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“First Lady Presents” is a collaboration between The Nevada State Museum and Nevada First Lady Katherine Sisolak that elevates contemporary Nevada artists through a curatorial lens of equity and a dedication towards cultural awareness. In honor of Native American Heritage Month, November’s featured artist is comic book artist Theo Tso from the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Colony.
The Heinz Family Foundation announced their 26th Heinz Awards recipients, including Tanya Aguiñiga, a visual artist recognized for blending contemporary craft, sculpture and performance to address issues of migration, gender and identity. Aguiñiga also was the inaugural recipient in 2018 of the Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities from Americans for the Arts.
Los Angeles-based director, writer, and cultural organizer Mark Valdez is this year’s recipient of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation’s annual Zelda Fichandler Award, which recognizes directors and choreographers who have demonstrated great accomplishment with singular creativity and deep investment in a particular community or region. Valdez also was the recipient of the 2019 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities from Americans for the Arts.
The World Design Organization recognized the cities of San Diego in the United States and Tijuana in Mexico as a result of their commitment to human-centered design and legacy of cross-border collaboration to transform the region’s natural and built environments.
At The Table is a new group of African-American arts leaders responsible for organizing dynamic discussions that showcase and leverage our collective cultural and philanthropic power. The group aims to offer opportunities for connection, a platform for financial growth, infrastructure for community building, and encouragement to engage in wellness.
Certain Party or Parties Unknown (CPPU) is a temporary multi-media public art exhibition focusing on three African American men who fell victim to racial terror lynchings in Montgomery County, Maryland in the 1880s—Mr. John Diggs-Dorsey, Mr. George Peck, and Mr. Sidney Randolph—to further community dialogue about racial justice and increase awareness of local history.
Arts professionals who oversee municipal or public art collections, or local arts agencies that work directly with artists, will find information and ways to engage with conservation and preservation professionals on social media.
Local arts agencies are all about fostering community ties. October, being National Arts and Humanities Month, is a good time to mark the indelible role played by local arts agencies in their towns, cities, and neighborhoods—and how the NEA’s administration of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will reinforce these local networks.
The National Monument Audit allows for a better understanding of the dynamics and trends that have shaped our monument landscape, to pose questions about common knowledge about monuments, and to debunk falsehoods and misperceptions within public memory.
For the first time since 2016, the White House has released a proclamation declaring October as National Arts & Humanities Month. In the proclamation, President Joe Biden cites the economic, health, educational, and community benefits of the arts and humanities.