Arts: Cinema Arts SWAN of the Day

Filmmaker Dawn Porter’s Docs Combine Empathy and Education

On this day in 2016, the timely and important documentary, Trapped, was released in theaters. Trapped was directed and produced by the brilliant documentary filmmaker Dawn Porter. 

Dawn’s directorial debut came out with a bang with the hard-hitting and critically acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Awards/Prizes

2022 MacArthur Fellows: Architect Amanda Williams

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts SWAN of the Day

Olivia Sterling Depicts Modern Racial Issues in Bright Colors

On the anniversary of the opening day of Olivia Sterling’s exhibition Yowl, we’re celebrating this important artist! 

Olivia is a British artist known for her hard-hitting messages delivered in a colorful, picture-book style. As a Black woman, she uses her art to address issues of race in the UK. Another signature element of her style is something you might not see right away; little letters ‘B’ and ‘W’, to symbolize the labeling and compartmentalizing of people of different skin tones that she observes. read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts News

Charlotte Wells’ Haunting Intimacy: Aftersun and Beyond

Charlotte Wells’ debut feature film Aftersun has taken 2022 by perfect storm. It’s even on track to capture 2023 with Independent Spirit Award nominations and potential Oscars nomination buzz swirling in the air. From winning the Sight and Sound “Best Films of 2022” poll to topping out global nomination circles, Charlotte Wells’ distinct voice might just be here to stay.… read more.

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Arts: Performing Arts Tributes

Tribute to Trailblazing Performer & Civil Rights Activist Joyce Bryant

Joyce Bryant, who was a singer, dancer, and civil rights activist, died on November 20, 2022, in Los Angeles; her devoted niece, Robyn LaBeaud, was by her side.

With her sultry stage presence, Joyce rose to fame in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Her trademarks included silver hair and very tight mermaid dresses with daring necklines.… read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts SWAN of the Day

No Apologies! Filmmaker Ashley O’Shay Tells Important Stories

Two years ago today, Ashley O’Shay came out with her first feature film, Unapologetic, making today the perfect day to celebrate this incredible filmmaker! 

Before venturing into writing and directing, Ashley was a director of photography and producer, primarily working in commercials. She produced and shot advertisements for many big companies such as Nike, Lifetime, and Dr.read more.

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