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July 23, 2018

This weekend we said goodbye to our incredible Robertson interns of the summer: Kyle Ryan and Allayne Thomas. We are supremely grateful for the work they did and the continuing partnership we have with the Robertson Scholars program. That’s why for this #MondayMatters we want to honor the impactful work our former interns are doing in the arts world. Our past two scholars, Brennan Lewis and Nonnie Egbuna, have spent the summer creating documentaries. Brennan Lewis has traveled all over the rural south to document the experiences of queer individuals through audio, while Nonnie Egbuna went global, studying how family ties persist over time and distance in Nigeria. There is artistry in telling a compelling story and we are happy that our former interns can continue to instruct and connect with people through the power of art. 
If you want to check out more of Brennan’s project or get an example of Nonnie’s past poetry work check out these links below. #m2
Brennan Lewis: https://www.instagram.com/somewherequeer/
Nonnie Egbuna: http://www.thebridgeis.com/what-we-think/?author=582ccb06414fb598f3cb9cb7

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July 16, 2018

Dinosaurs. Burping. An airplane. These were some of the wild guesses park goers had for the audio art installation that was in City Hall Park from late May until last week July 8th. Meant to raise awareness for respiratory diseases and the effect of poor air quality, the recordings of people’s heavy breathing disturbed, confused, and annoyed some over the past two months. The exhibit, entitled “Out of Thin Air,” is by Brooklyn-based artist Sari Carel. Art doesn’t always happen where or how we expect it to - but that’s why it’s important to find ways to engage and communicate artistically. #MondayMatters#m2

Photo credit: STEVE REMICH FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL(3)

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July 9, 2018

Happy #MondayMatters! Last month there were hundreds of incredibly talented dancers from around the world making a name for themselves at the 11th annual USA International Ballet Competition in none other than Jackson, Mississippi. From June 10th to June 23rd dancers competed in a variety of events. One dancer described it as the “Olympics of the dance world.” We were inspired by the passion and skill the dancers paired during their time on the stage, remembering that ballet invites us to understand the story they are expressing without words. We are always struck by the beauty in this silent yet powerful form of communication. Their passion makes us excited to start our second dance camp of the summer next week. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to register at deltaartsalliance.org/summer-dance. Sad you missed the IBC? Watch an incredible performance by Cuban native Jorge Barani below: #m2

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July 2, 2018

Are you ready for an exciting 4th of July? On this #MondayMatters, we are blown away by a new style of art one artist is branding as “Explosionism.” Drew Lausman is from Florida and has begun making art with an unusual medium: firecrackers. Although the method is in many ways dangerous - Lausman burns his fingers at least once which each piece - the results are extraordinary creations. Sometimes all you need is that extra SPARK to really set you apart. We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July! Check out the article and video through the link below!

Last thing: We are still awaiting your wonderful art submissions on what the 4th of July means to you for our #We_heART_America contest. From sparklers to our veterans, we want to see what creative ideas you come up with just like Lausman. Send them to our email deltaarts38732@gmail.com today!

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June 25, 2018

Calling all dancers! This week our two June dance camps, Calling All Royalty: Prince & Princess Dance Camp and Pop Star Dance Camp, begin. We’re excited to see our young performers leap into action. That’s why we’re recognizing the power of dance on this #MondayMatters! Erik Cavanaugh defies our stereotypical images of what it means to be a dancer and forces us back to the fundamentals: dance as a form of expression and self-reflection. Check out his inspiring message in this video. And don’t worry - we still have space in our two July dance camps so sign up today! #m2

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June 18, 2018

All over the country, schools are recognizing the importance and power of incorporating the arts into their educational programs. This #MondayMatters is dedicated to a program in New York called Developing English Language Literacy Through the Arts, or DELLTA for short, that assists ESL students in their education through artistic exploration. Students participate in a dance program that develops their leadership, character and team-building skills, as well as helps engage them in their educational journey. Check out the work that DELLTA is doing in the video attached. We support their mission and are doing our own little piece here in the DELTA, with one L. There’s still space in our July dance classes so sign up soon if you want to challenge and encourage the little student in your life. #m2 

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June 11, 2018

Here at DAA we’re excited for another week of summer programming to start tomorrow. That’s why we want to highlight this whimsical take on modern art for this #MondayMatters. Artist Iris Scott reminds us that even as adults, there’s still a little kid in all of us waiting to shine through. Her masterpieces are all created using the method of fingerpainting, a rebranding on the form of painting traditionally associated with children. Scott uses finger painting as a way to express the beauty of her life and how she views the world. Her video shows us that art can bring out the little kid in all of us if we give it a chance. You can watch her explain her work and her love of fingerpainting below. #fingerpainting #register#summerprogramming #60secdocs #IrisScott 
#art #DAA #delta #youth #connect #Be_A_pART #artseducation

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August 21, 2017

 

With all of the #ECLIPSE watching we've seen across the world today, there is no doubt we will be rewatching telecasts on our televisions this evening. What better time to dedicate our #MondayMatters to two-faced technology? Industrial designer Yves Behar has created televisions that double as wall-hangings; now, even when it’s turned off, the TV can be an attention-grabber. It might lead one to consider what other everyday objects can be masterpieces. if we let them. Check out the article below and let us know your thoughts. Should we let functional things be simply functional things, or should we take every opportunity to incorporate art into our quotidian lives? #m2

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August 7, 2017

As area schools embark on a new academic year, we find this week's #MondayMatters dedicated to #back2school. What better way to prepare for another year of creativity than to highlight a 2017 high school graduate who earned $12,000 worth of scholarships, on top of major awards for his visual art?! Idyllwild Arts Benjamin Cruz was awarded the Gold Medal Portfolio (given by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers) for his paintings, one of which—titled “It Takes a Lifetime to Forget”—depicts the lifelong struggle of Japanese residents who were forced into internment camps during World War II. Along with the prestigious award came a $10,000 scholarship, which Cruz added to other scholarship money that he had earned.This school year, let’s all remember to support young artists in all of their passions and endeavors—you never know what could come out of it! Read more of Ben Cruz’s story below. #m2

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July 31, 2017

The sculptures are coming, the sculptures are coming! The Hazel & Jimmy Sanders Sculpture Garden will welcome in its new exhibition class this Friday. In dedication, we are celebrating this week's #MondayMatters with a look at some of the best sculpture parks across the globe. We too often think it a necessary component of the experience to seek art in enclosed spaces, and this may very well hinder our ability to truly appreciate its magnificence. When art is presented outdoors, however—in wide open spaces, surrounded by greenery or even by a body of water—we experience it in a new way. We consider it under new, less obstructed circumstances. So while you’re soaking up the sun this summer, consider finding some cool new art along the way, including the right here in the 38732. #publicart #outdoorsculpture#SculptureGardenatDeltaState #newpiecescomingtoDowntownWalkingTrail#soakinART

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July 17, 2017

Happy #MondayMatters! Today, we're shining a light on a super-cool, contemporary artist based out of Oakland. Brendan Monroe the Blob. Brendan has garnered recognition for his work that "reimagines" both natural occurrences, like waves and flowing water, and other-worldly creatures - aliens that have undergone some type of microbial turmoil. His work challenges form and plays with reality in a way that is both refreshing and potentially disconcerting; he draws inspiration from science, as chemistry and biology were two of his main interests when he was younger. Now, his work can be found on buildings, in galleries, both in and outside of the United States.

Follow your dreams- you never know where they might lead you! #m2

Read more on Brendan and his work below.

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July 10, 2017

Happy Monday! Time for this week's #MondayMatters, and we at Delta Arts Alliance are telling you to Google it! The company just made art research so much easier by incorporating enhanced search results. Now, users can take virtual museum tours, see art presentations in real-time with detailed annotations, and more! Google reports over 500 million arts-related searches per month, and their Arts & Culture team has been working tirelessly to better serve those who seek to learn more about various artists and their work. With online research being this easy and in-depth, the possibilities for knowledge are endless! Read more about the updates at the link below. #m2 #GoGoogle #getYOURlearnON #artmatters

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July 03, 2017

This Independence Day, why not consider the ways in which art can represent various interpretations of the same subject? For this #MondayMatters, we look to the City of Brotherly Love and its street art exhibit. Currently on exhibition in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, not to be confused with Mississippi) thirteen different artists (a nod to the thirteen stars on the first American flag) created works that reflect their perceptions and varying perspectives of the American Revolution. The exhibition challenges viewers by asking the big questions around the Revolutionary War and by leading them to reconsider that which they thought they knew. Read more about this cool project below! #m2 #happyFOURTH #independence

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June 26, 2017

What comes to your mind when you think of Nantucket? Fishing? Whaling? Summers? That old man who kept all his cash in a bucket? Well, what about the arts? Over the past several years, the island has developed into a cultural hub in which the arts play a central role. The Artists Association of Nantucket (AAN), established in 1945, serves to promote the arts throughout the community; the organization runs programs for youth and adults alike, encouraging community members to envision the world in new ways and to foster their creative spirits. Learn more about AAN. #MondayMatters #m2#artinNANTUCKET

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June 12, 2017

The power of self-expression is perhaps the greatest gift one can give a young adult, and AUTHORING ACTION gives that gift year-round! For this week’s #MondayMatters, we invite you to look into the spoken word and outreach organization based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. With its signature writing process, AUTHORING ACTION empowers students aged 13-18 with the skills needed to be catalysts for change through the arts. We are super proud to be hosting an AA alumnus this summer, as Ms. Nonnie Egbuna joined the DAA family earlier this month, as part of the The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. “The world can change with just one word,” and these amazing youth prove that to be true every time they step on the stage! Check them out below! #m2

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June 05, 2017

This #MondayMatters serves to remember and honor the victims of the Manchester terrorist attack, and to remind us all of the uniting and healing power of art. Less than one week after the May 22 bombing at Manchester Arena, 50,000 people came together at another concert in a show of solidarity for the victims of the attack and for the city that they love. The Courteeners’ show (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40074560) gave the audience an opportunity for the type of healing that only music can bring, and a chance to remind the world just how strong the people of Manchester are. Manchester again showed its muscle last night, rallying with an impressive line-up of artists at a second benefit, ONE LOVE MANCHESTER, this time returning to the Manchester Arena. . Buzz on, Manchester. Read more about the story below. #m2

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