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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tony Luna Creative Update- 03-09-11

New in this Update:
- Notice that registration for the Summer session at Art Center at Night begins April 11. Get ready to sign up for "Crafting a Meaning Career-Parts One, Two, or Three";
- An uplifting testimonial from a former member of our class, Ellen Perry, who is now working on content for inspirational movies;
- A photographer preparing for a marathon run in Alaska is requesting donations for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society marathon event;
- Notice that artist Jill Hundensky is going to be showing her artwork at the Santa Monica Airport Artwalk, March 19;
- Announcing even more job opportunities at the College of Architecture, Art and Design, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates;
- New job opportunities at the Art Center College of Design;
- Notice that the new website for The Soho (Sisters Offering Hope to Others) Project is up;
- An urgent request from the Americans for the Arts Action Fund;
- A call to action from the Copyright Alliance...
- And congratulations to Photographer/Cinematographer Douglas Kirkland honored as the first still photographer to receive the coveted American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award! Douglas was one of the veteran photographers interviewed in "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" by Tony Luna, Allworth Press.


- Registration for the Summer session at Art Center at Night begins April 11, with classes beginning May 16 and running until August 19.
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part One, Discovering the Dream" will run from Tuesday, May 17 to Tuesday, August 16.
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Two, Forming the Dream" will start Thursday, May 19 and run for six weeks to Thursday, June 23.
"Crafting a Meaningful Career-Part Three, Fulfilling the Dream" begins Thursday, July 7 for six weeks and ends Thursday, August 18.
For more information about these, and other Art Center at Night classes, you may call 626-396-2319, or you may go to their web site at
And you can always call me, Tony Luna, directly about the substance of the "Crafting a Meaningful Career" courses at 818-842-5490.


- From Ellen Perry- Graphic Artist and Producer of inspirational content at
"Tony! We just released a new short film at Spiritlclips. Last month we had our best month ever!! We got Hallmark on our site and are getting more inspirational content. I NEVER would be doing this if I hadn't taken your amazing classes. Now I'm not commuting 4 hrs a day... Please let everyone know one of your students is working for a BIG Hollywood producer :) ha ha, which knowing me, is really hilarious...I want everyone to know how great you are...I never thought I would work in Hollywood but opportunities can come from unexpected places and it's good to be prepared. The only reason I'm working at Spiritclips is because we do inspirational content. That was my main objective in your class, remember? To do something meaningful. I like that my work is now tied to inspiration in general and is not specific... one subject. Also, most of my team is young adults. So that fits great w/ what you said about me teaching. I don't want to teach in (a) school but I love working with these younger folks and learning so much from them too. My next project is building (an) iPad (TM) app for our site. I'm having so much fun.

Many times a week I think about things I learned in your class and it really helps me. I learned from you how to explain myself to others and understand them better as well. This was from the chart you use showing the skills and talents in 4 quadrants.

Smiles, keep smiling,
SpiritClips is a collection of Academy Award-caliber short films and video ecards designed to warm your soul and lift your spirit.
New Release: Ben Comen, based on the true story of a young athlete who never gives up. Join as a premium member and watch it today.
View on Demand: From Hallmark Hall of Fame, the new hit film, The Lost Valentine, starring Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.
Films for Professionals: Business leaders, teachers, pastors, and public speakers can license SpiritClips as Motivation/Training Films, Meeting Openers, Classroom Films, and Sermon Aids.


- From Andrea Bircco, Photographer

"Hello there, It's about that time again. I just signed up to run the Mayor’s Marathon, which is taking place in Alaska on June 18th. I signed up to run this marathon with Team in Training. They will help me train while I raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Up until a few days ago, I thought I could only run about 3 miles before I would start to feel pretty annoyed and would want to stop running and grab a cheeseburger.
Well last Saturday was my first practice. I ran/walked 6 miles! (ran 3 minutes, walked 1 minute, and so on...) Some people might say that 6 miles is pretty good but there will still be another 20 miles behind that 6 so I have a lot to do. However, that’s the great thing about having already done a TNT event… I know it’s going to get easier. I know the coaches will be there to help and our honored teammates will be there to inspire. It’s tough to say “I can’t run a marathon” when I see people who are dealing with cancer doing it. It might feel like an overwhelming or crazy idea but I know it can be done. Lots of people run marathons each year. I might as well go ahead and add myself to that list…that list of doable things.

I have already raised 24% of my goal of $2,950 and more is on the way. With your help I know I can reach my goal. Amazing strides have been made over the years and the money that TNT brings to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has literally saved lives. Our team goal is $215,000. You can quickly see how season after season this money adds up and makes life-saving changes.

You can donate here. Every donation is 100% tax deductible. No amount is too big or too small.

Keep your eyes peeled for updates, progress made and goals met. Thank you as always for all of your love and support.


-The soon to be smiley marathon runner

P.S. I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to as many people as you can to encourage them to donate as well. Thanks again."


- From Jill Hundensky, Fine Artist- "Hi...Work is coming along great - in another show and going to be part of the Santa Monica ArtWalk March 19th... Also, the designer actually used my work IN the flyer to promote the walk, so all good things happening over here.
- Jill"


From Peter Di Sabatio, Dean, College of Architecture and Design, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

"Dear all, Please excuse the mass mailing, and possible redundancy, but I would like to share the new faculty and staff positions at the College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) with you.

There continue to be incredible advances at the college and university, and my expectations continue to be exceed. We have just completed a major renovation, with the inclusion of a significant Material and Digital Fabrication Lab. This lab alone, places the facilities of the college as the lead institution in the region and amongst the leading institutions globally. We are also adding relevant and robust degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including Product design, BFA, MFA, MArch, and MDes (Master in Design). Please consider these positions, and please pass onto your networks. The full listing is also available at

Thank you very much, and I hope to see you soon,



Peter Di Sabatino
College of Architecture, Art and Design


American University of Sharjah
PO Box 26666, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates
Tel +971 6 515 2868


The College of Architecture, Art and Design (CAAD) at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for full-time teaching positions in the Department of Architecture. The initial contract will be for a three-year duration with an attractive salary and benefit package that includes housing, and places the candidate on the equivalent of a tenure-track position which translate to a full-time, four-year rolling contract at AUS.

All Architecture and Design Degree Programs at the College of Architecture, Art and Design are accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (USA) and are licensed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The Bachelor of Architecture program is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), and is the first and only program to receive this designation outside North America. The Interior Design Program may advance towards Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and accreditation experience is desirable.

At a minimum, a Master’s degree in Architecture / Interior Design is required as well as significant academic and professional experience. Licensure in the field is desirable when applicable and available. Interest and experience in interdisciplinary design education and global practice are highly desirable. A thorough knowledge of design history, theory and practice, combined with digital skills and visual literacy, a record of professional practice, and outstanding communication skills are required.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate evidence of excellence (or the potential of, if at the level of Assistant Professor) in teaching, scholarly work and professional practice. The candidate will be expected to teach core curriculum and elective studios/classes, mentor students through an established advising process, engage in scholarship and research, and participate in service activities for the school, university and community.

Architecture | Department of Architecture:
Associate | Full Professor - Director of Graduate Studies (**same position / different possible entry points)
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor (Multiple faculty Positions):
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - Architecture: Design Studio + Other Concentration
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - Interior Design: Design Studio + Other Concentration
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - History + Theory + Criticism

Design | Department of Design:
Associate | Full Professor - Head of Department
Associate | Full Professor - Director of Graduate Studies (**same position / different possible entry points)
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor (Multiple Faculty Positions):
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - Product Design
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - Design Management
Assistant | Associate | Full Professor - History + Theory + Criticism

College of Architecture, Art and Design | American University of Sharjah
Associate | Full Professor - Associate Dean
Associate | Full Professor - Director of Graduate Studies (**same position / different possible entry points)
CAAD Labs | Lab Director
CAAD Labs | Lab Instructor

For All Positions:

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) is a leading comprehensive coeducational university in the Gulf, serving students from the United Arab Emirates, neighboring countries in the region, and around the world. In addition to the College of Architecture, Art and Design, the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, and School of Business and Management are the constituent academic units of the University. AUS is fully committed to equal opportunity at all levels without discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, family status, or national origin. Website:

The College of Architecture, Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah currently has five undergraduate programs leading to degrees in Architecture, Interior Design, Visual Communication, Multimedia Design, and Design Management, plus a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning; additional minors and majors are being planned at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The curriculum is based on the North American model with liberal arts and sciences integrated to professional education. All undergraduate students begin their first year studies in the College’s highly effective Foundation Program. All courses are taught in English.

Interested applicants should send a Letter of Interest outlining areas of teaching, practice, research/scholarship, and service. A Curriculum Vitae, contact information for three references, a digital portfolio of professional work and examples of student work must be submitted in confidence to the email addresses above. Application material must be packaged in a single PDF file clearly labeled with the applicant’s name. Incomplete applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; preference may be given to applicants who have academic experience with the North-American model of studio-based design education.

Salary is commensurate with qualification and experience, and an attractive benefit package with housing is included. The successful candidates are expected to assume duties in early September 2011, or before. The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. The positions, subject to change and funding, will remain open until filled, however full consideration will be assured to applicants submitting prior to March 1, 2011.



- From Anna Berkal, Generalist, Human Resources Department, Art Center College of Design

We are currently recruiting for the following full-time positions:
· Director of Facilities
· Director of Prospect Management and Research

Anna Berkel
Generalist, Human Resources
Art Center College of Design
Tel 626.396.2270 | Fax 626.683.0559

For more information about these positions, please contact Human Resources or see details online at


- From Kimberly Scheel- Co-Founder of The Soho Project

"Hi! I also wanted to let you know our website is up. It is still under construction but at least we have something up.
The Soho Project, (Sisters Offering Hope to Others) founded in New York City, is an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for nonprofits by offering new and creative platforms that integrate artists. Founders—and sisters—Lindsay Scheel and Kimberly Scheel noticed a lack of opportunity for artists to give back to their community. We decided to pool our talents and resources (and coasts—Lindsay in New York City and Kimberly in Los Angeles) to form a place where artists can use their creative gifts to give back. We called upon inspiration from the New York City neighborhood known for its burgeoning artist scene. Soho Project was born.

Our Projects Auctions: Each month Soho Project will partner with a different nonprofit organization. We feature one-of-a-kind luxury items and celebrity experiences that are auctioned online through eBay’s website. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit the nonprofit we feature for that month. Along with the auction, we will publish a feature story on our website to raise awareness for the cause. Additional auction services include:

The Photography Project: Soho Project is dedicated to preserving the memory of loved ones. We have partnered with professional photographers, photography teachers, students from Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles to take pictures of families of the terminally ill. Celebrity makeup artists and stylists will be on location for each photo shoot to provide makeovers for the patient. Friends and family members of the patient will be able to sponsor the photo session through our website. The proceeds of the photo session will be donated to an organization dedicated to finding a cure for their illness.



- From Americans for the Arts, and American for the Arts Action Fund
March 3, 2011
Dear Arts Advocate:

Yesterday, as the federal government raced to avoid a potential shutdown, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed a stop-gap funding measure for FY 2011 to keep the government operational for another two weeks, while they work on a final appropriations bill for the rest of FY 2011. This legislation makes $4 billion in domestic spending cuts, including a number of federal education programs. Among the programs terminated in this legislation is the $40 million Arts in Education program (AIE) through the U.S. Department of Education which supports model arts education programs and funds VSA and the Kennedy Center arts education program as well.

This termination of the Arts in Education program is alarming, and all the more so because of the drastic cuts the National Endowment for the Arts underwent a few weeks earlier that would reduce its budget by 26%, the largest cut in 16 years!

We need to let Congress know that these cuts and terminations are unacceptable, and they should restore them in the next phase of FY 2011 funding legislation which Congress will attempt to finalize within these next two weeks. Use our customizable E-Advocacy Center message (below) to contact your members of Congress now and let them know that the arts and arts education funding is a priority for you!

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today -- it's free and simple.


- From the Copyright Alliance- Urgent Notice: Respond by Monday, March 11.
"Dear Copyright Advocates:


You may have heard that the U.S. Copyright Office is in the process of hiring a new Register of Copyrights. The former Register of Copyrights, Marybeth Peters, retired in December, and Maria Pallante has been appointed to be the Acting Register of Copyrights during the search process.

The Copyright Alliance has been engaging in many discussions with Maria about the important role that the Copyright Office plays in our society, and how all creators rely on the Copyright Office to be a strong advocate for artists' rights. We have also encouraged the Office to select a candidate that has an appreciation of the history of copyright, a deep understanding of copyright law and strong commitment to the principles of copyright enacted by Congress and interpreted by Courts.

Maria Pallante is giving us a unique opportunity to provide the Copyright Office with thoughts from artists about the important role of copyright and the Copyright Office in our society.

I will be compiling all of your thoughts and input into one document and passing it on to Maria. So, please send me ( your thoughts by Monday, March 14, 2011.

I know you all are so busy, but a sentence or two (or more) from you would be most helpful. So, if you feel so inclined, please follow these simple steps:
Jot down your ideas. You may want to comment on:
The importance of copyright in your life;
That it is important for the Copyright Office to hire someone who is willing to understand and advocate for the creative community.
Remind the Copyright Office that the viewpoints and actions of pro-piracy groups affect creation, innovation, and the economy. Tell the Office that you disagree with these groups who:
Seem to represent illegal down loaders;
Advocate that all artists should give their works away for free (and find another way to make money);
Oppose practical piracy solutions from the creative community;
Insist that consumers' opinions on artists' rights are more important than creators' perspectives on artists' rights.
Also include your name, type of artist/creator, city, state, and your email address or other contact information -- if it's okay for the Copyright Office to contact you directly should it so desire.
Email your thoughts to me, Lucinda, at
Meet the deadline of Monday, March 14, 2011.
Thanks for taking a moment to weigh in on this important issue. You all are so helpful in advancing the voice of the entire creative community. Please feel free to spread the word of this request.


Lucinda Dugger
Director of Outreach



- From the American Society of Cinematographers- Douglas Kirkland Wins ASC’s President’s Award (Editors note: Douglas was one of the veteran photographers interviewed in "How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career" by Tony Luna, Allworth Press.)

February 13, 2011 at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom, Douglas Kirkland was honored as the first still photographer to receive the coveted American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award. Kirkland, winner of the first Lucie Award for photography, also holds a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Operating Cameramen.

During an inspiring and successful career that spans almost 60 years, Kirkland has worked on over 150 films, including: Out of Africa, The Sound of Music, Titanic, Saturday Night Fever, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Australia. Several bestselling books of Kirkland’s celebrity portraits have been published among which James Cameron’s Titanic has sold more than a million copies in the United States alone.

Kirkland’s impeccable eye and great imagination have won him photography sessions with innumerable celebrities including Coco Chanel, Marilyn Monroe, Angelina Jolie, Mick Jagger, Morgan Freeman, Orson Welles, and Jacques Henri Lartigue. His fine arts photography has been exhibited worldwide and is found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian, the National Portrait Galleries in Australia and London, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, and the Eastman House in Rochester, New York.

Douglas describes himself as a still photographer with a heart for cinematography and for “finding a way”. His colleagues describe him as a visual artist with a heart filled with honesty, professionalism and integrity. (The) Maine Media Workshops has a heart for Douglas Kirkland, Canon Explorer of Light and instructor of this summer’s Master Class with Douglas Kirkland, July 24 30.


That's it for now.

Keep sending in your informative and motivating emails. I may have to edit them in the interest of space but I will do my best to keep their integrity. Emails and notices are usually posted in the order they are received. Tony Luna Creative-Updates are produced approximately twice a month so please provide enough lead time when submitting emails so they can be posted in a timely fashion.

Keep creating wonderful art and, as always, stay in touch!


Tony Luna Creative
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Burbank, CA 91501
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