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Inaugural Anishinaabe Art Festival set for July 2022

Oct. 12—BEMIDJI — The first-ever Anishinaabe Art Festival will be held July 22-23, 2022, at the Sanford Center.

“Through the lens of the arts, the festival will celebrate the richness of Anishinaabe history, the culture, and the people,” a release said. “The planning team, core partners and Native artists are preparing for a dynamic event where we can all come together to exchange stories and share cultural values through craft, visual arts, dance, food, storytelling and fashion.”

In 2019, 4-Directions Development, Leech Lake Financial Services and Gizhiigin Arts Incubator met with representatives from the American Indian art community, regional arts organizations and the city of Bemidji to discuss ways of using the arts as an economic and community development vehicle, the release said.

As a result, the group developed the inaugural Anishinaabe Art Festival with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program.

“This is a

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Large mural art and culture festival coming to downtown Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Midwest’s largest mural art and culture festival is coming to downtown Springfield with over $10,000 raised to make the event happen.

Meg Wagler, founder of Mid x Midwest, came up with the idea after switching careers from graphic design to visual arts.

“It was challenging to get paid a respectable amount. I think that it was maybe not the norm in this region,” says Wagler.

In 2019, Wagler started putting the festival together.

“That was hard to do without any seed funding, so we just went ahead and postponed the whole thing so that we could do it correctly.”

In 2021, Wager started a campaign with hopes of raising $10,000 for the event. She raised $10,423.

“It’s exciting on a couple of different levels. I think it means that people believe in the idea. Now we have a little bit more leverage to move forward

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Leslie Odom Jr to Receive Spotlight Award From Palm Springs Film Festival

Leslie Odom Jr. will receive the Spotlight Award, Actor from the Palm Springs International Film Awards for his role in “One Night in Miami,” PSIFA organizers announced on Monday.

Odom plays iconic soul singer Sam Cooke in the film from director Regina King and also does his own singing on Cooke classics like “Chain Gang” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.” “I was terrified,” he told TheWrap of playing Cooke in the drama, which is based on an actual night in which Cooke, boxer Muhammad Ali (then called Cassius Clay), activist Malcolm X and football star Jim Brown met in a Miami hotel room after one of Ali’s fights.

Odom also co-wrote and performs a new song, “Speak Now,” in the film.

Past recipients of PSIFF’s Spotlight Award, Actor include Timothée Chalamet, Jamie Foxx, Sam Rockwell and J.K. Simmons.

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Frieze Sets Digital Festival and Membership Program

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the international art organization has found a way to build community online by offering exclusive content while also introducing a new membership program.

Frieze has big plans for February.

The international art organization has set Anniversary Sessions, a three-day digital festival scheduled for Feb. 17-19, to mark its 30th anniversary. Also, Frieze is introducing a membership program designed to provide access to digital content, the print publication, and priority access to Frieze fairs and special events. Anniversary Sessions content will include conversations between artists, writers and thought-leaders who have helped shape the industry and culture over the past three decades.

Frieze has confirmed such participants as Matthew Barney, Jeremy Deller, Lubaina Himid, Philippe Parreno, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Kara Walker. To set the table for an optimal digital experience, Frieze has enlisted chefs and bar managers from restaurants Dante NYC, Frankies 457 Spuntino, Locanda Locatelli, Rita’s and

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