Friday, April 24, 2009
In the same vein the Kennedy Center in Washington DC has started a free consulting service for non-profit 501(c)(3) performing arts organizations. You may be able to get counsel from the center’s executive staff in the areas of fundraising, board development, budgeting, marketing and technology. Go to http://www.artsincrisis.org/ and fill out the request form if you or your organization is interested.
Advocacy also involves developing your own capabilities and sharing your talents with others. May 15th is the deadline for applying to the Illinois Arts Council 2009-2011 Arts-In-Education Program Artists Roster and the 2009-2011 Artstour Program Artists Roster. If you are an arts educator or a performing artist you may be eligible to participate in these important statewide catalogs. Teaching artists can go to: (http://www.state.il.us/agency/iac/Guidelines/AIE/AIERoster.pdf). Performing artists can check out: (http://www.state.il.us/agency/iac/Guidelines/atourroster/ATRoster.pdf). You may apply for inclusion on both rosters if you qualify.
One last note. The registration details for the One State Arts Conference on June 1-2, 2009 are now available at the Illinois Arts Alliance’s web site. Go to: http://artsalliance.org/c_2009registration.shtml I’ll be there and I hope to see some of you.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We spent yesterday afternoon on Navy Pier in Chicago watching the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's gloriously damp production of Twelfth Night . You have to see it to appreciate just how wet a show can be. Let's just say that the pool is deep enough to do front flips into.
But today is the bard's birthday and to celebrate you can check out the national talk like Shakespeare movement
get yourself a Globe theatre of your very own
DramaJim says "But that's all one, our play is done.
And we'll strive to please you every day." Feste Act V Twelfth Night
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
If you do have another hour or so you can book a tour up to the top of the mesa to a pueblo which has been inhabited from around 1100 AD and was a thriving city when Coronado came through in the 17th century. The Mission Church of San Esteban del Rey, completed in 1640, still dominates the plateau.
Your conducted tour takes you through the streets of the village and allows time to view and purchase the lovely and quite reasonably priced thin wall pottery.
There are over 300 adobe houses on the mesa top and they are owned by Acoma females, who pass them on to their youngest daughters.
but those looking toward the massive Mount Taylor volcanic cone are particularly fine.
If you want to have time for the tour, a snack, and a chance to view the museum allow yourself at least three hours at the pueblo. For lots more pictures of our Arizona trip go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/83918664@N00/
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here, the native stones, encased in concrete, were raised into thick heat resistant walls literally without the assistance of modern machinery.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I think this was our 3rd or 4th visit to this outstanding jewel of a park in Tucson. It features nicely labeled displays of desert flora laid out on easy paths. Birds and other wildlife abound. For the tourist or the hometowner who doesn't have the time or the physical capabilities to traverse longer hikes, this is an ideal spot to get a reasonable taste of the desert experience without driving out of the city.
The entrance fee is reasonable; the giftshop is pleasant; the live plant greenhouse is a special treat; and the tea house restaurant offers tasty south-western dishes in lovely surroundings.
Check it out. The mighty Saguaro awaits.
And some take a bit of patience to catch like this hummingbird on her nest.
Colorful blooms augment the green or sometimes just add lively color to the environment.
Monday, April 13, 2009
When we initially contemplated this trip toward the end of 2008, air fares were not being kind, so we decided to drive. Tucson is over 1700 miles from here and the scenery along the way is not overpowering. But thanks to the interstate highway system you can make 600 miles a day without too much strain and so after three days of rolling along, we pulled in to my dear cousin's home in the sunny suburbs of Tucson.
Above is a shot from a wind swept rest area in Texas that epitomizes the terrain for about 1000 of the 1700 miles. But after we cross New Mexico the wild and lovely Salt River Canyon provides a welcome respite from the seemingly endless rangeland.
To reach the river you take a series of breathtaking switchbacks. You can see five levels in this shot alone.
The moisture rewards at the bottom of the canyon.
More on what we did while we were there and what we did on the way home to come in the next two episodes of "Stirring the Pudding" of life.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The public library in downtown Charlotte has a gorgeous building and includes a thriving theatre company for children.
On the way back to Monmouth, we stopped in Greer, SC for a couple of days to visit an old friend Tom Kent and his wife. The Greer/Greenville area was new to us and we enjoyed visiting Tom's lovely church and seeing some of the sights in the area.
Thursday, April 09, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Our pilot arrives.