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Learn About Music
The Children’s Hour Inc is a New Mexico based non-profit organization which creates broadcast media that is educational, entertaining and engaging, and also includes kids who participate in its creation. Their program themes focus on four areas: STEM education, civics, cultural education and performance. There are some fun musical performances included in the podcasts!
The Aria Database is helpful to singers looking for new repertoire within their vocal range.
WTOP-FM in Washington DC keeps a live streamed concert calendar (pop, rock, reggae, hip-hop etc).
The Smithsonian American Art Museum offers a video series Meet the Artist. Watch contemporary American artists talk about their work. Start with artist Mickalene Thomas discussing her use of craft materials, her artistic influences, and the importance of seeing oneself represented in museums.
Paris Photo (an art fair dedicated to historical and contemporary photography) offers interviews, conversations and artist talks on Vimeo. Spend some more time with Mickalene Thomas discussing her work and influences."Photography is one of the most powerful tools we have right now."
Learn About Art
Spend some time with Aimee Lee, who received a Fulbright fellowship to learn about Hanji, paper made from mulberry tree pulp, in Korea. There, she studied with master hanji-maker Jang Seong-woo. Today, she has dedicated her career to teaching others. She documented the process of cording and twining hanji, known as noyeokgae or jiseung, by master weaver Na Seo-hwan. Watch videos of Korean papermaking masters, as well as footage from her apprenticeship.
Paper artist Julie VonDerVellen creates sculptural woven paper work narrating significant moments in her life – or within the life of friends and family members – where the object evokes a special memory.
Art Inspiration - Try It at Home
Recycle junk mail, newspapers, and old papers by making something practical,
useful and beautiful.
PaperMatrix, created by Lene, a chemical engineer, and Anna Schepper, an architect, celebrates paper weaving from Germany, Denmark and Norway. Find patterns and instructions for creating colorful woven paper hearts, cones, spheres, stars and balloons.
Weave a Road Map Basket, in CRAFT Volume 05, crafter Jane Patrick provides a tutorial on weaving old maps into baskets, a fun and interesting way to reuse castoffs and weave a little memory into a functional item.
Try weaving baskets with tubes of newspaper (old magazines, junk mail, any paper). Creative Ideas provides a demo for rolling paper tubes, coloring them (you can leave the paper as is if you like), making a cardboard bottom basket and weaving a basket from the bottom.
The Origami resource center also provides instructions for weaving place mats and hearts.
Try The Weaving Explorer on Hoopla for more ideas and instructions on getting started with weaving. Thirty projects utilize a range of materials, from fiber to paper and wire, and are accessible to all levels. The Art Of Paper Weaving, also on Hoopla, gives more from the creators of PaperMatrix. Get started with essential tools and techniques, then follow instructions for 46 two- and three-dimensional projects.
Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, has written her second engrossing and nuanced YA novel, On the Come Up, based loosely off her own experience as a teenager with the goal of “making it,” or being “on the come up.” Bri Jackson is a sixteen-year-old genius with lyrics, who is constantly assembling her inner monologue into couplets while trying to get through ACT prep and dreaming of the type of career in hip-hop that will get her respect as a female artist. When an incident with white security officers at her arts high school turns violent, Bri finds herself having various false assumptions and stereotypes pushed on her. In trying to fight against those, she finds herself unintentionally playing into them. But who is Bri Jackson, and how can she show everyone? On the Come Up will make you laugh at Bri’s love of Tweety Bird, terror of Big Bird, and hatred of Jar-Jar Binks. It also resonates emotionally, showing what prejudice, police brutality, gang violence, and homophobia can really do to our country’s future. In a world where not everyone has power, Bri Jackson finds her voice and takes control of her narrative through one of her best gifts, verse. Hopefully she inspires courage in the rest of us to use our gifts for change. -SB
Levon Helm: Ain’t In it for My Health. Levon Helm, former member of the musical group The Band and one of the greatest purveyors of a musical style known as Americana is interviewed extensively after making his first recording in 25 years. Opening with a view of life on the road from the inside of his tour bus, we are taken to Levon’s home in upstate New York with walls of memorabilia from his storied career. Interviews with his wife, daughter and ex-wife ensue and a visit to his doctor reveals he has cancer. Additional footage from The Band at Woodstock in 1969 and their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show gives the video historic depth.
Billy Bob Thornton makes a cameo appearance with an interesting heart to heart where Levon reveals his bitterness about the business side of The Band’s publishing income. Flashbacks to 1974 reveal the rock & roll lifestyle and excesses that eventually led to their breakup in 1976. Fast forward to some road engagements where he loses his voice due to a cold outdoor show in Denver and an extreme temperature change in Tulsa. The subsequent visit to the doctor reveals inflamed vocal chords and, working with a vocal coach he tries to regain his amazing voice.
There is footage of Levon and his producer co-writing a song for the album Hank Williams: The Lost Notebooks. Featuring many artists, this was a recording of Hank Williams’ lyrics that were never set to music. Levon is back in good voice here but the title, “Ain’t In it for My Health” is finally explained in the end. I recommend this movie for an insightful look at an iconic musician from the rock era. -CV
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