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Virtual art camp helps CCPS students learn coping skills, ease stress

Carroll County Public Schools is midway through hosting a five-week online "camp" for students called Art for Positive Power, in which art teachers and counselors create activities to teach students about dealing with stress and coping skills. Many of the middle-schoolers participating were offered a spot at the camp because they have faced loss or other traumatic events. Pupil Personnel Workers and other school staff who know their students well helped to recommend them. The art teachers and counselors meet with groups twice per week for five weeks over video chat. The meetings include instruction, time for individual work and time for discussion and sharing work. Their goal is to make it feel personal and connected even across the screen. Each of the campers came into the first day with a different level of comfort sharing their art. To serve as models, all of the teachers and counselors do the projects alongside the students. Students can

A Rush to Use Black Art Leaves the Artists Feeling Used

The streets of New York were crowded with protesters when Shantell Martin received an email from an ad agency last month. M:United, a firm owned by the global advertising company McCann, wanted to know if Ms. Martin, a Black artist, would be interested in creating a mural about the Black Lives Matter movement on Microsoft's boarded-up Fifth Avenue storefront. And could she do it, the email said, "while the protests are still relevant and the boards are still up, ideally no later than this coming Sunday?" Several other Black artists received the same email. In an open letter to Microsoft and McCann, Ms. Martin and the other artists described the invitation as "both shocking and somehow predictable." They also wrote that it "betrays a telling and dangerous opp ortunism." "In their rush to portray a public solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, companies risk reinscribing what got us all here: the instrumentalization and exploitation of

How to Explain the Intensity of the Post-Internet Art Scene + Two Other Illuminating Reads From Around the Web

Each week, countless articles, think pieces, columns, op-eds, features, and manifestos are published online—and any number cast new light on the world of art. Each Friday (when I can!), I pick out a few recent pieces that might inspire some larger discussion. " Influencing the Void " by Caroline Busta, Kaleidoscope In the Spring/Summer issue of the biannual Kaleidoscope mag, Caroline Busta has penned a fascinating and far-reaching essay on the waning influence of "art-world art" on the imagination. Bringing together a large number of phenomena, she writes: "The dissolution of generational art movements and regional scenes over the last decade, along with the dwindling cohesion of biennial-scale exhibitions, the decline in quality and volume of art media, art fair exhaustion, the consolidation of the blue-chip market, and the value spike in gatekeeper-befuddling KAWS-style art, attest to the fact that art-world influence has been post-peak since at leas

Bank earnings will deliver an upside surprise and help boost market, top strategist Art Hogan predicts

Earnings season may kick-off with an upside surprise. National Securities' Art Hogan is optimistic the banks' second quarter results will come in better than expected and help lift stocks. "I don't think expectations for bank earnings have ever been as low as they are coming into this quarter," the firm's chief market strategist told CNBC's " Trading Nation " on Monday." My guess is there's going to be more good news than bad news, and this is for a group that has priced in a lot of bad news." He lists three reasons why the biggest banks should beat. "What we're forgetting is banks that are involved in those things like trading and investment banking activities will probably see somewhere between 30% and 50% growth in those markets in the second quarter alone," Hogan said. He also points to strong activity in the U.S. corporate debt market, and mortgage demand. "Mortgage applications just flew

Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycaris Review – Not Quite Artful

Sword Art Online seems like a natural fit for a video game adaptation. After all, the source material revolves around in-universe video games already. Mechanics like leveling, health, and skill points are already built into the world and the stories. Adapting the series to the medium it's inspired by shouldn't be too difficult. But the results are a mixed bag. Mechanically, Alicization Lycaris is a pretty solid JRPG. The combat system revolves around your party, which consist of series protagonist Kurito, and a rotating cast of up to three supporting characters at a time. Each of the characters have different skills, proficiencies, and abilities. Balancing the different members of your party, and taking advantage of their different skills and weaknesses, is central to the combat system. "Adapting Sword Art Online series to the medium it's inspired by shouldn't be too difficult. But the results are a mixed bag." The mechanics here are pretty deep. Each

In a Time of Crisis, Is Art Essential?

For the last two summers, T has published an online art issue in which we celebrate artistic freedom in the face of overwhelming odds. Traditionally, these odds have revolved around an international supply chain largely fueled by greed: The small but powerful ecosystem that we refer to as "the art world" has always exploited artists to protect its profit margins. It goes without saying that this year, the stakes are different. This has been a summer of a global pandemic , of rent strikes and pr otests against state-sanctioned murder and inequality , of autocratic threats of violence from elected officials. All of us have been made to witness and reckon with the failure of our established systems of power. In the coming months, museums and galleries will try to find ways of safely keeping their doors open to the public, but as this process begins, I can't help but think of the footage of European soccer teams playing in empty arenas to a backing track of audience app

Art and activism in Richmond have long been intertwined. Nightly protests made that relationship more visible than ever.

A Richmond art organization is printing a message across the city: “DEFEND BLACK LIFE!” The phrase, often written in the negative space of a rainbow, can be seen printed on T-shirts and jackets, posters and banners throughout Richmond. Each one was printed by Studio Two Three, a Richmond grassroots organization that has held three free print events at the Lee monument â€" now known colloquially as the Marcus-David Peters Circle â€" in recent weeks. Studio Two Three’s staffers opted to use the phrase “DEFEND BLACK LIFE!” after Chelsea Higgs Wise, a prominent Richmond organizer and social worker, encouraged them to put something other than Black Lives Matter on their shirts. “That’s the most basic statement you can make, that Black lives matter,” explained the studio’s development director, Kate Fowler. “We’re entering into a space of calling for people to defend Black lives, to take an active position.” Along with hol