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CANtv is place for us to highlight some of the new and interesting community-arts related videos we learn about on the Internet.

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April 27, 2010

Jana Napoli's "Floodwall"
Linda Frye Burnham / 12:05 PM

This is a remarkable interview with artist Jana Napoli (founder of YA/YA Inc.) about her traveling installation "Floodwall," 710 drawers from desks, dressers, kitchen cabinets and bureaus that she scavenged from the wreckage left by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, 2005. From the "Floodwall" website: "Napoli constructs her installation in three ways. When it stands as a wall, 8 feet tall and stretching as much as 192 feet, Floodwall is a monument of immeasurable loss; when it lies in serried array on the floor like tombstones in a cemetery, it is a memorial, a sentinel of the past; and when it is configured as a room that envelops the spectator in close intimacy, it has the unutterable loneliness of deep mourning. At all times, this is Napoli’s floodwall against the erasure of the ordinary people and the everyday rhythms of life from which great cities are formed." (Thanks, Inside Stories.)

Here she talks about how the project helped her heal after the flood.

"Floodwall" website


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March 30, 2010

Touchstone's Young Playwrights Festival
Steven Durland / 09:34 AM

A short documentary about Touchstone Theatre's annual Young Playwrights' Festival, which showcases the writing talents of Lehigh Valley elementary- and middle-school students by staging their one-act plays. Touchstone is based in Bethlehem, Pa. This years festival and gala is set for March 1, 2010, at Zoellner Arts Center.



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March 29, 2010

Music Sculpture at FIGMENT
Linda Frye Burnham / 04:03 PM

FIGMENT 2010 is coming up in June in New York City and Boston (see APInews). Here's a nice little video of the community enjoying a music sculpture at FIGMENT 2009 (artist not identified).


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March 25, 2010

800 Georgia Kids Protest School Music Cuts
Steven Durland / 02:17 PM

Eight hundred student musicians marched into the school gym in Alpharetta, Ga., Monday night, carrying their instruments. They were there to perform together in protest against cuts in the Fulton County school music budget, says Eve Chen on 11alive.com. "Fulton County School Board members voted 6 to 1 Thursday to cut the $4 million a year elementary school band and orchestra programs because of the projected, $120 million shortfall in next school year's system-wide budget. That cut directly impacts 8,000 students, including the more-than 300 4th and 5th Graders performing with the older students Monday night. The 7:00 p.m. cluster concert featured orchestras from New Prospect Elementary, Lake Windward Elementary, Creekview Elementary, Manning Oaks Elementary, Hopewell Middle, Webb Bridge Middle and Alpharetta High." The story is here. (Thanks, ArtsWatch.)


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March 24, 2010

A Look at the first 20 years of Cornerstone Theater Company
Linda Frye Burnham / 01:14 PM


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March 23, 2010

MondoBizarro & M.U.G.A.B.E.E: Race Peace
Linda Frye Burnham / 11:18 AM

Southeastern U.S. artist companies MondoBizarro (New Orleans) and M.U.G.A.B.E.E (Mississippi) will lead a workshop at Performance West in April, based in their collaborative project "Race Peace." About it they say: "We attempt to reach back to the beginning—to the point where racial stereotypes first take root—through an innovative blend of multi-disciplinary performance techniques and town-hall style meetings. We believe that by peeling back our histories to arrive at those formative moments, we can create a space for intervention, a space for performance to step in and help participants to actively pursue solutions."

Here's a workshop video:

RACE PEACE - Workshop Promo from Bruce France on Vimeo.

Performance West, at Cal State Northridge, April 8-11, 2010, is "a resurgence of the long-standing performance festival held at San Francisco State University." It supports performance work dedicated to cultivating social justice that "interrogates, narrates, critiques and offers visions and strategies for social change within an unjust world." Find it on Wordpress.


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March 16, 2010

Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective in NOLA
Linda Frye Burnham / 11:03 AM

This is a truly moving 2007 video about conditions for children in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was made by Indigenous Pitch Dance Collective, a group of ethnically diverse dance companies in Philadelphia that has been conducting summer dance camps for NOLA kids every summer since 2006. They also have camps in Philadelphia and, in 2010 they hope, in Haiti.


 
 


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