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Mele Murals

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MELE MURALS is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancient Hawaiian culture for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the center of the story are two renowned street artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea
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Democracy and the Arts in Europe: The Arts and The Public | Rich Mix

Democracy and the Arts in Europe: The Arts and The Public | Rich Mix | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
A panel discussion to explore the role of the arts in public debate about the future of Britain in Europe.
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Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Now's the Time | AGO Art Gallery of Ontario | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
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Basquiat exhibit at the AGO, Toronto (Feb-May, 2015)....confronting issues of racism, identity and social justice.

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About crying and laughing

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Some important questions to consider from this blog:

 

Are artists standing above?

In an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung from 23 January, Andreas Zielcke asks “Was soll Satire? Was soll sie?“. He questions the demand for unlimited liberality, specifically in the arts.  He thereby refers to artistic autonomy which declares the absolute freedom of imagination and the (verbal) expression as an imperative necessity. According to authors such as Salman Rushdie it should even be the duty of artists to radically and subversively undermine power and authority. This would help to bring power to the truth. But shouldn’t this production of truth also be able to be questioned since it runs danger to leave the author/artist unassailable? As free as the author/artist should be in undermining the powerful, shouldn’t he also be accountable and liable for his words and pictures?

 

 

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'What Rhymes With Islamic State?' Militants Express Ideology Through Poetry - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

'What Rhymes With Islamic State?' Militants Express Ideology Through Poetry - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
When Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote that poetry was an "act of peace," he presumably did not envisage that the art form would one day be taken up by violent Islamist extremists.
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Within the conception of a robust global democracy, my key argument is that it is not merely the creation of the art form, but the opportunity to critically engage with artist and the audience/greater pubic around issues of power, oppression, marginalization.  Poetry provides another way to express understanding and to transmit messages....however, these messages must continue to be interrogated in relation to their contribute to a more socially just and inclusive global commons. Leaving the messages uninterrogated in this case would continue to support a one-way delivery of messages of hatred and violence. 

 

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U.Va. drama production “Confesses” more questions than answers - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

U.Va. drama production “Confesses” more questions than answers - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
UVA's premier student-operated independent news organization and Charlottesville's oldest daily newspaper.
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Northern Mali's music ban sends its musicians into exile

 

http://music.cbc.ca/#/blogs/2012/12/Northern-Malis-music-ban-sends-its-musicians-into-exile

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The Toronto Quarterly: Franke James ‘Banned on the Hill’ | Franke James

The Toronto Quarterly: Franke James ‘Banned on the Hill’ | Franke James | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
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When asked about why she chooses to fight government for a greener environment by combining your artwork and political activism?activism?
Franke James – Art and political activism are the perfect combo – there is a long history of art being used to inspire social change for a wide range of causes: women’s right to vote, anti-war demonstrations, Earth Day, etc. Artists are natural communicators for causes because we have the freedom to weave facts, opinions, thoughts, emotion and color all together. We can instill passion and motivate change. In this time of social media and the internet, artists have tremendous power to sway opinions – which is why some governments can be afraid of us. With the click of a button, our voice can be amplified and reach millions around the world.
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100 Thousand Poets for Change; 100 Thousand Musicians for Change

100 Thousand Poets for Change; 100 Thousand Musicians for Change | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it

Check out your own country to see what events have been scheduled or to post own of your own.....global arts for social transformation!

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Art Is In Coffee serves up a side of social justice with focus on direct ...

You may not have social justice and creating fairer global economies on the brain as you guzzle down your morning cup of coffee — but Oakland residents Sara Hoda and Lazzuly Mello sure do. In May, Hoda and Mello ...
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One Young World | Where young leaders start leading.

One Young World | Where young leaders start leading. | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it

Poems, drama, dance and mashairi (Swahili poems) to effect social change.

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Slam poet takes the stage at Bovard - Daily Trojan Online

Daily Trojan OnlineSlam poet takes the stage at BovardDaily Trojan Online“I'm a poet, an artist, a mentor, a performer — all of the above,” Johnson said. “I can connect with young people, I can relate to them and inspire them.
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How museum curators deal with the issue of race

How museum curators deal with the issue of race | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
At the Humanities Fest, three museum directors and curators discuss how to navigate a changing culture.
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World's only Tiananmen museum returns to Hong Kong

World's only Tiananmen museum returns to Hong Kong | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
The world's first museum dedicated to China's Tiananmen Square crackdown will once again open its doors in Hong Kong after a months-long closure as th
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Youssou N'Dour, Talib Kweli and Andrew Bird Set for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Youssou N'Dour, Talib Kweli and Andrew Bird Set for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
A summer festival season is not typically announced with an expression of political resistance. But for the richly diverse BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the phrase heard was fitting in the current political climate.
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Animating Democracy February E-News

Animating Democracy February E-News | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
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This month's special focus in "Animating Democracy' is on Creative Communities.  Check out the Chester, PA Cultural Corridor project and the affordable housing project for artists in New York City, Minneapolis and Nashville!

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Filmmaking as a tool for social change | Devex

Filmmaking as a tool for social change | Devex | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
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Using film and storytelling to narrate stories as a “a means for moving people to new ways of acting and thinking about the world.”

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How Do You Merge Activism with Documentary Art?

How Do You Merge Activism with Documentary Art? | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
As the recipients of the 2014 Audience Engagement Grants demonstrate, photographers can take on multiple and often simultaneous roles—artists, activists, advocates, and community organizers, to name just a few.
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ArtMatters.Info » Censored Artists set to Perform at Zanzibar’s 10th Sauti za Busara Music Festival

ArtMatters.Info » Censored Artists set to Perform at Zanzibar’s 10th Sauti za Busara Music Festival | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
Nairobi-based journalistic review and reporting of the arts, entertainment, heritage, culture,business, religion, politics in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, Africa, African Diaspora and good practice globally.
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Giving an opportunity for musicians and artists, who have been censored in their own countries, to spread their messages of both peace and resistance.

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Mali's musicians defiant in face of music ban - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News

Mali's musicians defiant in face of music ban - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
Musicians in Mali are defying militants in the North who have declared Shariah law and banned all music but the Islamic call to prayer.
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As radical Ismalist militants take control of the northern part of Mali, musicians have taken up a form of democratic resistance through their music, their voices and their performances.  40 musicians gathered in the capital of Mali to record a song for Peace...and the "Festival in the Desert" (which U2s Bono played at last year) is being held in Burkina Faso this year because it is "too dangerous" to hold it in Mali.

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Bill C-10 and Art Censorship in Canada | The Vault Magazine

Bill C-10 and Art Censorship in Canada | The Vault Magazine | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it

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“Art without free speech is simply propaganda.” [BC Civil Liberties Assn. President Rob Holmes]
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Civil War events feature minstrel song revival - Fox News

Civil War events feature minstrel song revival - Fox News | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it
Civil War events feature minstrel song revivalFox NewsThe aim of these musical re-enactors is to accurately recreate music that soldiers from both the North and South enjoyed around battlefield campfires at Gettysburg, Antietam and Bull Run.
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allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Drama Reflects Their Own Problems

allAfrica.com: Tanzania: Drama Reflects Their Own Problems | Arts & Democracy | Scoop.it

Social scientist, Hida Mushi responds to use of drama to address social issues in Tanzania.  Recommendations that these plays also include positive role models and that there is opportunity for audience interaction and dialogue about the issues.

 

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performingartsworkshop's photo on Instagram (RT! @PerformingArtsW: Friday afternoon critical thinking exercise: how can you use art for social justice?
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