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Waco art community sees increased interest in arts due to pandemic

WACO, TX — The arts were just one of many industries that had to get creative during the pandemic, but some of those changes might actually stick.

One local artist, Allie Menchaca is a Waco native and is a local tattoo artist and muralist.

“I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon in my hand,” Allie Menchaca said.

And Menchaca’s main goal is to create.

“I go with the flow, opportunity finds me, I don’t know how but it does,” Menchaca said.

But, she is just one of many artists who were impacted by the pandemic.

“We saw

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Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts finally looks like an arts center

If you’ve walked around Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts lately, you might notice that the building looks a bit different – brighter, more colorful – than it did before. Murals and other art pieces have begun to pop up all over the building, and CEO Alan Mothner wants to see that trend continue. 

 “We worked out of a 1960s old school,” Mothner said about the center at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. “[It] was a beige, stucco building that just screamed, ‘I’m a municipal building.’ And had no bearing at all on being an art center.” 

Spruill needed an evolution, needed

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Fifteen design and fashion projects by students at Vilnius Academy of Arts

“The formation of the immediate environment along with the material environment has been partly driven by our fear or desire to feel safe. It is our physical, material environment around us that helps to actively and passively preserve our identity. Our bodies are the direct bearers of our identity.

“The identity addressed in the research interacts with the physical protection of one’s data and the neurotic desire of an individual to preserve the identity, even though there is no real threat to it. Today our face has more authority than ever before.

“By protecting the face, we are protecting the

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Dubuquefest, Iowa’s oldest arts festival, returns after one-year break

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Dubuquefest is back after canceling last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s Iowa’s longest-running arts festival, with this being its 42nd event. The festival usually serves more than 60 artists, but the event has been scaled back this year with only 30 artists participating. People are able to listen to live music and take part in other activities including live music, food, and chalk art for children.

Ali Levasseur, director of the Dubuquefest and president of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, said this event is what helps the community connect more.

“I think

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Roswell Arts Fund inaugurates summer jazz festival

In addition to making sure residents have access to good music nearby, Hitch said there’s a significant argument for arts as an economic driver. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and culture-related employment and events contribute around 4{ccba7a2b95b607a22ddf747fd2dfd32aff224073631da9265f095c812cbfd265} to the state’s GDP. The RAF would like to keep that number trending up. The festival kicks off in a space tagged for redevelopment into a mixed-used complex. When complete, the development will include a dedicated arts performance space. This partnership with local businesses and developers echoes the group’s commitment to growing the city’s economy through arts and culture.

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‘The father of Chicanx photography’ to be celebrated in new Tucson exhibition | Arts and Theater





Photographer and teacher Louis Carlos Bernal in his office at Pima Community College in April 1980. “My images speak of the religious and family ties I have experienced as a Chicano,” Bernal said.




Nine-year-old Lisa Bernal Brethour accompanied her father, Louis Carlos Bernal, as he knocked on strangers’ doors in Douglas in the late 1970s.

They were often invited in. Bernal was quite charismatic and charming, she says.

The late photographer would emerge with captivating, revealing, deeply personal environmental portraits of everyday life in the barrio. Brethour

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