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The following are the headlines of this month’s emails sent in by our friends who are creating and evolving their own meaningful careers. Be inspired by their accomplishments and take your career to the next level!
- Marina Diaz is in need of our help as she has recently lost her house and her studio. Please visit her GoFundMe account and help one of our fellow artists in her time of need…
- Michael Salvatore Tierney brings us up to date on his latest accomplishments including five images from the series on exhibit at the University at Buffalo New York in a group show, and one image from the series on display at the Torrance Art Museum, in the upcoming exhibition South Bay Focus, which opened November 19th…
- Natalia Sanchez sent us information and five photos updating her recent work in the Sahara Desert to help the people of that region, Merzouga, Morroco…
- ArtCenter College of Design is requesting that we donate art and design books by Friday, December 16, to the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, in Nepal. This work was started by ArtCenter Photography student, Letian Zhou, who “recognized the need to make time for service learning opportunities outside the classroom”…
- Jennifer Julian alerts us that The National Endowment for the Humanities- NEH Media Production Grants deadline for submissions is January 3. Those interested in being considered for film grants in Feature Films, Television, and Documentaries are encouraged to click on the links and find out more…
- Barbara Dumetz informs us that, “Mine and my Grandfather's photograph's are used as the family photo props on the set of ‘Almost Christmas’! This holiday and family oriented comedy is currently running in theaters. Have some fun and look for her family photos while enjoying the film!…
- Registration for classes at the ArtCenter College of Design begin Monday, November 2.
Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and run through April 22.
- Velvette Delaney, MFA Candidate-Ohio State University is interested in your feedback on Environmental Sustainability. This research is part of an MFA thesis project to help assess whether or not a digital tool would be useful to determine the environmental impact of design decisions.
Time frame from Wednesday, November 23rd. to Friday, December 9th.
Go here to fill out the survey: goo.gl/PKJFUE
Those were the headlines, now here are the extended inspirational stories of the accomplishments of our creative community members:
This is a very important Editor’s note:
Please help Marina who is a very strong and important member of our creative community who needs our support by giving to her GoFundMe account!
- Marina Diaz, Mom and Portrait Artist-
“Hi there world! Artist mom needs help…
My name is Marina, I am a mom and a portrait artist. I had a lot of fun in the 80's working in graphic design and dancing the night away. Then I hunkered down in the early 90's to study advertising and fine art at an amazing and challenging art school, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Some of you may have heard about it. It was there that I uncovered the ability to draw and paint portraits. In the later 90’s I had 3 kids and was a stay at home mom. I also able to work in schools as an art teacher and as an art docent. Being home also gave me the opportunity to continue working in my studio on portraiture.
I lost my house and art studio…, of all things to happen to me!
I lost my studio and my house on Monday November 14, 2016, yes, the other day... The short version is that my house was the victim of some sad life circumstances… Once it started, I was powerless to stop it, although I tried.
Yes, losing my house and my studio saddens me, but I can’t let it stop or devastate me. I don't think I need to throw in the towel and give up, as creative as I am, I am also a tenacious and optimistic woman. I believe that now is the place and time for my portraiture and that there is a place for me to live and work.”
Marina’s GoFundMe account is: https://www.gofundme.com/h1p2oo
- Michael Salvatore Tierney, Fine Art Photographer- “Hi Tony, Trust you are well. I wanted to send along a couple of updates on my work…
First of all, the series of residential architecture from around Los Angeles county we talked about has been named aptly, "Vernacular Los Angeles”*, and it is well under way.
I have 5 images from the series on exhibit at the University at Buffalo New York in a group show titled, “The Measure of All Things; Rethinking Humanism Through Art". I'll attach the announcement at the bottom. Also, I will have 1 image from the series on display at the Torrance Art Museum, in the upcoming exhibition South Bay Focus, which opened November 19th (attachment below as well).
That's all for now…”
*“Vernacular Los Angeles” is a continuation of my work dealing with a sense of place. It looks at everyday residential architecture from over 200 neighborhoods, communities, and cities that typically lay outside the mainstream narrative of Los Angeles County. While these places are rarely destinations to anyone beyond their immediate residents, their contribution to the culture and development of Los Angeles is immeasurable. The focus is on the built environment, but a deeper reading of the work reveals issues of race, immigration, socio economics, class, the environment, and change.
michael salvatore tierney
- Natalia Sanchez, Systems Engineer at JPL/NASA, and Educator/Documentarian- “Hi Tony, I’m flattered you'd like to share this with your audience…
I’m attaching more than 3 pics. Please pick the ones that strike you most. They're iPhone pictures, so not great quality, appropriately so, I guess.
Objectives- The Sahara Chronicles started as an experimental project to research a "forgotten,” barely-known, secluded culture at the edge of the North African desert and understand the desires/needs of this disappearing peoples.
The initial goal was simply to learn and tell the story of their existence, as well as to get renowned inspiration for my personal and professional life.
Over a few weeks, the goal evolved into a more solution-oriented idea to identify and implement ways to address their priorities, in the long and short-term—in a way that can be sustained by the community itself and enables them to continue advancing.
How I got interested:
A vacation trip to The Sahara sparked this particular endeavor after encountering a culture that had never come up in my candid and academic education on history, geography, world politics, and related subjects or were ever mentioned in NatGeo documentaries or by the countless travelers I'd met around the world.
After hearing a few stories about their place in history and in today's government, it reminded me of the tree sound riddle: “If a tree falls and nobody is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?" I thought maybe I could empower them to make a sound and revive their aspirations for a happier future.
I arranged my travel using what I learned in my previous vacation trip, and stayed in contact with my tour guide to find a place to live. Booked a flight, found some Airbnb’s for the time in the city and bought a bus ticket to Merzouga. My transportation situation was TBD at the time i left, although I’d plan to arrange the purchase of a car... Turns out I didn't need one after all.
All the best, N
Dear ArtCenter Faculty, Staff, and Students: “Recently, one of our Photography students, Letian Zhou, recognized the need to make time for service learning opportunities outside the classroom. She connected with the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal to take photos and document their life, educational system, and community needs. Nepal faces it’s own difficulties in terms or resources and community outreach, and to say the least the 2015 earthquake presented additional challenges to the country and its people. The Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School has been damaged, nearly beyond repair and many of its students travel long distances to learn in less than adequate environments.The children still don’t have access to the schools biggest building, housing the large hall, Library, Computer & Science Labs and classrooms. Government permission for repairs and retrofitting finally got underway in July, but there will be no help from the government.
We reach out to you as ArtCenter community members who can influence the world through Art, Design and Education.
It is our hope that you will donate books to expand the learning that happens at the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal. Below is a message from Letian and a list of literature genres that we are hoping to collect and mail abroad by the end of the semester. Below are links to the school’s website and donation site. If you are unable to donate books, please consider other methods of donation as well as the possibility of volunteerism.
Art books: Fine art, Photography, Architecture, Transportation Design
Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox ikons
Ghibli Studio- Japanese
Books about nature and the ocean
Cultural specific art history books
Novels for young adults
Books appropriate for kids 4 years to early 20s
Please drop off all book donations to the CSE (Hillside, Rm200B) , or at any of the donation boxes located in each building (Hillside @ South Entrance, 870 @ Lobby, 950 @ Lobby, and 1111 @ 3rd Floor) by Friday, December 16.
Message from Letian:
Hello everyone, my name is Letian Zhou. I had a great opportunity to volunteer for the Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Nepal during our spring break (April 2016). While I was in Nepal documenting their school life, I was shocked by the horrible environment they live in. I believe kids are the future of our world, and it’s necessary for us to offer help that we can give.Through helping the kids, we might change the future of Nepal. I always believed that, although we cannot help everyone, everyone can help someone.
Currently there are two ways to help: either through making online donations or mailing necessities to them directly. However, I learned in my recent travels that Customs in Nepal regularly confiscate anything other than books. To make a money donation, you can go to http://www.rinpoche.com/hcfa.htm, and for those that have books to donate, please consider bringing in any that match the requests above (highlighted in yellow).
This semester my peers and I created 4 donation containers for this drive. You can find them in each ArtCenter building.
Special thanks to Cooper Dai, Resi Ying, Yasmin Boromand, Albee Liu, and SiCong Sui for all your handwork and dedication to making the boxes!
- Jennifer Julian, Actress, Filmmaker, Presentation Consultant, informs us about:
National Endowment for the Humanities- NEH Media Production Grants
Production Grants support film, television, and radio projects for general audiences that encourage active engagement with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways.
All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology. Projects must also demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical (rather than celebratory). The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate critical thinking. NEH is a national funding agency, so the projects we support must demonstrate the potential to attract a broad general audience.
Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs must be intended for national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. The Division of Public Programs welcomes projects that range in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.
Radio projects, including podcasts, may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. They may also develop new humanities content to augment existing radio programming or add greater historical background or humanities analysis to the subjects of existing programs. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.
NEH encourages projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas. Proposed projects might include complementary components to a film, television, or radio project. These components should deepen the audience’s understanding of the subject in a supplementary manner: for example, book/film discussion programs, supplemental educational websites, or museum exhibitions.
Production grants support the production and distribution of films, television programs, and radio programs that promise to engage a broad public audience.
Grant Deadline: 3 January
Film Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/upcoming-film-grants
Feature Film Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/feature-film
Television Grants - http://www.filmdaily.tv/grants/television
Documentary Grants - http://www.filmdaUpcoming Film Grants in your Mailbox
- Barbara Dumetz, Photographer- “Mine and my Grandfather's photograph's are used as the family photo props on the set of ‘Almost Christmas! It's in theatre's now.”
- Registration for classes at the ArtCenter College of Design begin Monday, November 28.
Classes begin Tuesday, January 17, 2017 and run through April 22. You can go online to see a full roster of the informative classes offered this spring term by clicking on the ACN website, https://www.artcenter.edu/acn
- Velvette Delaney, Graphic Designer, Sustainability Advocate, and MFA Candidate, Ohio State University- “Hi Tony! Happy belated Thanksgiving! Thanks for sending the newsletter. I meant to send you my final survey link to include, but I didn’t go it fast enough. Is it possible to still add it to the website/blog? If it is, here’s the info (and the flyer is attached).
We are interested in your feedback on Environmental Sustainability. This research is part of an MFA thesis project for Velvette Delaney. It will be used to help assess whether or not a digital tool would be useful to determine the environmental impact of design decisions.
Time frame from Wednesday, November 23rd. to Friday, December 9th. The survey will take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Your time and feedback is greatly appreciated!
Go Here: goo.gl/PKJFUE
That’s it for now, and that’s quite a bit to think about. Those are some of the amazing things these incredible artists in our creative circle are creating. Please continue to support the members of our creative community as they design meaning within their careers. Thanks to all for their informative and inspiring contributions.
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