Tennessee, will receive a $400,000 challenge grant to create a center to house the Appalachian Heritage Project collection—which focuses on regional literature, history, and folklore—and related educational activities and public programming.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will receive a $420,482 challenge grant to repair the house’s 100-year old signature tile roof to preserve the museum’s collection of fine and decorative art. This premier collection of American art includes works by Thomas Cole, Grant Wood, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
Northeastern University Library in Boston, Massachusetts, will receive a $500,000 challenge grant to expand the library’s digital scholarship infrastructure to include a new generation of research and digital history projects that emphasize large-scale data analysis and data modeling of historical and cultural sources. The initiative will focus on five pilot projects relating to early Caribbean literature, Jesuit missions in North America, indigenous American Indian languages, population flow and identity in the United States, and Boston-related data and archival materials.
Cincinnati Art Museum will receive a $500,000 challenge grant to support reinstallation of the museum’s Ancient Near Eastern gallery as well as the cleaning, conservation, and remounting of up to 1,000 pieces of Nabataean sculpture and decorated architecture—the largest collection of material of its kind outside of Jordan.
NEH offered a second grant competition for Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grants in 2018. Grant awards for those applications will be announced in April 2019.
National Endowment for the Humanities: Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
Since 2009 the HooDoo's have been performing their brand of New Orleans inspired original music and NOLA classics at concert halls, festivals and clubs across the North East. With two gospel church inspired lead singers and a slammin' horn section the HooDoo's aim is to bring the party to all of their shows. Band members include leader JOE LAURO - string bass, Dawnette Darden & Marvin Joshua vocals, Michael Schiano vocal/guitar, David Deitch keys/arranger, and Dave Giacone on drums. Their second CD of original material LOUISIANA LULLABY will be released later this summer and the band is enjoying a full slate of summer concerts from Brooklyn to Montauk.
This event is FREE and open to the public!
Funding for this event is sponsored by Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming through the Omnibus grant from the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation And Conservation.
An Exhibit of works by Vija Celmins, Ann Chwatsky, April Gornik and John Torreano
Opening Reception Friday, August 17th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Exhibit runs through September 16th, 10:00am to 5:00pm
The sky is a vast storybook open above us, but it doesn’t tell the same stories to everyone. For thousands of years, people have looked up and taken from the sky tales that explained some of the amazing things they saw or imagined were there. Through the ancient stories, we learn something about the human mind and with it, something about ourselves. And today, with satellites, probes and moon walks we know so much more. We are all aware of the sky and its unique qualities particular to this area as it reflects the various bodies of water and of its land surfaces.
Artists have long been fascinated by the sky and its solar systems and portrayed their versions of what they “see”. The artists for this exhibit “see” and express very different views of the Universe and its systems that we live with, with the feelings that are there, and with what the universe portends and it feels like to them. Each of these four artists has looked at these concepts in varied ways which we hope will give rein to everyone’s imagination.
Sandi Brewster-walker, Chair & Executive Director of the Long Island Indigenous People Museum & Research Institute, will give a talk about the people of color whaling captains, and crew on all sides of the Long Island Sound. She will highlight the genealogies and experiences of the local men of color, who hunted the whale during the peak years (1840-1860) of the industry. The type of whaling vessels, journey, destinations, ship wrecks, and desertions will be discussed.
Sandi will talk about her experience researching ship records, logbooks, crew list, seaport custom house records, US Federal Census, newspaper archives, Seaman Protection Certificates, family papers, and more.
Brewster-walker is an independent historian, genealogist, freelance writer and business owner. She has served in President William Jefferson Clinton’s Administration as Deputy Director of the Office of Communications, United States Department of Agriculture.
As a columnist, her writings are found in the Amityville Record, Babylon Beacon, and Massapequa Post weekly newspapers, as well as articles in LI Boating World, Sound Boating World, and Hudson Boating World monthly newspapers. Recently, she became a winner of the Press Club of Long Island’s 2017 Media Award – 3rd Place for Narrative: Column.