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Upstream Arts presents "Ready for Work" programs at Hennepin County Libraries

Upstream Arts presents “Ready for Work” programs at Hennepin County Libraries

This post was originally published on August 30, 2012. The mission of Upstream Arts is to enhance the lives of adults and youth with disabilities by fostering creative communication and social independence through the power of arts education. Upstream Arts was founded in 2006 by a professional theatre artist and an educator who successfully used...
"Stop, Look, Art" at Hennepin County Library

“Stop, Look, Art” at Hennepin County Library

Today we have the pleasure of talking with Christy Mulligan, Coordinating Librarian, Community Connections, at Hennepin County Library in Minnesota. She tells us about the fabulous Stop, Look, Art project at Hennepin County Library, which takes “art in the library” a step further by carefully documenting the art and artists, in partnership with community institutions....
"Unbinding the Library" at NYC's Elastic City

“Unbinding the Library” at NYC’s Elastic City

This post was originally published July 30, 2013.  Elastic City is a Brooklyn-based non-profit arts organization that commissions emerging and established artists to create participatory walks throughout New York and around the world. These walks tend to focus less on providing factual information and more on heightening awareness, exploring senses and making new group rituals...
Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

Figure/Ground at the Cleveland Public Library

This post was originally published July 2012. by Erinn Batykefer Cleveland Public Library’s See Also program is an innovative partnership with LAND Studio that brings a rotating suite of contemporary art installations to the library’s Eastman Reading Garden.  See Also is a clever pun that plays on a reference cataloging term; if you find it on a...
Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” at Madison Public Library

This post was originally published May 19, 2015 on tonemadison.com and is re-published on the Library as Incubator Project with permission from Tone Madison. Pull quotes here were chosen by LAIP editors.  Read the original article.  Anatomy of an art controversy: Mike Lroy’s “Don’t Shoot” The absurdity of reducing a painting to the fact that...
Scottish Poetry Library

Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is a remarkable place: something magical in the light, the disposition of the building, the acoustics, the ghosts of dead (but silently approving poets) and the astonishingly lovely and efficient staff. This never fails. I am gob-smacked by it: I have never known anywhere like it. ~Helena Nelson, poet and publisher,...
Reading Music: Local Musicians Answer Albany Public Library’s Call to Craft Literary Songs

Reading Music: Local Musicians Answer Albany Public Library’s Call to Craft Literary Songs

This post originally appeared in August 2014. Today’s feature comes to us from Albany Public Library’s Deanna DiCarlo (catch another feature by Deanna, about APL’s gallery and exhibition spaces). The library’s “Reading Music” challenge is a fantastic program that is a unique blend of literature and original music – and a lovely invitation for local...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Three

Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the Walker Art Center’s library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to host a new series on their work at the Walker Art Center. This is part 3; read the whole series here. Enjoy! ~Erinn Fluxus Club at the Walker...
"The Challenge of Painting" at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

“The Challenge of Painting” at Mid-Manhattan Library: An interview with Susan Bee

Today, Rebecca Rubenstein interviews the artist behind of a new show at NYPL’s Mid-Manhattan Library, where artist and librarian Arezoo Moseni regularly curates shows of community artists.  Don’t miss Rebecca’s other posts on library-as-incubator happenings in the NYC area! ~Erinn by Rebecca Rubenstein Susan Bee’s work brings a distinct style and pushes the boundaries of what a single painting can express through both...
Featuring: Anton Hecht and Flipbooks in Libraries

Featuring: Anton Hecht and Flipbooks in Libraries

Anton Hecht is a UK artist who makes work across platforms. His work to create “linked communities through art concepts and across art forms often with the inclusion of technology” is interesting to us for many reasons, but the project that really caught our eye is the Flipbooks in Libraries project. The Flipbooks in Libraries...
Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Two

Fluxus Club at the Walker Art Center: Part Two

Librarian Margit Wilson and artist Margaret Pezalla-Granlund teamed up to make the Walker Art Center’s library an active art space with Fluxus Club, and we’re delighted to host a new series on their work at the Walker Art Center. This is part 2; read the whole series here. Enjoy! ~Erinn Fluxus Club at the Walker...
Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

Johnson County Library’s elementia: A Short History of Collaboration & Inspiration

by Bryan Voell Johnson County (Kansas) Library’s elementia publication showcases the artistic and poetic talents of local teens. Published annually since the fall of 2005, it was born from the original visions of Teen Librarian Angel Dew in conjunction with Johnson County Library’s Young Adult Advisory Council (YAAC), Teen Poetry Café and other teen writing...