Forming Community – Paula Martinac, 2019 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship

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By Michael Solender Forming connections and community is a theme that resonates deeply with LGBTQ historical fiction writer Paula Martinac, and one she likes to explore in her work. “I think when we look back to the pre-Stonewall (1969 gay rights movement landmark riots in Greenwich Village, New York) generation, there is a lot of …

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Energy in the Moment – Nico Amortegui, 2019 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship

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By Michael Solender Those commissioning mixed-media artist Nico Amortegui to create a painting or large-scale installation shouldn’t be surprised if they don’t get the opportunity to review a sketch before the work is undertaken. Even Amortegui doesn’t know exactly what he’s going to create until he is midway into a project. “It’s all free flow,” …

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Creating Sound Visuals – Boris “Bluz” Rogers, 2019 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship

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By Michael Solender Poet, word-artist and community builder Boris “Bluz” Rogers wants others to know he’s in love with his city. Rogers, who’s represented Charlotte in venues as varied as national poetry slam competitions and corporate recruiting videos, says when he’s asked to represent the city, it’s important to him that his work is honest …

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Closer to Poetry – Andy McMillan, 2019 ASC Creative Renewal Fellowship

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By Michael Solender Charlotte filmmaker and photographer Andy McMillan believes photographs themselves don’t tell stories, but rather stories emerge from the life experience viewers bring to the images they see. “With still photography, people have a hard time seeing a picture and not seeing a window where they connect with the subject matter,” said McMillan. …

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2019 Spring Festival Roundup

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Why This Matters: Cultural festivals provide access to arts, science, history and heritage experiences in neighborhoods and towns across our community. By Giovanna Torres Marketing and Communications Coordinator Warm weather and longer days are finally here! What better way to celebrate Spring than heading to an outdoor festival? Fortunately, there are several springtime festivals that emphasize …

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