Lackawanna County awards $153,500 in arts and culture grants

Jul. 23—More than two dozen local artists and organizations will share $153,500 in funding through grants approved this week by the Lackawanna County commissioners.

With COVID-19 canceling or postponing many events over the past year, the Lackawanna County Arts and Culture COVID-19 Creative Community grants will help fill the gap as the county emerges from the pandemic, said Maureen McGuigan, director of arts and culture.

“It’s basically to do something nice for the community and to help our organizations and artists,” she said. “A lot of the groups and artists we fund are struggling.”

The commissioners unanimously approved the 27

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Covid created new opportunities, lasting change in arts and culture (Guest Opinion by Travis Newton)

Travis Newton is associate professor and director of Arts Administration at Le Moyne College, in Syracuse.

Covid-19 has altered our landscape forever, with deaths recently topping 600,000 in the United States. Millions have been sickened, lives have been upended, and the virus has expanded societal gaps that were too large to begin with. Whether instigated by Covid-19, the shifting priorities of funders or their own recognition of the need to address inequities, arts leaders are listening to their communities. Many recognize that it’s no longer enough for arts organizations to be good — they must also do good.

At a

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Five Best: Books on Art and Culture in Occupied Paris

And the Show Went On

By Alan Riding (2010)

1. Even as the Nazis invaded France in 1940, the cabarets and music halls of Paris carried on, its singers and dancers confident that France’s army would prevail. But the Nazis entered Paris without firing a shot and occupied France for the next four years. Alan Riding provides vivid portraits of French entertainers engaged in delicate negotiations with their occupiers. The Nazi leadership devoted significant resources to the beating heart of Paris—a culture they celebrated, reviled, envied, embraced and outlawed all at once. “The Germans were not unlike today’s tourists,” Mr.

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Public art represents voice, spirit, culture of communities (Editorial)

Public art brings momentum and vitality to a community.

From murals on buildings to seasonal ice sculptures, from to war memorials to displays of art in parks and other open spaces, public art can help define a community as one which cares not only about its citizenry but also the visitors who come and go.

Think about the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Quadrangle and what it means to the countless visitors young and old alike who admire the artwork, but who also play among its pieces and think about the value of reading and literacy.

Think

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El Paso ‘Chuco Pop’ artist Juan Ornelas highlights border culture

El Paso artist Juan Ornelas’ paintings highlight the unique beauty and harsh truths of the Borderland.

He calls his blend of pop art and border culture “Chuco Pop.” 

“Pop art to me is everything,” Ornelas said. “I’ve always been a Warhol fan, and pop art really speaks to me and you can express a lot of emotion and portray a lot because people understand pop art and artwork. And it’s just the easiest way to get a message across.”

The 37-year-old’s work will be on exhibit at Galeria Lincoln, 3915 Rosa Ave., through the end of July.

He said that

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Wolverhampton joins race to become UK City of Culture in 2025

Wolverhampton City Council has confirmed that it will bid to be named as the UK City of Culture in 2025.

City Council leader Ian Brookfield said the city had a strong case to make because of its existing cultural assets and bold plans to become an “events city” with a growing international profile.

A formal expression of interest has been sent to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by the local authority, setting out details of the bid’s four themes, including efforts to boost the music, creative and digital sectors.

The City Council is leading the bid, which

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