Hello From Orlando: Exploring Orlando’s Loch Haven Park: A Center Of Arts And Culture

On this overcast day we decided to explore other areas of Orlando in more detail. About 10 minutes north of downtown Orlando is Loch Haven Park, an area that holds a number of major attractions, including theOrlando Museum of Art, the Mennello Museum of American Art as well as the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center. We started our exploration off with a trip to the Leu Botanical Gardens. The centerpiece of the gardens is the Leu House Museum, a restored farmhouse dating back to 1888. It is located on Lake Rowena, one of the hundreds of lakes in Orlando, and surrounded by a 50 acre garden of roses, palms and camellias. The complex also features an orchid house with one of the best collections of orchids in the United States. The Leu Botanical Gardens also offer a new tropical stream garden, a kitchen garden complete with herbs and vegetables and a butterfly garden. Just 10 minutes away is Loch Haven Park, one of Orlando’s centers of art, culture, and science. One of the main attractions is Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), one of Florida’s cultural gems and a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. The collection features American art from the 19th century to the present, African art and art of the ancient Americas. Outstanding temporary exhibitions are drawn from private collections and those of the world’s great museums. The upcoming exhibition at the OMA is called the “The Art of the Motorcycle”. Based on the landmark Guggenheim Museum exhibition, it explores the motorcycle as both cultural icon and design achievement and offers a thought-provoking challenge to conventional assumptions about art and popular culture in the modern age. The exhibition will run from Jan. 22 – July 23, 2006 and feature more than 70 historic and contemporary motorcycles. The Mennello Museum of American Art is centered around the Museum’s outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham (1893-1977). It also houses special exhibitions, publications, and programs that celebrate outstanding traditional and contemporary Amercian artists. The Museum’s Cunningham collection was donated by collectors Marilyn and Michael Mennello of Winter Park, Florida, and was opened to the public on Nov. 22, 1998. The Orlando Science Center includes ten themed exhibit halls with a large variety of interactive activities for children and adults. A CineDome Planetarium shows large format films and an Adventure Theater as well as five Discovery Laboratories can keep everyone busy for hours. In total the Science Center has four levels of hands-on exhibits, a 200-seat cafe, 7,000 square feet of exhibition space for national and international traveling exhibits. The Orlando Science Center is open Monday to Thursdays from 9 am to 5 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 9 pm, and Sundays from noon to 5 pm. The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is a non-profit professional theater that produces professional productions of Shakespeare, classics and contemporary plays, as well as plays for young audiences. The group also develops new plays from readings through World Premieres and fosters innovative educational programs to serve the community. As a professional theatre for family audiences in partnership with UCF, Orlando Repertory Theatre (The Rep) opened its doors on October 9, 2003. The theatre focusses on classic and contemporary children’s literature. It is a place where young audiences can come and experience the adventure and creative wonder of watching their favorite characters come to life. Loch Haven’s cultural offerings continue with the annual Orlando International Fringe Festival of theatrical performances. The 10-day, world-renowned festival showcases original works; premiere performances; and first-class improvisational comedy, musicals, drama, mime and dance in 500 shows by more than 300 performers from around the world. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is Central Florida’s resident orchestra, appearing in more than 105 performances each season. As a fully professional ensemble, the Orlando Philharmonic engages the talents of more than 80 professional musicians from around the globe. The Philharmonic‘s mission is to foster and promote symphonic music through excellence in performance, education and cultural leadership. For general information about Orlando please contact the Orlando Visitors and Convention Bureau. This entire article including photos is located at http://www.travelandtransitions.com/stories_photos/orlando_loch_haven_park.htm Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=164292&ca=Travel

Rajasthan Tours: Heritage, Arts and Culture of Exotic Desert Scenery

Travel to Rajasthan, the desert city of one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Unravel the beauty of the sun kissed Thar Desert that illustrates the splendid beauty of the magnificent land. The heritage hotels, safaris, mystic forts, glorious palaces and various other tourist destinations of Rajasthan conquer the beauty of the land with immense honour and felicity. The land of princes proffers its guests with unlimited options of ringing beauty and tranquillity through several historical forts built in different and brilliant architecture. Some of the most famous forts are not just forts in structure but excellent pieces of art and skills of the artisans whose hard work went into their making. Rajasthan tour offers some of the most unforgettable moments to seek a versatile and beautiful land through various Rajasthan tour packages like Rajasthan Safari Tour, Rajasthan Cultural Tours, Rajasthan Heritage Tours, Rajasthan Wildlife Tours, Royal Rajasthan Tours, Rural Rajasthan Tours, Rajasthan Camel Safari and Desert Travel Packages, Rajasthan Tribal Tours, Rajasthan Pilgrimage Tours, Rajasthan Forts and Palaces Tour, Palace On Wheels Tours, Rajasthan With North India Tours and more. Being one of the largest states in India, Rajasthan is a well-known tourist attraction and it owes this attribute to the denizens of Rajasthanis who have contributed to preserving the culture and traditions of the land. The forts and palaces of the land inspire the legendary kinds with whose help Rajasthan has acquired the true essence of colour and culture. Several tourist attractions circumscribe the saga of the historical land. The tour packages that are offered by the tourism department of Rajasthan, underline each aspect of the beauty of Rajasthan in a peculiar way. Each one of the packages brings about a different set of experiences to the people, which will be memorable and charging. The Rajasthan wildlife tour packages provide the best option to those who love to be close to nature and take the guests to some of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves in India and the world. The cultural and heritage tours of Rajasthan give the people the opportunity to get an insight into the rich culture, heritage, tradition and the glorious past of the land. They promise to take you through those times that have chased the footsteps of the mighty rulers. The village tours of Rajasthan open the doors to a completely new world of village lifestyle that is traditional, indigene and rare to discover. The custom and tradition of these villages are so rooted to the land’s pride and honour that no foreign element has been able to shake them out. The Rajasthan desert tour packages are overwhelmingly beautiful as they help you plunge your feet into the golden sands of the sun-soaked deserts and experience the true colour of Rajasthan. Rajasthan tour packages are the most reasonably affordable and comfortable options to choose from if you are planning for a memorable and relaxing vacation in India during your holidays. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=515486&ca=Travel

A Commitment to Culture: The Museum of Islamic Arts in Qatar

One of the newest establishments in Qatar serves as one of the most inspirational projects in Doha. The newly built Museum of Islamic Art is definitely a spot to pay attention to. Apparently, the people in Doha can not only boast of the museum’s splendid architectural design and built. Instead, they can be exceptionally proud of the traits and values that the building reflects. Basically, the structure was built in order to provide a center for excellence in the education and cultural sector of the city. In addition to that, the museum also clearly reflects the commitment and vision of the State of Qatar towards the continuous development and improvement of not just Doha’s culture, but that of the other countries as well. The Museum of Islamic Arts proves to be a very stunning area where cultural and historical values abound. It not only caters the wondrous riches offered by Qatar. Instead, its hosts an extensive set of Islamic treasures from around the globe. The spot holds an estimate of 5,000 square meters for its exhibition area. In addition to that, it also has more than adequate spaces allotted for education areas, conservation spots, and presentation galleries. In order to successfully form the awe-inspiring sight of the Museum, it took the knowledge and the skills of the most credible minds in the field of architectural design. The most distinguished of which is the Chinese American architect Leoh Min Pei, who is more popular by his career name, I. M. Pei. A world renowned architect, Pei was also the one who designed the Louvre in Paris. At the age of 90, Pei was more than in his retirement age. However, it will definitely take more than old age in order to stop Pei from creating splendid architectural masterpieces. For his latest work of art, Pei got his inspiration from a number of great Islamic buildings that mushroomed around the globe. These included the Ibn Tulun’s mosque that is situated in Egypt, and the Al Hambra Palace that is in Spain. From these architectural patterns and ideas, Pei was successful in creating the imposing white structure that strongly depicted an artistic combination of the classical and modern Islamic structures. Complementing the goal of the state of Qatar, the museum was designed to be a centerpiece in the nation’s strategy to be a well acknowledged tourist spot. The place employs almost two hundred museum personnel in order to ensure that Islamic culture is served at its very best. In the near future, the state of Qatar hopes that the Museum will work in collaboration with the three other national museums that will be constructed within the area of the famous Doha Harbor. Aside from being a cultural project worthy of utmost attention in the state of Qatar, the Museum of Islamic Arts is also in the list of the most important and epic buildings of its type around the globe. Because of its splendid architectural designs, it is often regarded as one of the highly distinguished man made marvels in the whole of the Middle East. Without any doubt, the museum deserves its title as a structure of exceptional quality. With this museum, along with other cultural centers that will be built in the near future, the state of Qatar hopes that it can achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a top destination spot for cultural excellence. The construction of the museums will be complemented with the establishment of universities and the reformation of the country’s educational system. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=329514&ca=Travel

The Beatles’ nest- Liverpool, is regarded as one of the top tourist spots around the globe. If you are planning to go on a splendid adventure to explore culture, then Liverpool should be on the top of your list. Known as the United Kingdom’s Capital of Culture, Liverpool boasts of its many spots that define tradition and traces history. It features awe inspiring cultural attraction in almost every corner. Whether you are a traveler in search for a sense of inspiration, an adventurer in search of an enriching experience or a wanderer who just wants to see the world, Liverpool has the right spots and places for you. Liverpool is home for much world class architecture consisting of about 2,500 buildings. Just like the famous Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza, this city’s set of buildings and waterfront are acknowledged as one of the natural and cultural World Heritage Sites. The said heritage site covers the waterfront from Albert Dock, running through The Pier up to the famous Stanley Dock, including a good number of historic commercial districts in the area. It stretches as far as the Rope Walks area and the cultural quarter where St. George’s Hall reigns as the major attraction. However, one should note that the wonders of Liverpool should not be mistaken for the World Heritage Site alone for in and around this city, you will be surprised with the cultural wonders that await you. Among the top visited sites in the city that combine art and religiosity are two cathedrals. Both Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and its Metropolitan Cathedral have been known to be fine attractions for eyes hungry of internationally acclaimed architecture. These cathedrals and other places of worship depicts Liverpool’s acceptance for religious diversity which has always been present due to the comings and goings of migrants in its famous docks. Aside from the cathedrals, Liverpool boasts of many fine cultural gems within the William Brown Street better known as the Cultural Quarter. The street houses The William Brown Library, Walker Art Gallery, and the World Museum Gallery. Together with the beautiful St, George’s Hall, these buildings are famous neo-classical edifices. If you are in for a tour of Liverpool’s fine early beginnings, then take a walk in that area and find the World Museum Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. For sure, you would find a splendid experience that will qualify as your latest cultural feat. A visit to Liverpool is incomplete without dropping by at the Pier Head where the most striking and famous buildings are located: Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. If you are in for a more contemporary cultural quest, then you must consider spending a day or two at Liverpool’s The World of Glass. The place which offers countryside culture matched with a vibrant life at night and a pulsating set of sporting events is nestled between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Another must visit around Liverpool that offers its guests with a peek into history, and to that of the world of sports is Halton. The towns and villages of Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Daresbury and Moore belong to this city’s must-venture-to list.

Acts alone do not help in the marketing or prevention of a culture from heading to rack and ruin. The hapless condition of our Music & Culture is a glaring example of governmental apathy and neglect. In accordance to a report prepared by UNESCO, the Punjabi language will disappear from the planet in 50 years. Our language, dialects, and specifically 1 of the oldest, enduring abundant heritages of music, is decaying.We ourselves are discouraging our youngsters from opting for arts, culture & music as a job. Envious of the progeny of our nearest & dearest ones learning medicine, engineering or IT, we force our children to pick the very same career, which they might be least interested in. We don’t want our young children to be what they desire to be, and wherever they can excel somewhat we wish them to be, what they don’t want to be and remain regular. We want to create physicians, engineers and managers at the charge of our great tradition of arts and culture. This is a catastrophic development.We are ignoring audio, arts & culture education at the main level, secondary degree, and undergraduate stage. In India songs is furnished really tiny assistance as an academic subject matter, and audio teachers really feel that they need to actively look for better public endorsement for music training as a reputable issue of study. For this reason, songs advocacy is to be promoted significantly. It is our collective obligation to protect our inheritance and to build it into a rich legacy for long term generations.Modernity does not make custom redundant. We are the offspring of a complicated and wealthy culture, and new music has played a essential position in synthesizing it. It merits a lot more than a disinterested glance by the authorities in schools and universities. 1 is astonished at their callousness and really dumbfounded at their ignorance when they discuss of abolishing the topic from their syllabus. They argue that ‘unnecessary’ topics call for financial props and they want to save their beloved nation some significantly required dollars. We are not the victims of any financial crisis but of pure, unalloyed prejudice. Who will take up cudgels on behalf of us musicians who languish on the dusty shelves of modern schooling in India?Of course, a new training policy has been announced by our Govt. Sadly, only technologies, polytechnics, industry linked teaching centers, medicine, management and so on. have been the point of discussion. What about our culture, arts and new music? Philosophers and pedagogues variously define training. This is stated to be the sum complete of a man’s character. Schooling in the Indian tradition is not just a means of earning a residing nor is it only a nursery of believed or a college for citizenship. It is initiation into the lifestyle of spirit, a teaching of the human soul in the pursuit of fact, and the practice of virtue. Nonetheless in the current context it is a implies to earn one’sresiding. Education really should not just be handled as a signifies of empowering men and women to get work opportunities for livelihood. The Indian Schooling Commission (1964-66) asserted that training ought to be associated to the daily life, needs and aspirations of the people and thus created a strong instrument of social financial and cultural transformation.Audio has also remained the victim of State Govt.’s horrendous apathy and neglect. As the result of the deliberate, inexplicable intentions of the Punjab Govt. posts of lecturers in music from numerous Federal government Schools like Govt. Barjindra Collge, Faridkot, were abolished. They declared that such topics have been an unneeded surplus and a drain on the treasury. Later on on, following an agitation by the Pupil and Instructor Unions of Punjab, and retaining in watch the upcoming elections, the Govt. of Punjab changed its thoughts and a couple of posts have been reinstated.Our academia in India has failed to attract college students who are genuinely interested in new music. Daily life has transformed in the very last decade. We cannot apply the very same decadent vision to our education system. Our educational institutes are offering the identical outdated fashioned, hackneyed, outmoded two/3 year programs & examination plans in arts, culture and songs. A revision is obligatory and it ought to be accepted with no any raising of eyebrows. We will have to design new state-of-the-art curricula to urge students in the direction of the study of art & culture, specially music.The United States of The united states and some of the European Nations have outlined Nationwide Standards for arts Training to be followed by every pupil and instructor at the major level, as nicely as the secondary degree art training. • Students need to be in a position to talk at a basic stage in the 4 arts disciplines-dance, songs, theatre, and the visual arts.  • Students really should bein a position to talk proficiently in at least one artwork type.  • Students need to be ready to create and existing standard analyses of functions of art.  • Students really should have an informed acquaintance with exemplary works of artwork from a range of cultures and historical durations.  • Students really should be in a position to relate numerous types of arts, knowledge, and expertise inside and across the arts disciplines.There is a set of national standards in songs schooling also, which most teachers adhere to: • Singing alone and with other people, a varied repertoire of songs.  • Performing on instruments, alone and with other folks, a varied repertoire of audio. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.  • Composing and arranging new music in specified tips.  • Reading and notating new music.  • Listening to, analyzing, and describing songs.  • Evaluating new music and audio performances.  • Understanding relationships amongst new music, the arts, and other disciplines exterior the arts.The Indian Authorities and personal institutions really should also include these musical criteria in their Schooling system. Teachers should create these specifications in classrooms starting in a kindergarten common audio class, and ending in undergraduate degree general, band, choral, or orchestral classes.In today’s ‘global village’ scenario, the larger schooling technique of establishing nations like us ought to seek integration with universal studying. The notion of internationalization of larger training in syllabi, teaching and research should be implemented. Our institutes ought to introduce some new ultra modern courses in music.Little duration Programs:Music playing and effectiveness courses need to be presented at school level, e.g. Guitar/Sitar/Tabla Intermediate (duration three months), Audio effectiveness, Flute Ensemble and so forth. three months duration Courses in distinct instruments like Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Sarangi, Flute, Violin, Guitar, Synthesizer, Drums etc. Distinct courses in diverse genres ought to be provided e.g. Classical, Folk, Globe Audio, Fusion, Bollywood, Light Music, Western including Center Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela, Rock, Grind core, Heavy Metal, Punk, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Rap, Jazz, Electronica, Break defeat, Drum & Bass, Ambient, Electro, Down tempo, Electro, Property, Trance, Techno, UK Garage, Reggae, Calypso and so on.We need to host in our university, graduate and undergraduate packages in musicology, evolutionary musicology, ethnomusicology, bio-musicology, songs technology, zoo-musicology, songs treatment, musilanguage, and songs education.Courses in Musicology (Socio-musicology, Zoo-musicology and Evolutionary Musicology): like:Music Archeology, Audio Appreciation, Introduction to Musicology, Methodology (study strategies) ofAudio, Philology of New music, Orchestration, Counterpoint and Fugue, Acoustics of New music, Aesthetic Philosophy, Composer or Genre, Subjects in Audio Literature, Introduction to Audio Bibliography.Programs in Zoo musicology: including:Fundamentals of Sound and Audio of the Earth, World Music Principle and Musicianship, Musical Cultures of the Globe, World Audio Effectiveness Organizations, Psychology of Music, Experimental Study in Music, Anthropology of New music, Music of distinct countries, Music and Thoughts, Historical Readings in Ethnomusicology, Content Culture of Music, Interpretive Theories and Songs.Programs in New music Technological innovation: such as:Diploma Program in Imaginative Sound Engineering & New music Technological innovation, Diploma in Audio & Music Manufacturing, Live Sound Courses, Audio Creating, New music Business, New music Publishing.Songs Treatment Programs:A university in Australia is supplying a course in Music Remedy which includes: – Apps of Songs in Treatment (little one clientele, adult consumers, contemporary contexts), Research in Audio Remedy, New music Psychology Analysis, Songs Treatment Capabilities (guitar, voice, groups and verbal counseling skills, improvisation capabilities, doing work toward performance and songwriting, vocal improvisation, receptive approaches), Clinical Teaching in Songs Therapy, Guided imagery and audio (remedy that combines music and deep relaxation states to investigate and guide ideas and feelings).New music Education programs:This system really should be developed to improve the understanding, expertise and knowing of the two latest and potential audio educators. One can understand through academic study and practice inside an global context.Establishments ought to commence providing programs which are universally identified and acclaimed. Each program must offer an possibility for all various types of musicians to pursue theirvery own operate. A pupil really should also learn about the wider context of new music. One particular of the major aims of the program should be to facilitate students’ knowing of their contemporary musical globe, in short its wide historical and modern context. At the identical time, New music Diploma pathways should give significant crossovers and chance for collaboration, so that a pupil is enabled to explore and use the most innovative techniques of modern new music. All through the course, a college student ought to be encouraged to choose his/her personal place of focus and discover his/her personal distinctive musical personality. This individual evolution of prospective will simply lead to a body of composition, effectiveness or written work that will, in flip, open doors equally to present profession paths and the creation of new market niches. A creative vocational approach arms graduates with diversity of experience, backed with a powerful talent base and theoretical underpinning. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=775080&ca=Entertainment

Liverpool Teems With Arts and Culture

The Beatles’ nest- Liverpool, is regarded as one of the top tourist spots around the globe. If you are planning to go on a splendid adventure to explore culture, then Liverpool should be on the top of your list. Known as the United Kingdom’s Capital of Culture, Liverpool boasts of its many spots that define tradition and traces history. It features awe inspiring cultural attraction in almost every corner. Whether you are a traveler in search for a sense of inspiration, an adventurer in search of an enriching experience or a wanderer who just wants to see the world, Liverpool has the right spots and places for you. Liverpool is home for much world class architecture consisting of about 2,500 buildings. Just like the famous Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza, this city’s set of buildings and waterfront are acknowledged as one of the natural and cultural World Heritage Sites. The said heritage site covers the waterfront from Albert Dock, running through The Pier up to the famous Stanley Dock, including a good number of historic commercial districts in the area. It stretches as far as the Rope Walks area and the cultural quarter where St. George’s Hall reigns as the major attraction. However, one should note that the wonders of Liverpool should not be mistaken for the World Heritage Site alone for in and around this city, you will be surprised with the cultural wonders that await you. Among the top visited sites in the city that combine art and religiosity are two cathedrals. Both Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral and its Metropolitan Cathedral have been known to be fine attractions for eyes hungry of internationally acclaimed architecture. These cathedrals and other places of worship depicts Liverpool’s acceptance for religious diversity which has always been present due to the comings and goings of migrants in its famous docks. Aside from the cathedrals, Liverpool boasts of many fine cultural gems within the William Brown Street better known as the Cultural Quarter. The street houses The William Brown Library, Walker Art Gallery, and the World Museum Gallery. Together with the beautiful St, George’s Hall, these buildings are famous neo-classical edifices. If you are in for a tour of Liverpool’s fine early beginnings, then take a walk in that area and find the World Museum Liverpool, Tate Liverpool, and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. For sure, you would find a splendid experience that will qualify as your latest cultural feat. A visit to Liverpool is incomplete without dropping by at the Pier Head where the most striking and famous buildings are located: Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. If you are in for a more contemporary cultural quest, then you must consider spending a day or two at Liverpool’s The World of Glass. The place which offers countryside culture matched with a vibrant life at night and a pulsating set of sporting events is nestled between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester. Another must visit around Liverpool that offers its guests with a peek into history, and to that of the world of sports is Halton. The towns and villages of Runcorn, Hale, Widnes, Daresbury and Moore belong to this city’s must-venture-to list. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=288950&ca=Culture

How Atlanta Got So High on Art: The Birthing of an Industrious Art Culture

In the course of listening to artists talk about Atlanta’s art scene, a common question calls out, “Why is Atlanta’s art scene the way it is?” The Orly Field plane crash in Paris claimed the lives of 106 of Atlanta’s most influential art patrons in 1962, but what makes that such a significant event? We are very fortunate that Crannell published a historical account of art activities in Atlanta from 1847 to 1926 detailing the events leading up to the establishment of Atlanta’s first art museum in 1926.

In 1847 the newly named city of Atlanta tied together by railroad tracks and cotton was home to a mere 2,000 people, two hotels, a church, a bank and three newspapers. There was a general lack of direction and organization in the city. The city’s elite were self-made and business-oriented without a sense for establishing cultural standards. Consistency in government was lacking as the mayors did not serve multi-year terms during the first 27 years of the city. Streets and buildings were constructed without regard to planning or design. Life is Atlanta was consumed by building business and making a profit, not establishing culture.

Fortunately, those early newspapers were a guiding force in promoting the arts. The belief reinforced by the local editors and writers placed “art [as] a refining influence on the individual and the community at large, and that by embracing it, owning it and being exposed to it would lead to ‘culture.'” Atlanta’s theatrical scene was rowdy and unsophisticated. Culture and refinement were needed as instruments for social order.

In those early days there was evidence of arts patronage. There were public and private art teachers like Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Bramuller and practicing artists like Willis Buell, Joseph Van Stavoren, John Maier and C.W. Dill; but most were bi-vocational. The rise of panoramas or “moving pictures” in the late 1850s presented the first means of cultivating a more serious arts culture. A panorama was a long canvas that unrolled across a stage as a commentator or musician added to the experience. The art auction was introduced because of its success in Europe at the time. An exhibition of art preceded the auction allowing one week for the ladies of the community to view works and encourage their husbands on which works to make bids. The press continued to reinforce the understanding that the acquisition of art would lead to self-improvement and culture. The newspapers provided endorsements that “all who can afford them, should have pictures because they are pleasing to the mind, softening and humanizing to the heart and educate as well as books.”

In the 1880s several factors that created great enthusiasm for art including the International Cotton Exposition of 1881, the Art Loan of 1882, the Piedmont Exposition of 1887 and a visit by Oscar Wilde in July of 1882. The exposition of 1881 helped launch a spirit of optimism among a growing city of 37,000 about the progress the South had made since the War Between the States. The display of art at these exhibitions was done under the art direction of Horace Bradley, an artist and organizer who was held in high regard for maintaining a spirit of excellence. He traveled the world to bring back great art treasures to the city. Oscar Wilde’s speech in Atlanta carried the mantle of the Aesthetic Movement as part of an 18-month tour across the cities of American. He exhorted people “to love art for its own sake and… all things that you need will be added to you.” His presence in Atlanta gave the newspapers the fuel they needed to move the city toward culture in the era of the “New South.”

Building on the foundation of many cultural achievements by these and others, nine socially prominent women came together in 1903 and put forth a petition to begin an organization with the expressed goal of establishing Bradley’s vision of an art school and art museum in Atlanta-the Atlanta Art Association. Until May 8, 1926 there had been no philanthropic gifts large enough to create such a center until Mrs. Joseph Madison (Hattie) High presented her 27,000 square foot home at 1262 Peachtree for use as a museum. While coming much later than other cities, Mrs. High’s gift dwarfed the museums already existing in Nashville, Charleston and Savannah.

A city that began with a rowdy industrious spirit and without a leisure class was shaped by a handful of cultural activists who made progress over the course of 80 years with the aid of philanthropists, journalistic evangelists and committed art organizers. With only a modest 36-year heritage under its belt since the establishment of this new art museum, the cultural slate was wiped clean in 1962 leaving a new generation of pioneers to rise to the challenge of moving culture forward.

Allen Rodi is a Guru, Storyteller and leader of the FrogShway. He lives in Marietta, GA and is actively organizng a community of creatives foster the revolution of art and sprituality. He helps connect artists to opportunities in the ATL and beyond by providing services to help artists market their work. He is the authored eight issues of the highly popular newsletter, The Rodi Connection which told the stories behind the work of emerging and successful local artists. Today he woks with local sculptor Beau Smith making and marketing sculpture and advancing spiritual thoughts connected with art and truth through the FrogShway http://www.FrogShway.com

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A Prayer & Plea For Indian Arts, Culture & Music

Acts alone do not help in the promotion or prevention of a culture from going to rack and ruin. The hapless condition of our Music & Culture is a glaring example of governmental apathy and neglect. According to a report prepared by UNESCO, the Punjabi language will disappear from the world in 50 years. Our language, dialects, and specially one of the oldest, enduring rich heritages of music, is decaying.

We ourselves are discouraging our children from opting for arts, culture & music as a career. Envious of the progeny of our nearest & dearest ones studying medicine, engineering or IT, we force our children to pick the same career, which they may be least interested in. We don’t want our children to be what they wish to be, and where they can excel; rather we wish them to be, what they don’t want to be and remain average. We want to create doctors, engineers and managers at the cost of our fine tradition of arts and culture. This is a catastrophic development.

We are ignoring music, arts & culture education at the primary level, secondary level, and undergraduate level. In India music is provided very little support as an academic subject, and music teachers feel that they must actively seek greater public endorsement for music education as a legitimate subject of study. Hence, music advocacy is to be promoted significantly. It is our collective responsibility to preserve our inheritance and to develop it into a rich legacy for future generations.

Modernity does not make tradition redundant. We are the offspring of a complex and rich culture, and music has played a crucial role in synthesizing it. It merits more than a disinterested glance by the authorities in colleges and universities. One is amazed at their callousness and quite dumbfounded at their ignorance when they talk of abolishing the subject from their syllabus. They argue that ‘unnecessary’ subjects require monetary props and they want to save their beloved country some much needed cash. We are not the victims of any financial crisis but of pure, unalloyed prejudice. Who will take up cudgels on behalf of us musicians who languish on the dusty shelves of modern education in India?

Of course, a new education policy has been announced by our Govt. Sadly, only technology, polytechnics, industry linked training centers, medicine, management etc. have been the point of discussion. What about our culture, arts and music? Philosophers and pedagogues variously define education. This is said to be the sum total of a man’s character. Education in the Indian tradition is not merely a means of earning a living; nor is it only a nursery of thought or a school for citizenship. It is initiation into the life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth, and the practice of virtue. However in the present context it is a means to earn one’s living. Education should not merely be treated as a means of empowering people to get jobs for livelihood. The Indian Education Commission (1964-66) asserted that education ought to be related to the life, needs and aspirations of the people and thereby made a powerful instrument of social economic and cultural transformation.

Music has also remained the victim of State Govt.’s horrendous apathy and neglect. As the result of the deliberate, inexplicable intentions of the Punjab Govt. posts of lecturers in music from various Government Colleges like Govt. Barjindra Collge, Faridkot, were abolished. They declared that such subjects were an unnecessary surplus and a drain on the treasury. Later on, following an agitation by the Student and Teacher Unions of Punjab, and keeping in view the upcoming elections, the Govt. of Punjab changed its mind and a few posts were reinstated.

Our academia in India has failed to attract students who are genuinely interested in music. Life has changed in the last decade. We cannot apply the same decadent vision to our education system. Our educational institutes are offering the same old fashioned, hackneyed, outmoded two/three year courses & examination programs in arts, culture and music. A revision is mandatory and it should be accepted without any raising of eyebrows. We will have to design new state-of-the-art curricula to urge students towards the study of art & culture, especially music.

The United States of America and some of the European Countries have outlined National Standards for arts Education to be followed by every student and teacher at the primary level, as well as the secondary level art education.

– Students should be able to communicate at a basic level in the four arts disciplines-dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
– Students should be able to communicate proficiently in at least one art form.
– Students should be able to develop and present basic analyses of works of art.
– Students should have an informed acquaintance with exemplary works of art from a variety of cultures and historical periods.
– Students should be able to relate various types of arts, knowledge, and skills within and across the arts disciplines.

There is a set of national standards in music education also, which most teachers adhere to:

– Singing alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.
– Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
– Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
– Reading and notating music.
– Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
– Evaluating music and music performances.
– Understanding relationships between music, the arts, and other disciplines outside the arts.

The Indian Government and private institutions should also include these musical standards in their Education system. Teachers should establish these standards in classrooms beginning in a kindergarten general music class, and ending in undergraduate level general, band, choral, or orchestral classes.

In today’s ‘global village’ scenario, the higher education system of developing nations like us must seek integration with universal learning. The concept of internationalization of higher education in syllabi, teaching and research should be implemented. Our institutes must introduce some new ultra modern courses in music.

Small duration Courses:

Music playing and performance courses should be offered at college level, e.g. Guitar/Sitar/Tabla Intermediate (duration 3 months), Music performance, Flute Ensemble etc. 3 months duration Courses in different instruments like Sitar, Tabla, Harmonium, Sarangi, Flute, Violin, Guitar, Synthesizer, Drums etc. Different courses in different genres should be offered e.g. Classical, Folk, World Music, Fusion, Bollywood, Light Music, Western including Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Opera, Operetta, Zarzuela, Rock, Grind core, Heavy Metal, Punk, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Rap, Jazz, Electronica, Break beat, Drum & Bass, Ambient, Electro, Down tempo, Electro, House, Trance, Techno, UK Garage, Reggae, Calypso etc.

We must host in our college, graduate and undergraduate programs in musicology, evolutionary musicology, ethnomusicology, bio-musicology, music technology, zoo-musicology, music therapy, musilanguage, and music education.

Courses in Musicology (Socio-musicology, Zoo-musicology and Evolutionary Musicology): including:

Music Archeology, Music Appreciation, Introduction to Musicology, Methodology (research methods) of Music, Philology of Music, Orchestration, Counterpoint and Fugue, Acoustics of Music, Aesthetic Philosophy, Composer or Genre, Topics in Music Literature, Introduction to Music Bibliography.

Courses in Zoo musicology: including:

Fundamentals of Sound and Music of the World, World Music Theory and Musicianship, Musical Cultures of the World, World Music Performance Organizations, Psychology of Music, Experimental Research in Music, Anthropology of Music, Music of different countries, Music and Mind, Historical Readings in Ethnomusicology, Material Culture of Music, Interpretive Theories and Music.

Courses in Music Technology: including:

Degree Course in Creative Sound Engineering & Music Technology, Degree in Audio & Music Production, Live Sound Courses, Music Writing, Music Business, Music Publishing.

Music Therapy Courses:

A university in Australia is offering a course in Music Therapy which includes: – Applications of Music in Therapy (child clients, adult clients, contemporary contexts), Research in Music Therapy, Music Psychology Research, Music Therapy Skills (guitar, voice, groups and verbal counseling skills, improvisation skills, working toward performance and songwriting, vocal improvisation, receptive methods), Clinical Training in Music Therapy, Guided imagery and music (therapy that combines music and deep relaxation states to explore and guide thoughts and feelings).

Music Education courses:

This program should be designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and understanding of both current and prospective music educators. One can learn through academic study and practice within an international context.

Institutions must start offering courses which are universally recognized and acclaimed. Each course must provide an opportunity for all different kinds of musicians to pursue their own work. A student should also learn about the wider context of music. One of the primary aims of the course should be to facilitate students’ understanding of their contemporary musical world, in short its wide historical and contemporary context. At the same time, Music Degree pathways should offer considerable crossovers and opportunity for collaboration, so that a student is enabled to explore and use the most advanced techniques of contemporary music. Throughout the course, a student should be encouraged to choose his/her own area of focus and identify his/her own distinctive musical personality. This personal evolution of potential will easily lead to a body of composition, performance or written work that will, in turn, open doors both to existing career paths and the creation of new market niches. A creative vocational approach arms graduates with diversity of experience, backed with a strong skill base and theoretical underpinning.

I have been associated with various educational and research organizations, teaching Indian Classical Music (vocal & instrumental), Gurmat Sangeet for 20 years. I have also been giving private music lessons at home for the last 7 years. I am also a professional writer in the field of musicology. Many research papers penned by me have made their way into many renowned journals. Currently I am working on a research project which is an in-depth study about the construction and mechanics of various Indian musical instruments and their role in world music in general. I also organize music therapy sessions where I try to help people eliminate stress and depressions from their minds with the help of North Indian Classical Music supplemented by adequate meditation techniques.

I am also running my proprietary business firm in the name and style of Seashell Transoceanic which deals in Indian spices, branded and handmade furniture, computer peripherals & hardware solutions. My company also offers a wide range of computer, laptop, desktop, printer and monitor onsite repair services and annual maintenance contracts to various business, educational organizations and army units. My company also provides accounting services (Computerized Accounting – Tally, MYOB, Busy, ACCPAC) to various small and mid-size business organizations on a part time basis including filing of GST, VAT, Income tax filing etc.

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Experience Toronto – 5 Spots to Discover Arts, Culture & Life

Experiencing Toronto is more than just about climbing the CN Tower, watching a Blue Jays baseball game in the Rogers Centre, catching a Toronto Maple Leafs or Toronto Raptors game at the Air Canada Centre, visiting Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame or making the trek to Niagara Falls. The best part of Toronto is its eclectic mix of cultures, peoples, foods, shops, music, events and festivals.

With museums, art galleries, lounges and bars of all kinds, you’ll need months to discover Toronto in its entirety. Get a taste of Greece in Toronto’s Greek town on the Danforth; try Little Italy or Chinatown for a different flavour; maybe some pork bone soup in Koreatown or fine dining all over the city.

Toronto: A Port to the World

Although Toronto, Canada is the 4th largest city in North America, it is one of top three most multi cultural city in the world, as declared by the United Nations. It is a port to essentially every nationality and ethnicity in the world – with about 50% its population made up of non-Canadian-born residents.

The best time to visit Toronto is during the summer time from May to September because the city comes alive on summer evenings from its Harbourfront to its street festivals. During the winter from November to March is nice if you don’t mind the snow – but there are lots of opportunities for skating and out-of-the-cold events.

5 Toronto Highlights to Discover Arts, Culture & Life

If it’s your first time to Toronto, be sure to visit the major attractions: the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Art Gallery of Ontario, The Royal Ontario Museum and the Science Centre. If you’re looking to really experience Toronto, then these spots are for you!

1) Church & Wellesley.

This area in Toronto is considered Toronto’s LGBT-oriented community or “Gay Village.” It is located in downtown Toronto and has been developing since the 1980’s. Today, many neighbourhoods in Toronto are gay-friendly but since Church street was the original, it remains the epicentre for many in the gay community. Tons of worthy shops, bars, restaurants, sushi spots and cafes line the streets in the area – and their patios and outdoor spaces are always packed during summer afternoons.

If you visit Toronto in June, you’ll be able to take part in Toronto’s Pride Week and Pride Parade, one of the largest Gay Pride festivals in the world. This year’s will be held from June 20 to 29, 2008.

2) Ride the TTC.

One of the best ways to discover the culture and life of the city is to ride its public transit, and Toronto’s is the Toronto Transit Commission or TTC: “The Better Way.” Try riding the subway or one of the streetcars and you’ll get a real glimpse and appreciation for the multicultural and huge diversity that exists amongst Toronto’s population.
Ride the streetcars and jump on and off with a daily or weekly pass. You’ll be able to pass through tons of the different neighbourhoods, each with their own flavour and distinctiveness. You can observe the way people work – and don’t work – with each other on their daily commutes from place to place but you’ll get a sense of the way Toronto’s citizens negotiate through its diversity and differences. This is definitely a unique experience – and one not to be missed.

3) Distillery District.

Located just east of the downtown Toronto core, the Distillery District in Toronto is one of its own cobble-stoned avenues. Originally built in 1832 as the Gooderham and Worts whisky distillery, it was transformed into a hip/artistic district in the 1990’s.
The historical buildings were preserved and redeveloped into a pedestrian district full of art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, theatres, and creative spaces and studios for actors, photographers, painters and more. Today, the Mill Street Brewery is found here, whose products are well known throughout Toronto’s bars and lounges.

Spend an afternoon here and don’t miss out on coffee from Balzac’s two-storey coffee house and a few chocolates from Soma chocolate maker.

4) Yorkville & Bloor Street.

For higher end culture, chic fashion and dazzling couture in downtown Toronto, Yorkville and Bloor Street are the place to be. Here, you’ll find major high end stores like William Sonoma, Prada, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Vera Wang, Ferrari, Harry Rosen, Hugo Boss, and etc.

Just north of Bloor, you’ll find Cumberland and Yorkville streets – a haven for celebrities and the affluent in Toronto. This is also where you’ll find some of Toronto’s best fine dining and chic establishments like Sassafraz, Pangaea, Le Trou Normand, Truffles and Flow. For a look into high-end produce, specialty foods, and Toronto’s best pastries, visit Pusateri’s at Bay and Yorkville Ave.

5) Chinatown & Kensington Market.

Although Toronto has about seven ‘Chinatowns,’ its major Chinatown today is located at Dundas and Spadina in downtown Toronto. Small and big Chinese restaurants alike sit along its streets along with food stalls selling fruit, long distance phone cards and super cheap sandals. You’ll see barbeque meats in the windows and cooks with their woks. More and more, the Vietnamese community has also become a part of China town and have set up many Vietnamese sandwich stores as well as Pho noodle restaurants.

One of the other Chinatowns in Toronto is located north in the Scarborough/Markham area at Kennedy and Steeles Ave.: Pacific Mall, Market Village Mall and Splendid China Tower. This group of complexes form the largest Chinese mall in North America – yet retain the Hong Kong small-shop, boutique style of stores. This is where you’ll find the best Chinese food in Toronto.

Kensington Market in Toronto is one of my favourite places in the world – and is hidden away just a block away, behind the busy bustle of Chinatown. During the summer, the streets close to cars and you can walk freely with your fair-trade coffee in hand up and down the streets to the sound of reggae pumping and the sights of people dancing, artwork, the smells of baked goods in the air and the colourful array of fruits and vegetables being sold in street stalls. It is the home of the modern day hippie, artist, dread-locked musician and bohemians.

If you’re looking for a big indoor market, visit St. Lawrence Market on a Saturday morning and your senses will be overloaded with smells, sounds and tastes!

Gizelle Lau, TripAtlas.com

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Art, Culture and Haggis: It May not Seem It, But These are the Elements of a Harmonious Holiday

Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting roughly 13 million visitors each year; and it’s no surprise as to why. With so many remarkable attributes – from an amazing theatre and art scene, to a rich cultural history – anyone who visits the city is sure to go home with something to talk about.

Edinburgh is renowned for its theatre scene; the city is, after all, home to the Fringe Festival – the largest performing arts festival in the world. Countless theatre productions can be found running in Edinburgh at any given time of the year; the city’s main classic-production theatres include Usher Hall, the Royal Lyceum Theatre, King’s Theatre, and the Playhouse, while the Traverse Theatre offers a more contemporary programme of plays.

In addition to theatres, Edinburgh boasts five National Galleries – so anyone who loves art is sure to be impressed. Tourists can even pay a visit to ‘Dolly’ – the first cloned mammal – which is now on display at the Royal Museum. Edinburgh also features a Writer’s Museum in light of its rich literary tradition; some of the most famous writers who lived or worked in Edinburgh include Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson and more recently, Ian Rankin and Irvine Welsh.

Ghost tours are particularly popular with tourists as well; beginning on the Royal Mile, visitors are guided down into the city’s underground streets and vaults – relics of previous life in Edinburgh – while being relayed with stories about the ghosts which now occupy them. A ghost tour is one of the city’s quintessential tourist attractions, and taking one is well worth your time – even if you don’t believe in ghosts.

While tasting haggis is also a classic part of experiencing Scotland, one can’t help but notice that Edinburgh is strewn with international restaurants. From Jamaican and Moroccan to Thai and Indian food, anyone who loves to try different flavours will be absolutely delighted. Edinburgh also carries a prominent ‘coffee culture’ by way of its countless charming cafes and coffee houses. Harry Potter fans can even visit the famous Elephant House café, where J.K. Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter book.

While the bustle of the city is truly amazing, there are various opportunities in and around Edinburgh for anyone who loves the peaceful outdoors. Arthur’s Seat in Hollyrood Park, for example, offers spectacular hiking trails which lead to breathtaking views over the city; the Royal Botanical Garden is also a great place to spend an entire day or an afternoon. And if you’d like to take a scenic stroll in the city, head to Princes Street Gardens or up to Calton Hill, where you’ll see the National Monument and get a great view of the city. If you’d like to get away from the bustle of the city for a bit, you can also easily arrange a day-tour up to the Highlands from Edinburgh.

While there are countless activities to partake in during the day, Edinburgh also boasts an exciting nightlife; from small, intimate pubs and live-music venues to elegant bars and clubs, anyone out for a night on the town will not be disappointed. The Grassmarket is lined with pubs and bars, while the New Town boasts the newest fashionable venues.

Other must-see attractions in the city include the Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, St. Giles’ Cathedral, the Royal Yacht Brittania and the National Monument on Calton Hill. But the city’s most renowned attraction is undoubtedly the summertime Edinburgh Festival – a collection of independent festivals focusing on theatre, music, film and literature. The most famous of these include the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival, which hosts high profile productions and classic musical performances. The Festival begins in early August and last for four weeks – a period during which the city’s population doubles.

The Edinburgh Hogmanay celebration is another immensely popular event; and while the street party – which draws 100,000 people on New Year’s Eve – is the main event, the celebration lasts for four days, and is famously one of the largest New Year’s Eve gatherings in the world.

With the Edinburgh Airport just half an hour from the city centre, it makes sense to fly in rather than to take a lengthy train or bus ride. Countless flights to Edinburgh arrive into Edinburgh daily, so why wait any longer? Start planning your trip today, and see what 13 million people flock to each year; you’ll then see that art, culture and haggis truly can be elements of a harmonious holiday.

Andrew Regan is an online journalist who enjoys socialising at his local Edinburgh rugby club.

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Arts & Culture of Nelson

Nelson, the main urban hub at the top of the South Island, is known as the creative arts capital of New Zealand. The majestic area is home to over 300 working artists who draw on the beauty of the natural environment, spectacular scenery and gentle coastal landscapes to create arts and crafts reflecting New Zealand’s culture and way of life. Located along the banks of Tasman Bay, Nelson is just over 400km north of Christchurch.

Nelson Arts

Nelson offers a real cultural experience when you visit the many galleries and museums showcasing New Zealand’s works. The Suter, RED Art Gallery, Nelson Provincial Museum and South Street Gallery are just a few of the places you’ll be able to see works from local and international artists, or if you want to meet the passionate people behind the artwork, head to the local markets held in Nelson each Saturday. For something a little different, visit the World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum, also known as WOW, where you’ll see wearable art by designers from all over the world and a world class private collection of cars.

The Great Outdoors

Nelson is surrounded by three magnificent National Parks all offering something unique and different. Abel Tasman National Park, located on the coastline with crystal clear waters is popular for sea-kayaking, walking, swimming and canyoning. The largest of the three parks, Kahurangi National Park, is popular for hiking, fishing, hunting and mountain bike riding while Nelson Lakes National Park attracts visitors for the walks, trout fishing and snow skiing. For those who like to cycle, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail offers a scenic easy ride with panoramic coastal views over Tasman Bay, Waimea Estuary and the Western Ranges including Mt Arthur and the Mt Tasman Mountain range. The self-guided ride passes roadside stalls, wineries, craft breweries, galleries, boutique shops, cafés and restaurants.

Festivals and Events

Nelson is the host to many events throughout the year. Wine, craft beer, food, live music and performing arts events are held in the warmer months while Winter and Spring see more sporting events come to town. During October, The Nelson Arts Festival runs for almost two weeks bringing concerts, live music and an art exhibition displaying more than 1,500 artworks, some of which are for sale. At New Zealand’s Classic Motorcycles you can view the amazing collection of around 300 veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles dating as far back as 1902.

Accommodation Nelson

While exploring all that the top end of New Zealand’s South Island has to offer, stay at the Quality Inn Nelson conveniently located in the heart of Nelson close to many of the local attractions in the area. The accommodation Nelson offers well equipped rooms, an on-site restaurant and a pool to relax in after a busy adventurous day

For more information on Quality Inn Nelson visit Choice Hotels New Zealand online.

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