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It’s a Rogue Thing: Bringing Climate Concerns Home (with Art!)

On February 17, The Southern Oregon Climate Action Network (SOCAN) will host It’s a Rogue Thing: Bringing Climate Concerns Home, an event aiming to connect communities across the valley and creatively address the challenges of our changing climate. It is scheduled from 1:00 to 3:30 pm at the Medford Public Library. The event will feature representative Peter Buckley and other local leaders along with musical performances and an ambitious community art project….

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Giving Voice to the Arts - eNews Update from Americans for the Arts

Giving Voice to the Arts - Americans for the Arts

In this issue: ArtsVote2012 Programs Featured at the Political Conventions Sport Your Action Fund Wares Research from Americans for the Arts Shaping Federal Arts Policy Supporting Arts Advocacy in States and Cities PAC Update Message from the President – Elections are not just about the candidates you vote for, but the policies they support and the impact they will have on the arts in your community.

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PeaceJam | Photo Albums

Just discovered a fabulous project and its website called PeaceJam.org, organized by more than a few Nobel Laureates to help regular people (and artists) like us find ways to be the change we want to see in the world. This post is about youth participants in the Global Call to Action program who created pieces of art to exemplify 10 different GCA actions. This is a beautiful example of art activism and a wonderful way for artists to get involved in global peacemaking. Click the link that follows to view the art these young peacemakers made, then consider making a contribution to PeaceJam yourself:

PeaceJam | Photo Albums.

Kudos to just-published family members!

The most amazing thing happened a few days ago. My cousin, Pulitzer Prize nominee Greg Barrett, has been laboring over his new book since 2010 and it was just released. But here’s the surprise – he included the refrain from a reggae-style song by Lazar (my son, now of Tribal Frequencies, who hold the #1 […]

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New book acknowledges S.Oregon songwriter as inspiration...

The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq, by Greg Barrett

With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Afterward by peace activist Shane Claiborne, The Gospel of Rutba: War, Peace, and the Good Samaritan Story in Iraq is a true story of people from the small desert town of Rutba, Iraq who saved the lives of three American peacemakers when a car wreck nearly killed them on their way out of the country, just days after the Shock and Awe campaign began in 2003 and despite the fact the Rutba General Hospital had been destroyed by bombs just 3 days before. Southern Oregon songwriter Lazar had the honor of a refrain from one of his songs published, along with a thank you for his music, in the book’s acknowledgements.

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Help Stop SOPA/PIPA

Using WordPress to blog, to publish, to communicate things online that once upon a time would have been relegated to an unread private journal (or simply remained unspoken, uncreated, unshared) makes you a part of one of the biggest changes in modern history: the democratization of publishing and the independent web. Every time you click Publish, you are a part of that change, whether you are posting canny political insight or a cat that makes you LOL. How would you feel if the web stopped being so free and independent? I’m concerned about the bills that threaten to do this, and as a participant in one of the biggest changes in modern history, you should be, too.

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The Art Inside #OccupyWallStreet

Throughout history art has been fundamentally intertwined with social movements and political activism and it continually serves as a critical avenue through which to question, comment on, and influence change in the world around it. And this time around is no exception. While the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to gain momentum, the arts have […]

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Why I Do the Work: Virtues, Bones, & Tolerance

Last September, I went to East San Jose Elementary School here in my hometown of Albuquerque, NM. While there I spoke with over 200 fourth and fifth grade students in six classes. For the three weeks before I visited, the students had been studying “virtues” under the guidance of their teacher, Amy Sweet, who heard […]

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WTF? (or in other words…Where’s the Funding?)

One of the greatest challenges of creating work at the intersection of art and social justice is finding the resources — read funding — to produce it. The reality seems to be that art funders don’t seem to have much interest in this type of work and social justice funders are looking for measureable impacts […]

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