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The Synergetic Spirit of Buffalo’s Black Arts Community

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Source: Hyperallergic

As a curator, writer, and artist, my work is grounded in storytelling. Contextualizing the work of artists past and present for broad audiences is an incredible responsibility; arts administrators play a significant role in determining whose stories are preserved in history and how they are remembered. But what about the stories that aren’t told? How can narratives historically excluded from the canon be elevated and recognized for their enduring influence?

The resolve of the Black Arts Movement to address these questions led to the cultivation of spaces for artists to express themselves freely and for folks to see themselves reflected in art. Major cities like Chicago, New York, and Oakland immediately come to mind when considering the connection between art and self-determination. However, the continuum of Black artists in Buffalo, New York, has fostered community spaces and practices for decades that center accessibility and the inextricable link between art and life.

Read more: https://hyperallergic.com/876439/the-synergetic-spirit-of-buffalo-black-arts-community/

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Art’n About in Gala: Community Arts Extravaganza

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Source: southern Reporter

Galashiels is gearing up for a burst of creativity at the next ‘Art’n About in Gala’ event from Transform Arts CIC. A community arts festival will be held on Saturday 17 February. It promises to be a day of fun, free, and accessible arts activities where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, background or artistic ability. The event offers open door sessions where the community can come together, get creative and enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of the MacArts centre.

Read More: https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/artn-about-in-gala-community-arts-extravaganza-4504828

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Suffolk arts organisations including Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, New Wolsey Theatre and DanceEast, hit out at ‘devastating’ Suffolk County Council plans to scrap funding

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Source: Suffolk News

Arts organisations in Suffolk have hit out at a council proposal to axe its investment in the arts and culture.

Suffolk County Council is proposing £500,000 in savings by stopping core funding to art and museum sector organisations from April 2025 as part of £64.7m budget cuts.

To assist with the transition, £528,000 of Covid recovery money will be made available to those organisations for 2024/25 to cover the funding blackhole for one year.

Read More: https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/news/amp/devastating-for-all-of-us-suffolk-arts-organisations-hit-9347047/

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Banksy unveils new art work in south London street

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Source: Guernsey Press

Banksy has unveiled a new piece of art work in south London which shows what looks like three planes on a traffic stop sign.

A selection of photos were uploaded to the artist’s Instagram page without a caption or explanation.

The work was installed at the intersection of Southampton Way and Commercial Way in Peckham, south London, close to a zebra crossing.

Banksy has installed some other pieces this year, including Valentine’s Day Mascara, a mural weighing 3.8 tonnes, which appeared on the side of a house in Margate, Kent, on Valentine’s Day.

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