Iowa City business offers indigenous art, jewelry | News, Sports, Jobs

Artist Alicia Velasquez is the owner of The House of Dotl’izi, a new boutique, studio and art gallery in Iowa City. Velasquez, a member of the Indigenous comunity, creates handcrafted jewelry using lessons passed down to her.


First Friday Art Walk: The First Friday Art Walk returns to the downtown Ocala area from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Hands-on art activities and demonstrations, local artists selling works, plus sidewalk buskers and live musician performances on the downtown square.

Converging Community & Culture: An art exhibit dedicated to the celebration of Afro-American and Latinx artists in the Ocala community. The Marion Cultural Alliance’s November exhibit opens Nov. 5 and runs through Nov. 27 at the Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala. Opening reception will be held Nov. 5 at the Brick at 5 p.m.; savory bites and refreshing cocktails and mingling with fellow creatives. Visit or call 369-1500 for details. 

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Changes to the Art Institute of Chicago’s docent program are sparking debate over racial equity and culture

A bicyclist stands in front of the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, staring at one of the statues of the famous Llons.

The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for changing its docent program. Jonathan Daniel /Getty Images

  • The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for changing its docent program.

  • Conservative critics say the change is giving into ‘woke’ culture and harming mostly white docents.

  • Yet museum studies experts say paying docents, as the museum plans to do, makes the field equitable.

The Art Institute of Chicago is getting backlash for what conservative critics are saying is giving into ‘woke’ culture. But changing its docent program could make museums more equitable for people of color.

At the heart of the controversy is its planned switch from a volunteer docent program to a “hybrid model that pairs paid educators and volunteers,” leading critics to accuse the institution of disenfranchising the mostly white volunteers who’ve been working at the museum for years.

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Announcing TOGETHER, A New Hybrid Vision For Art & Culture November 29 – December 5, 2021 | News

MIAMI, Oct. 26, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — TOGETHER is a renaissance. An experimental happening, multi-format platform and cultural incubator that encourages equitable modes of making and thinking beyond the traditional art market. The project is a diverse collaboration of boundless creativity that seeks to investigate new forms, technologies, and concepts, by convening nonprofit initiatives, hybrid projects, and unconventional enterprises to explore the possibilities of alternative formats for cultural gatherings and artistic production.

The inaugural edition will take place at the Seven Seas Motel, in the historic corridor of Biscayne Boulevard. Guests weave through the motel’s open-air gallery, immersed in a thriving community and 1950s aesthetic wave, while simultaneously witnessing the collective manifesting the dreams of tomorrow. TOGETHER propels us into the new, by tapping into our past. Visitors resurface with a unified sense of togetherness, and renewed perspective.

This year, TOGETHER focuses on Latin America and adjacent communities, partnering

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