Newton Cultural Development working to help fund art projects in city

In an effort to connect its residents, support local businesses, and help the artistic community recover from the pandemic’s financial impact, Newton Cultural Development is working with local nonprofits, organizations and individuals to fund and organize art projects in the city, including artist-painted doors and live-streamed concerts.

Paula Gannon, the director of Newton Cultural Development, said art plays a part in helping residents cope with the pandemic.

“Art initiatives during this time have such a positive impact on our community,” Gannon said. “It is how we connect. It is what takes us out of the moment of anxiety, stress and pain, and can transport us somewhere else.”

Gloria Gavris, chair of directors of Newton Community Pride, a nonprofit that helps fund and organize art, cultural, and community events in the city, said the pandemic has had a severe impact on local arts and culture. While some businesses and organizations managed

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Columbia finalizes funding for New Cultural Center

A New Cultural Center in downtown Columbia, which will hub the new Toby’s Dinner Theatre and 87 affordable housing units, has finalized funding after more than a decade. “We have worked for many years to get to this point and create a first-class art and culture center for Howard County that will spur people’s love of art and theater and will be accessible to all residents,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. “The contributions that organizations like Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Recreation and Parks have historically made to all residents of our community will continue in the new center. Additionally, it will be a vital component of the Downtown Columbia Plan and an important element in expanding affordable housing in the area.”The NCC will be the first of five low-income housing tax credit developments, which is a critical component of the Downtown Columbia affordable … Read More

The GQ 2020 Cultural Survey

Pop culture has been bifurcated for years now, broken down into subsets of fandoms and communities with a decreasing number of films, television series and music piercing through to connect on a monocultural level. But this year felt like it put everyone on the most equal footing we’ve been on in maybe decades. All of us, writers, entertainers, celebrities alike, have been stuck inside with little else to do but consume pop culture, old and new. It feels like the whole country decided to watch or rewatch The Sopranos at the same time, we texted furiously about the genius of Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You and we were grateful to Cardi and Meg for “WAP” just as much as we quietly wished they held onto it until we could congregate in dark rooms with loud music without worrying about superspreading again.

GQ reached out to some of the entertainers

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Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs unveils online resources for students and lifelong learners

As Iowans adapt to a challenging new school year, they have more tools than ever to learn about art, history, film and culture.

The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs has unveiled an array of free online resources at for students and lifelong learners — for in-class and at-home education, extracurricular fun and professional development. The department also announced a new Virtual Arts Experience Grant to help schools and arts organizations provide online arts activities for K-12 students whose exposure to the arts may be limited.

“This school year presents new challenges but also extraordinary opportunities to stretch beyond the traditional boundaries of the classroom or school auditorium,” Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs Director Chris Kramer said. “These new online resources can help all Iowans by being connected to useful content and inspiring virtual experiences, whether they’re in school, at home or the creative workforce.”

The department has been

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