Keeley Manca Lambert

Keeley Manca Lambert, originally from Texas, graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Acting from Texas State University, located just south of Austin. She is an artist in residence with Transform, a faith-based non-prophet arts organization seeking to wrestle with the deep questions of art, faith and culture. Currently, Keeley is taking classes at The Upright Citizens Brigade, a well known improv and sketch comedy theatre here in the city. Along with her passions for acting and laughter, she enjoys songwriting, traveling, dancing, and a good plate of food.

A Bright New School

Check out this video from GOOD that explore a new, creative type of education.

Imagine receiving an electric drill to use at school—and the freedom to learn and explore while building things with it. That’s what happens at Brightworks, a year-old nonprofit private alternative school located in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The school is tiny—just 20 students between 6 and 13 years old—but it’s building quite the reputation for its innovative learning philosophy. Brightworks takes its cues from the maker and tinkering movements, which do away with formal classroom instruction in favor of project-based experiential learning.

Students aren’t divided into traditional grade levels, either: The school allows kids to interact naturally across age groups—older students work on more sophisticated projects while younger ones learn primarily through play. And, instead of relying on tests to measure learning, the school’s students create portfolios.

The GOOD video team recently paid a visit to Brightworks and caught up with cofounder and director Gever Tulley. It might seem impossible to scale the Brightworks experience for a public school with hundreds of students. But the focus on giving children authentic, creative experiences that prepare them for the future is something every classroom and school can replicate.

 

Watch the video HERE!

 

Funding the Arts

Do  participate in this interesting conversation on arts funding happening over at The Huffington Post

Early this year, Yancey Strickler, one of the founders of the crowd-sourced funding site Kickstarter, made a big claim. In an interview repeated across the internet, Strickler said Kickstarter expects to distribute more money in 2012 than the National Endowment for the Arts’ entire fiscal budget for the year. The comparison drew ire from critics who pointed out the NEA’s larger function to make art accessible, as well as the many successful Kickstarter projects that aren’t about art so much as commerce. But nuances didn’t detract from the drama of a 4-year-old startup calling into question the relevance of a 47-year-old government agency. When the NEA slashed funding last month to two entities historically dependent on it, public television and public radio, the question of its effectiveness became impossible to avoid.

We here at HuffPost Culture would like to examine what is undoubtedly an inflection point in the evolution of arts funding. In the face of headlines gleefully crowning lighter, faster online models as inevitable successors, is federal funding worth protecting? Is it the best way to fund the arts? The worst? Is there some other model — already in existence somewhere in the world, or yet to be discovered — worth exploring? Should we even be funding the arts?

These are the questions at the heart of HuffPost Culture’s first installment in the site-wide series “Change My Mind.” We’ve asked two experts on opposing sides to argue their case. Read their opinions below, and let us know your take in the comments. Did you change your mind?

 

Be a part of the poll HERE!

Art Nature Walk


Check out this article from GOOD on an inventive artistic experience…

Last weekened, on a perfect day in New York City, Jon Cotner led a small group of participants on the second of two interactive walks through Central Park. Cotner is an artist whose work centers on walking and talking. He’s co-written a book of dialogues conducted while strolling around the city, and in past projects, he’s linked lines of poetry to a walk in an old-growth forest and fed participants one-liners guaranteed to spark conversation with another person out on a city street.

 

As an ever-growing portion of the population shifts to cities, natural spaces like these are going to become more important. At the beginning of the walk, Cotner told us, “Central Park wasn’t intended to be a condemnation of this intense progress”—the creep of buildings north along Manhattan. “It was meant to accommodate such developments.” Spaces like Central Park help people crowd together, saving land and energy: As Cotner put it, the park “reconciles… the urban with the rural.” If we’re going to live in cities, we’re going to need more places like Central Park, which can deliver the experience of the natural world to those who crave it.

 

Midway through the walk, our group stopped at Bethesda Terrace, which looks out over the park. All I could see were trees stretching skyward—from this perspective, the city had disappeared. But a plane, flying low in the sky, came into view. I took a few steps forward, and a building appeared. The city is here, too.

 

 

Are Musicians More Empathetic?

 

Check out this article by  from the Pacific Standard via The ArtsJournal

Music education produces myriad benefits, strengthening kids’ abilities in readingmath, and verbal intelligence. New British research suggests it may also teach something less tangible, but arguably just as important:

The ability to empathize.

 

The kids in the music group joined weekly hour-long sessions where they played specially designed musical games. Some of the games encouraged the young musicians to get “as rhythmically coordinated as possible,” while others promoted the idea of “shared intentionality” — say, by having kids compose music together.

 

All the kids took three tests designed to measure their empathy for others. In two test, the children were shown film clips, and after, to gauge their emotional reactions, researchers had them choose among photos of people with different facial expressions. In the third test, the kids were asked to react to statements that helped researchers measure their empathy, such as “I really like to watch people open presents, even when I don’t get a present myself.”

The key result: On the test where the kids agreed or disagreed with those yes-no questions, only those  who had played the musical games significantly increased their empathy. Those in the control groups, in fact, began the school year with a slightly higher level of empathy, but by the end of the year, those in the music group has well surpassed past them.

 

While not definitive, researchers note that the findings provide “more than tentative support” to their theory that intelligently structured group music-making can promote “day-to-day emotional empathy.”

And why wouldn’t it? Making music in an ensemble means learning how to work together toward a common goal. It’s hard to imagine such lessons are forgotten as soon as one walks out of the practice room.

 

Engaging Audiences…a new concept or imperative?

Check out this article by Michael Kaiser from The Huff Post Blog via Arts Journal.

The new (renewed?) focus on audience engagement appears to emerge from the sense that conventional arts organizations are losing their audiences to other forms of entertainment. Our audiences have the opportunity to be entertained at home on their personal computers and on television, to experience astonishing special effects at the movies, and to communicate with their friends non-stop via texting, cell phones, Facebook and Twitter.

The sense of many is that things must change — our art must change, our approach to marketing must change and the nature of the audience experience must change. If we continue to operate in the same manner as we did in the twentieth century, the arts will die.

 

The keys to any successful audience engagement strategy, of course, are consistency and commitment.

 

 

Read the Article here–> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-kaiser/engaging-audiences_b_1427968.html

 

 

“Beer Is Culture” The Sixpoint Art and Design Exhibition

 

Beer Is Culture

The Sixpoint Art and Design Exhibition

 

Beer is Culture is inviting you to create an original design or illustration that successfully taps into this theme, “Beer Is Culture” and upload it to their wall. You may also submit your design by sending it in a private email to beerisculture@sixpoint.com. Tell your friends to “Like” your image, or simply click “Like” on your favorite among the designs of others. All of the submissions are available for voting in separate album here. The submission with the most “likes” will be the winner of the exhibition.

Submissions will be accepted starting April 1, and will close on April 30. Six finalists will be announced on May 1, with a final round of votes taking place that week. A winner will be announced May 7.

The top six finalists will receive a special care package from the brewery, including customized apparel and treats from Sixpoint and other local artisans. The six finalists will also receive an annual membership to a local art museum of their choice. The first place finisher’s artwork will become the profile pic for Sixpoint’s Facebook page for the following year, and they will also receive a featured interview on the Sixpoint website.


Submissions Close
April 30, 2012 – Midnight

Winner Announcement
May 7, 2012

Suggested Dimensions
Square Proportions

 

A Poetry Project to Celebrate National Poetry Month

 

A Poem From Us is a website featuring regular people, reciting their favorite poems.

Their goal is simple: use technology to help folks share their love of poetry with others.

Interested in participating? Here’s how:

1. Become a contributor! Start by recording a video of yourself reading a favorite poem. Then, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo and submit the video! Once they’ve reviewed it, they’ll feature your video on the website.

2. Become a distributor! You can request a set of project stickers, which they’ll send to you for free. Each sticker features the project logo and a custom QR code. When a passer-by scans the QR code with their mobile device, a random poem from the project will be played.

As more users contribute videos to the site, different poems will be featured. The stickers serve as a kind of “Found Poem” for the digital age – an offline QR code being updated by online code.

3. Of course, there’s nothing saying you can’t be both a contributor and distributor.

 

Portals in Photos


Check out this innovative use of photographs by Scott Hazard found at Colossal.

 

Raleigh-based artist and landscape architect Scott Hazard uses carefully layered photographs to create delicately torn concentric shapes symbolizing plumes of smoke, clouds, and mysterious portals in walls. Hazard has also used adaptations of the same technique to create a number of fantastic typographic works he calls Text Constructs.

View Photographs Here!

Building Bikes with People

Check out this video from SwissMiss…

 

Watch the Video: The Inverted Bike Shop

 

“This whole buisiness is built around building bikes with people…the client will come in and we will actually build the bike with them.”

“For me, there’s this reaction to wanting to kind of connect with humanity again, and you can’t hammer a nail over the internet, you can’t be a butcher over the internet, you can’t be a barber over the internet, and you can’t be a bike mechanic over the internet, you have to really do it with your hands and it’s something that can never be replaced.”

“We’re not selling tons of bikes off the wall, it’s a process, and you know, we’re just coming at it a little differently.”

 

Visit the Bike Shop’s Website
www.718c.com

 

 

Swarming Forces in Nature

A highlight from over at GOOD:

In Thomas Jackson’s “Emergent Behaviors” photo series, flying cheese balls and hovering plastic cups replace nature’s swarming forces. The Brooklyn-based Jackson, who shot his ongoing series in New York City and upstate New York, was inspired by “self-organizing emergent systems in nature,” like termite mounds, locusts, and birds.

 

Jackson has always been intrigued by the ability of swarms to be both beautiful and scary at once. “The images attempt to tap fear and fascination that those phenomena tend to evoke, while creating an uneasy interplay between the natural and the manufactured and the real and the imaginary,” he writes. “At the same time, each image is an experiment in juxtaposition. By constructing the pieces from unexpected materials and placing them in environments where they seem least to belong, I aim to tweak the margins of our visual vocabulary, and to invite fresh interpretations of everyday things.”

 

Made by Hand Series

Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about us. Where did they come from? Who made them? How were they made?

 

Each film aims to promote that which is made locally, sustainably, and with a love for craft. Based in Brooklyn, the project takes its influence from the handmade movement here and elsewhere. We hope you find the spirit of it inspiring.

In their inaugural film, they visit the Breuckelen Distilling Company, the first gin distiller in Brooklyn since prohibition. Founder Brad Estabrooke talks about starting from nothing and the imperfect process of perfecting a craft. His experience bears a lesson for us all: knowing you could fail brings you that much closer to success. http://thisismadebyhand.com/film/the_distiller

 

Writer turned knife maker Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn talks about the human element of craft, and the potential for a skill to mature into an art. And in sharing his story, he alights on the real meaning of handmade—a movement whose riches are measured in people, not cash. http://thisismadebyhand.com/film/the_knife_maker


Local farmer Megan Paska has witnessed beekeeping as it morphed from an illegal (and possibly crazy) habit to a sustainable, community-supported skill. Mirroring beekeeping’s own ascendance, she found more than just a living: “This is the first time in my life when I’ve just felt absolutely on the right path.”  http://thisismadebyhand.com/film/the_beekeeper

 


 

Purging in Austin

Check out this article from Colossal on a recent installation by Ink Tank, an arts collective in Austin, Texas.

“A few days ago I happened upon a rather unique art project called Last New Year in theAustin American Statesman, showing photos of a dilapidated home recently transformed with a number of installations by a small arts collective called Ink Tank. The premise for the project was fascinating: the ensemble imagined a fictional group of people living in the home who would react to the prophesied end-of-times 2012 date. One of my favorite pieces from the show is a giant installation called The Purge by artistChris Whiteburch who decided to imagine how the house itself would confront the impending doom. The result is a structure purging its contents, all manner of debris and structural material shooting violently through a window into a giant wooden splash.”

 

 

 

 

Musicians take to the Skies

For those musicians that are frequent flyers, exciting news from Congress– published at Blue Grass Today.

In what is being hailed as a victory by traveling musicians in the US, the latest reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration has codified provisions that create a uniform national standard for musical instruments being treated as carry-on luggage.

This legislation establishes that any instrument which can be safely stowed either in an overhead bin or under an airline seat may be carried aboard for domestic airline travel. The American Federation of Musicians has been actively lobbying for this language for several years.

“This is great news for professional musicians throughout the U.S. and Canada who carry the tools of our                     trade – our instruments – aboard commercial aircraft,” said AFM President Ray Hair. “Ending the confusion             over musical instruments as carry-on baggage has been a top legislative priority for nearly a decade.                               Musicians can now fly in friendlier skies.”

 

 

 

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Oakland’s New ‘Food Gallery’

Check out this new article from GOOD’s Lifestyle on a new type of restaurant in Oakland that is creating opportunities for up-and-coming chefs…

 

Guest Chef is the brainchild of Bay Area real estate developer Scott Cameron. Simply put, it is a permanent space without permanent cooks…So the 20-seat restaurant changes hands every two weeks as a new emerging or established chef takes over with access to a fully stocked kitchen, wine reserve, and three-person base staff of dishwasher Manuel and servers Kristen and Shannon. The two-week window ostensibly gives the chefs a chance to find out if they are confident and skilled enough to impress area crowds with their adventurous long-term ideas.

 

So far, it’s working. Local firefighters drew a crowd in early November when they prepared a benefit dinner for the venture’s inaugural event. Since then, cooks have ranged from Eva Santillanes, a grandmother from Zacatecas, Mexico with no industrial kitchen experience, to Michelin-Star-winning Joseph Humphrey.

 

The effort began with an empty kitchen. Last year, chef Mark Valentine—a friend of Cameron’s—suggested that they find a creative use for an unused space along a gentrifying Oakland neighborhood’s main drag.

 

“I’m like an artist in a gallery,” he says. “An artist doesn’t wait for a buyer to arrive in order to start painting. I’m here to cook my food and work on my craft. If people come in, I will be happy to share my passion and cook for them.”

 

 

 

 

Facebook’s Got Soul?

Check out this post by E.B. Boyd  at The Morning News about  Facebook’s new ‘Timeline’ feature.

From the post:

 

Facebook’s Timeline (the new version of the user profile which is slated to be released to the general public “in the next few weeks”) wanted to do something more: It wanted to convey a feeling. Two feelings actually: The feeling of telling someone your life story, and the feeling of memory–of remembering your own life.

 

Facebook wanted the Timeline to be a place for self-expression: A way for users to reveal who they are and what their lives are about.

 

Facebook could simply have given the same weight to each individual event–a song you listened to or a run you took–as it gives other pieces of data, like status updates, and listed them all in the Timeline. But that doesn’t work well over time. Individual songs are interesting in the moment you’re listening to them. But over time, you’re more interested in patterns. So Facebook created a set of aggregations and reports, to let you “find those individual patterns that define your identity,” Felton says. By seeing aggregate reports on what songs you listened to at particular times in your life, you get to see “the soundtrack of your life.”

 

Whether we like it or not, within the next couple weeks the ‘Timeline’ is going to be the only interface Facebook offers. What do you think? Will this new design create a more ‘memorable’ social networking experience?

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Someone’s Taking a Stance Against TOMS Shoes

Check out this article from GOOD about Oliberté, a new brand that dares to campaign against the ideals of TOMS Shoes.

 

“At Oliberté, we believe Africa can compete on a global scale,” he says, “but it needs a chance. It doesn’t need handouts or a hand up. It needs people to start shaking hands and companies to start making deals to work in these countries.”

Oliberté—the name melds “liberty” with the “O” from the anthem of Dehtiar’s home country—

 

“TOMS Shoes is a good marketing tool, but it’s not good aid,” agrees Saundra Schimmelpfennig, an international aid expert who blogs at Good Intentions Are Not Enough, where she aims to educate nonprofit donors about effective charity. She’s criticized TOMS for competing with local producers by handing out free goods and for being “quintessential Whites in Shining Armor.” “The idea of creating jobs that pay a fair wage and provide necessary benefits,” she says, “can have far more impact than aid.”

 

According to its latest giving report, TOMS also uses factories in Ethiopia, in addition to ones in China and Argentina. “I’m not saying ours is a better way,” Dehtiar says, “but people just continue to give away stuff to Africa, and there’s no incentive for dependencies to end.”

 

Instead of striving to produce the cheapest shoes possible, the company focuses on quality. “When it comes to footwear,” Dehtiar says, “we don’t want people to think of Africa as the next China. We want them to think of it as the next Italy—think quality.”

 

 

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