Friday, August 28, 2015

ACT/ART: Create. Engage.Change. and of course Vote!


The poster below is part of a nationwide poster competition hosted by Act/Art in partnership with the White House, bringing attention to crucial issues through the arts. By voting for this poster, you help it earn consideration for ACT/ART’s finalist exhibition.
Capturing the dynamism of contemporary art and its enormous impact on popular culture, ACT/ART provides a forum for artists and the public to engage in acts of creative expression–acts of art–that generate awareness, provoke dialogue, change perception, and evoke positive change around important social and public policy issues.
ACT/ART believes that all people are capable of creative expression, and that an act of art can be found in any public space or forum–in a gallery, on the street, or on social media. It can be a drawing or a photo, a performance or a hashtag. ACT/ART defines an act of art by one simple criterion: that it creates awareness in order to instigate positive and lasting social change.

ACT/ART is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that relies on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to support the development and presentation of our temporary exhibitions and outreach programs.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It's that time of the year again! Palm Beach Cultural Council is Accepting Nominations for the 2016 MUSE AWARDS!

Sharpen your pencils! The Cultural Council Of Palm Beach is requesting your nominations for the 2016 Muse Awards!
Who will you honor this year?

The Muse Awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their contributions to art and culture in Palm Beach County.

The Muse Award serves as a wonderful way of recognizing the dedicated arts leaders and volunteers in our community who are devoted to the arts. Funds raised from the gala directly affect the lives of Palm Beach County students by ensuring that they are exposed to art and culture.
This year’s theme of “Everything Old is New Again” will explore the transition of our arts and cultural heritage in Palm Beach County from the 1900s to present day. It will also explore how art forms have been influenced by the changing times and the convergence of traditional and contemporary styles.

Call for Nominations

Muse Award recipients will be chosen through a competitive nomination process. Each nomination will be reviewed and scored by judges who are artists, community leaders, past recipients and Cultural Council board members. Award recipients will be announced prior to the event. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 5 p.m..

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Allison Kotzig's Installation at ActivistArtistA Gallery Makes Cover of ART HABENS!

Congratulations to Allison Kotzig!

Read ART HABENS featured story here:

We are so very happy to announce that Alisson Kotzig's installation from 
the "Girl's School: A Political Disregard of a Gender Exhibition" at ActivistArtistA Gallery has been featured in
Art Habens Contemporary Art Review Magazine.

ActivistArtistA Gallery
410 West Industrial Ave.
Boynton Beach, Florida 33427  786-521-1199

Here's a bit about the exhibition in case you missed it......

The Girls' School was a multimedia fine art exhibition exploring the aggregate experiences of 5 artists. A four part interdisciplinary curriculum which included visual art, spoken work, music, and open mic, is an invitation to the community to look beneath the surface of what is called "gender politics" and to actively engage in the dialogue.

Curator, Rolando Chang Barrero of ActivistArtistA Gallery, provides the platform for featured artists include Alana DaCosta, Allison Kotzig, Dianne Rosenberg, Niki Lopez and Abby Funk to 
to share their collective experiences as women, as artists, as powerful advocates against the disregard of genders, but more importantly as human beings. 

This event marked the first of it's kind in the arts, the inclusion of trans-gender challenges for visibility in the arts and in our community. 

Gender is not just a biological definition: it also encompasses the idea of roles and identity in the community.

The question that ran through this exhibit was, "Are we are still falling short of the goal of true equality in today’s politically charged climate?"

The exhibition which set the stage for this dialogue provided an "open mic," for all to participate.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Youth Camp for Children Living in Poverty: First Visit to Boynton Beach Art District

RU Camp's latest road trip landed at the Boynton Beach Art District for a hands on experiential program that included a studio visit with Rolando Chang Barrero and an opportunity to paint alongside graffiti artists and muralist, RIPES and Mayer1 on their newest collaboration at the ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project located at the Boynton Beach Art District.

Over 20 excited children and volunteer adults zig zaged the state of Florida gathering members of the RU Camp for a dynamic and life affirming field trip! The celebration of life, love, and community was orchestrated by Ruben Saldaña and his volunteer staff of RU Camp.

Ruben Saldaña started the 100% volunteer camp as a result of his own experiences as youth that led him to 19 years of gang related activities which ultimately landed him in the prison system. He does not want this for the youth of today. Rounding up children, mom's, and of course a few cars Ruben sets his sights on places that kids can have experiential opportunity together and celebrate their lives.

From music to martial arts the trip exposes the children to a bright and broad horizon full of activities and memories to share for years.

After their tour of of the WPA inspired murals at BBAD the children were asked why did they thought they deserved this opportunity they answered----"We're Perfect, Whole, and Complete!" Yes, they are!

RU Camp's tagline "For Our Rising Troubled Youth," states it clearly, it is a program with a vision for the increasing number of troubled youth that result from poverty: A vision of joy, of laughter, and most of all community.
See more pictures of the trip here: Pictures of ActivistArtistA Bay Gates Project Are you interested in visiting the Boynton Beach Art District? Contact: Rolando Chang Barrero at Want to find out more about RU Camp? Contact: Ruben Saldaña at