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Friday, November 27, 2009
This is Yolanda from Repeat Boutique, we are planning an arts & craft expo for Dec. 19 and 20, to be held under a tent behind the shoppe at 1809 Central blvd. We are trying to fill 24 sections (10x10). So far we have approx. 8 spots taken with jewelry makers, stain glass artist, painters and some craftsy people. Should you know of anyone interested please send them my way. The spaces are $45.00 for 2 days. 9am to 4pm
Repeat Boutique - owner
956 541 7111 shoppe
956 456 9492 cell
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Just like anyone else that appreciates art, I still hold my opinions about Galeria 409 and shows that the Galeria 409 has produced, some have been to note, others have been disappointing in my perspective.. Not saying Galeria 409 is at fault for bad art or good art for that matter, simply everyone is free to make there own opinions.." An artist should never live in fear to express his thoughts as he produces his or her art, or what would be the purpose ?" . In example I think the iron sculptors of Wedgworth , which I like, in my opinion didn't exhibit well at the 409 . Something about the raw iron and raw scrapped brick walls, esthetically didn't sit well..
I still think and will continue to note some of the ideas of group shows, which allow open entry and ridiculous pricing, have been in my opinion its most downside. I still think its been poor judgement of Marks to not exhibit certain local artists, that may have only helped the quality of art exhibited. Again these are my opinions and I am happy to note them..
Most recently as you may have seen on previouse posts on public funding in the name of local art and culture, have brought me to great concern. A question I am currently asking is Galeria 409 in quest for public funding and pushing for non-profit ? and if it was what do you think and would you support the idea ? ...................I wouldn't, I think any local art gallery has a the potential of running as successful business, it all depends on the choices the owner makes. I think nonprofit in the name of art is the easy way out, and what may keep the quality of art from growing.
That said, I think ignoring local art or local exhibits and cutting off the dialogue going forward is not the way, as we continue to push to improve the quality and value of our local art.
"The Art of Brownsville......bigger than you think..SUPPORTING LOCAL ARTISTS SINCE 2003 ...well actually a little after that, it was kind of boring at the beginning"......gt
Monday, November 23, 2009
WHO IS Sergio Higareda ??
Why so much ?
Why not give the UTB Arts department FACULTY and STUDENTS the gig ?
AL GARZA, LUCY QUEZADA HOW MUCH DID THEY GET FOR THE MURALS THEY DID ???
Friday, November 20, 2009
Here is something thats out there available for the arts........"tax dollars"...WHHHAAATTT!!
How much money was available for 2010 and who or what has already been approved and or how was it distributed ???
And might as well ask was anyone denied ?
Does anyone know the answers?
(CAAC ) CULTURAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The City of Brownsville
February 18, 2009
Attached is the Fiscal Year 2010 Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee (CAAC) Application Packet. The City of Brownsville created the Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee through Resolution 2008-070 on August 5, 2008, and Resolution 2008-087 on October 7, 2008 to coordinate and oversee organizations funded from Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and general fund monies. The orientation meeting for the CAAC Board was held on October 25, 2008, and the Board has been working very hard since that time to develop a funding process that is fair and equitable. The Articles and Bylaws and the Funding process was approved by the City Commission on January 20, 2009.
Training for funding will be held on Tuesday, February 24th starting at 6pm located at City of Brownsville Human Resource Training Room, on the 4th floor of the Brownville City Hall, located at 1001 E. Elizabeth (10th & Elizabeth). In addition to street parking, a City of Brownsville Parking lot is located at 10th and St. Charles for your convenience. Please begin reviewing and working on the applications prior to the training so we may try to address issues at that time or immediately thereafter.
The Funding Application packet may also be obtained on-line on the CAAC website at www.cob.us/caac. The funding amount that will be approved for Fiscal Year 2010 will be posted on our website once the City of Brownsville Chief Financial Officer provides that amount to CAAC.
The deadline for submission is March 23, 2009 by 4pm to Room 230, City Hall, 1001 E. Elizabeth, Brownsville, Texas 78520. Please note that funds will not be available until October 1, 2009.
The Board is excited about this opportunity to act as a facilitator and clearinghouse for city funding and promotion for cultural activities in Brownsville. Please help us make this a successful endeavor for a better Brownsville.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 548-6006.
CITY OF BROWNSVILLE
CULTURAL AFFAIRS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
FISCAL YEAR 2010 PROGRAM GUIDELINES
The City of Brownsville has established a Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee (CAAC) to ensure that all Brownsville citizens and tourists have an opportunity to enjoy quality events and attractions in the City of Brownsville. One of the goals was to ensure that funding and contracting for these services through partnerships with non profit organizations effectively maximizes the use of these tax dollars, leverages external funding support and promotes economic development. All organizations performing cultural related activities including marketing thereof, for the City must also develop, implement and maintain operational policies that include measurable goals for the attraction of overnight visitors to the City of Brownsville. Effective management of funds will be monitored and evaluated by the CAAC and taken into consideration in the funding process.
This document contains guidelines, deadlines and application funding forms for the City of Brownsville hotel occupancy tax (HOT) and the general fund dollars for fiscal year (FY) 2010. This section provides a brief summary of all programs. Please refer to the appropriate sections of this guide for more detailed information and application form for each program.
Funding is awarded on a competitive basis through hotel occupancy tax (HOT) and general fund dollars for the following programs:
Operational Support Program
The Operational Support Program (OSP) provides funding to established non-profit cultural/heritage/arts organizations for operational costs for Fiscal Year 2010. There are 3 categories of support: general, marketing and utility.
1. General: Funding for general operations.
2. Marketing (Tourism Initiative Program-TIP): This category supports the marketing of City of Brownsville attractions and events as a part of the tourism industry using hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funding. This initiative supports projects that increase Brownsville visitors’ awareness and participation in the City’s attractions and events. The priority of this initiative is to attract and maintain overnight visitors to the City, encouraging extended stays and increased expenditures by visitors.
3. Utilities: Only organizations in city owned facilities are eligible for utility funding. All organizations receiving funding under this category must submit a “Green Practices” for their organization which promotes cost-effective energy savings in municipally owned buildings and facilities. Please see Green Office Practice tips in the Appendix.
Special Initiative Funding (SIF):
Special Initiative Funding provides funding for projects and events that are to be held during Fiscal Year 2010.
PEER PANEL REVIEW
Applications for the OSP and SIF are evaluated by a Peer Review Panel whose membership is taken from a list of qualified candidates nominated and selected by the Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee.
Panels include the following categories:
Visual Arts: Paintings, Photographs, Exhibits and Film
Performing Arts: Music, Dance & Theater
Multidisciplinary: Festivals, Cultural Events, Public Art, Storytelling; Readings
Historical Restoration and Preservation
Applicants must attend the Peer Review Panel meeting to present a brief organizational/project summary and to answer questions.
Organizations are encouraged to submit nominations for the Peer Review Panel. A Panel Nomination Form is included in this package or can be downloaded from the CAAC website: http://caac.cob.us by clicking on Funding Programs and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Applications must be hand delivered or received in the mail by 4pm on the deadline date to the following address:
City of Brownsville
1001 E. Elizabeth, Rm 230
Brownsville, Tx 78520
Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee (CAAC)
Board of Directors
Rochelle Mercedes Garza
Robert Louis Prepejchal
Peter J. Harris
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce President/CEO
United Way President/CEO
serving Brownsville, Texas
Enrich the cultural
experience for citizens &
tourists of Brownsville.
Ph. (956) 548-6006
Fax (956) 546-1612
1001 E. Elizabeth
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, TX 78522
TO NOTE :ON AUGUST 3, 2009
BARRY HORN SENT OUT WORD.......
A word from the Executive Director
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is the result of the dedication and inspiration of eight artists who gathered together almost 75 years ago in Brownsville to develop their artistic talents and to provide educational and exhibition opportunities. These eight women would marvel at their legacy.
The City of Brownsville has supported and valued the private efforts of the Museum founders and their many, many followers throughout the Museum's history. The Museum's new facility dedicated three years ago is an investment by the citizens of Brownsville with the Museum's Board of Trustees which allows the gifts of the founders to be shared by everyone in south Texas.
The City of Brownsville's Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee will present a recommendation to the City Commissioners and Mayor that promotes the cessation of City funding for operations of our Museum of Fine Art. This recommendation will be made at a special workshop on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at 4:25 p.m. prior to the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Please plan to join the Museum's Board of Trustees, Membership and staff at the Commissioners Meeting to demonstrate your support of your Museum. The Cultural Affairs Advisory Committee is charged to make a recommendation and does not determine policy. Policy is the responsibility of our elected leaders. Please plan to join us to show our leaders that the Museum has your support.
When? Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 4:25 p.m.
Where? City Administration Building (downtown Post Office Building) E. Elizabeth St. at E. 10th St; 2nd Floor
Executive Director, Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts
About the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art strives to contribute to the art education and cultural enrichment of the community, exhibit works of art, arrange for and offer educational programs for children and adults, and encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art throughout the community.
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
In the heart of the Mitte Cultural District
660 E. Ringgold St. · Brownsville, TX 78520 · (956) 542-0941
TAOB NOTES : WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY COMING FROM??? I THOUGHT WE WERE IN A RECESSION..??IT SEEMS THE CITY OF BROWNSVILLE IS BLOSSOMING AND PROSPERING... FOR THE SAKE OF THE ARTS....
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
1809 CENTRAL BLVD
OUR 7TH ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE
ON NOV. 19TH
FROM 10AM TO 9PM
ALL REG. PRICED ITEMS
AND WE’RE VERY HAPPY TO
ANNOUNCE OUR 2ND
FEATURING FINE ART
BY A LOCAL ARTIST
ART EXHIBIT AND HORS D’OEUVRE’S
FROM 6 – 9 PM
PARKING ALONGSIDE OUR BUILDING
AND NEXT DOOR AT THE BOARD OF REALTORS
FRONT AND REAR PARKING
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Art Gallery in the R u steberg B u ilding at U TB/TSC
“Line and Circle” Senior Show by Jose M. Parga and Christian E. Wilcox
· Location: The Art Gallery in the Rusteberg Building at UTB/TSC
80 Fort Brown, Brownsville, Texas 78520
· Exhibition: Runs from November 16 to December 4 , 2009
· Admission Fee: $1.00
· Opening reception: Monday, November 16, 2009: 6:30PM
University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southmost College seniors, Christian Edward Wilcox of Harlingen by way of San Antonio and Jose M. Parga of Matamoros will open their B.F.A show at the Gallery at Rusteberg. Wilcox describes his work, “The circular patterns present in my work can represent a variety of things. In some works they represent life energy. Vivid color is a prevalent factor in my work. The combination of competing color is generally how I determine my color palette,” Jose M. Parga says of art, “I have nothing against subject matter or people who use it in their work, for I have used myself, but I have found out that sometimes subject matter gets in the way of truly expressing yourself.” Both of these exemplary students will present their work at the opening of their show on Monday, November 16, 2009. Light refreshments will be served.
Celeste De Luna
80 Fort Brown
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I have found a jewel in the city I'm living in. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain and therefore makes it a city with many things to be discovered and enjoyed; it's a place where it's a real pleasure walking around its streets, parks, plazas, churches, medieval buildings, and on top of all going to its more than 40 art venues that hold first-class exhibits and where there are at least 3 openings a week with incredible artwork. Just to give an example, this week there will be two openings in the "ayuntamiento" (local government building); one group show of contemporary art by creators from the Comunidad Valenciana (state of Valencia) inside the palace, and one by Auguste Rodin outside in the plaza del ayuntamiento. This is a paradise for me: going to varied exhibits on a weekly basis that aside from appreciating the artwork itself, I learn so much by admiring from classical to contemporary art. I wouldn't have had the chance to live this dream overthere, even by attending every single show that opened in both Brownsville and Matamoros, and traveling to Houston and Monterrey every now and then and going to the Museum District downtown or MARCO and other galleries in the Mexican city.
The first art venue I attended in Valencia was the Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, the equivalent to a city's contemporary art museum, and its current exhibit "CONFINES." This show talked about the concept of borders, frontiers, limits, and everything around this issue represented in the most varied ways by notable artists from Spain and all over the world. The kind of pieces I saw made me aware of how broad the concept of limits is and how fascinating is to see how the artists perceive it in the most unusual ways that makes you look at their pieces in awe. I stood perplexed watching videoart about the theme "confines" and was especially a great surprise to see a video from argentinian artist Liliana Porter that I had seen at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City in a show they had devoted to the work of this amazing artist. However, what attracted me the most, among the four vast halls that held work contextualizing "confines" in different ways, was an installation that was especially created for this show in a big hall upstairs by a group of American contemporary artists and curated by Robert Wilson, where they took advantage of every single space going from the walls, to the floor and up the ceiling. It consisted of the most bizarre, erotic, pop-culture images and objects that took you to the extremes and shocked you from the moment you stepped into this hall, and tried to you experience all kinds of feelings. The link for the video of the installation "Visiones del Confín" appears below.
The artistic scene in Valencia is revitalizing for me; it keeps me wondering about the extraordinary things to come and has my eyes wide open. The Museo de Bellas Artes de Valencia in the next crónica. Bon dia.
Link to the museum's webpage: http://www.ivam.es/
Link to an article about the exhibit: http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2009/05/28/valencia/1243538650.html
Link to the video of the installation "Visiones del Confín": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i01FbIUZGp4
Sunday, November 01, 2009
a halloween sculpture
In tradition there is a big difference from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos... What do you celebrate ?
Yesterday on the radio I was hearing a debate on how Halloween had been gaining ground into border cities going down in to Mexico. It debated the idea about Halloween being very commercial and how it somehow corrupts the ideas of kids.
A very interesting debate I thought..
Living on the border perhaps people celebrate both. In my family as far as I can remember we have always celebrated both. I like the idea that the Cemetery Museum has created the Dia de los Muertos Festivities, where they teach the Dia de los Muertos traditions.
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