Wednesday, December 31, 2008

CCAI 2009 New Year's Greetings!

CCAI extends heartfelt best wishes to all our friends for a happy and healthy 2009. We look forward to another fantastic year filled with hope, creative projects and possibilities!

[For the third year running, we feature an image of the Sydney Opera House on New Year's Day, this one from Wikipedia.]

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Monument to Vladimir Tatlin

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street

Dan Flavin:
Monument to Vladimir Tatlin

through April 26, 2009

"Take a nighttime drive by the Museum and peer into the main lobby to see legendary Minimalist artist Dan Flavin’s fluorescent light sculpture Monument to Vladimir Tatlin. For over 30 years, Flavin created dynamic sculptures made from fluorescent tubing in standard sizes, shapes, and colors. Monument to Vladimir Tatlin was named in honor of the grand tower that was envisioned by Russian artist and architect Vladimir Tatlin in 1917, but never built. Flavin’s sculptures are widely celebrated for the way that they interact with various architectural spaces and explore the physics of light. The sculpture is illuminated daily from 10 am to 10 pm."

[Text and Flavin image from the Nevada Museum of Art Web site. Caption: "Dan Flavin, Monument to Vladimir Tatlin, 1969, fluorescent tubing. Courtesy of Private Collection, San Francisco." Graphic of Tatlin monument from Wikipedia. Caption: "Vladimir Yevgrafovich Tatlin. Model of the Monument to the Third International." Click on images to enlarge.]

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Fall 2008 Grants Awardees

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a trail blazing leader in support of artist-centered initiatives, recently published a list of their Fall 2008 Grant Awardees.

CCAI, a past recipient of AWF support, congratulates the recipients!

Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Fall 2008 Grants Awardees

[image from google search for 'Andy Warhol John Wayne.' Caption: "Andy Warhol, Cowboys and Indians: John Wayne (II.377), edition 207/250, 1986. Screenprint, 36 x 36 inches. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation. © 2004 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts." The print was included in a 2007 exhibition at the Nevada Museum of Art.]

Friday, December 19, 2008

Ice Disco!

Friday December 19

Downtown Carson City Ice Rink

IIce Disco at Arlington Square Ice Rink

"Disco ice skate to music from the 70's at the Arlington Square outdoor ice rink from 9:30-11:00 every Friday during December! For more information call 775-291-9446."

[image from google search for 'disco']

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Reflections Sneak Preview!

CCAI's AIE [Artists In Education] Program is currently coordinating creative workshops with members of the Carson High School ECHO Club*, and students at Mark Twain Elementary School.

Acting as student-teachers, ECHO Club members, working with Mark Twain Elementary School teacher Tracy McQuay, Club Advisor Evelyn Wakeling and CCAI staff, are helping develop art projects that will be submitted to the PTA's Reflections Program. As noted on the PTA's national web site, "In its more than 30-year history, the program has encouraged millions of students across the nation and in American schools overseas to create works of art. The program offers students the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in four areas: literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage)."

In December and January there will be six workshops promising to result in some terrific, trailblazing creative projects that will be submitted for jurying in early 2009.

CCAI extends special thanks to Mark Twain Elementary School Principal Laura Austin, the Carson City School District, and Nevada Hispanic Services–Carson City for their support.

* ECHO = Everyone Can Help Out

[graphic: work from the first workshop in which Twain students created collage postcards. The recipe: magazines, index cards, scissors, glue sticks, engaged instructors and students, and creativity! Note that we also snuck in a micro art history lesson, providing examples of collage works from the early 20th century avant-garde. Click to enlarge.]

Punk Rock Storytellers Vol. 6

December 17 | 7 p.m.
Holland Headquarters

30 Cheney Street

"... another installment of our Punk Rock Storytellers ... The performers are going to be telling stories about the songs they are playing (such as how the song was written, what it's about, what the weather was like that day, etc.) and the fire is going to be roaring."

[graphic from Holland Project Web site. Click to enlarge.]

Sunday, December 14, 2008

L.A. Now in Las Vegas

December 12, 2008 to March 8, 2009

Las Vegas Art Museum
L.A. Now
David Pagel
, Curator

"The “L.A. Now” exhibition features 20 emerging artists who live and work in Los Angeles, California. The exhibition is organized by critic and curator David Pagel. Artists included in the exhibition were selected from among those who presented outstanding artworks in Los Angeles commercial galleries during the 2007-2008 season. The artists work in a wide variety of styles and media; each has gained national or international recognition for artistic achievement.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Olivia Booth, Miles Coolidge, Liz Craft, Nathaniel de Large, Lecia Dole-Recio, Brad Eberhard, Wendell Gladstone, Katie Grinnan, Elliott Hundley, Annie Lapin, Michael Lazarus, Nathan Mabry, Allison Miller, Kristen Morgin, Christine Nguyen, Jared Pankin, Steve Roden, Jeni Spota, Don Suggs, and Wayne White. The exhibition represents the Las Vegas debut for all of the artists.

According to curator Pagel, “L.A. Now” is designed to showcase the artistic achievements of the artists individually: “rather than start with a theme, and fit the art into that, I'm starting with the art and seeing what emerges from that.” Most important for Pagel was to select artworks that are not only singularly memorable, but that together create compelling interactions: “I wanted the works in my show to converse with one another, to engage one another materially, intellectually, and emotionally.”"

[photograph from a Google image search for 'Los Angeles Now.']

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Carson City Symphony Holiday Treat

Sunday December 14 | 4pm
Carson City Community Center
Bob Boldrick Theater

851 East William Street
Carson City, NV 89701 |775.887-2290

Carson City Symphony

""Holiday Treat" concert - Symphony with Carson Chamber Singers directed by Judy Monson, and special guests, the Sierra Nevada Children's Choir, perform seasonal music."

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors, students, and Symphony Association members, and free for children age 16 and under.

[image from Carson City Symphony Web site.]

Monday, December 08, 2008

Raggy Plunk!

Dec. 10, 6 pm to 8pm
Carson City Library

The Hot Two

Benefit for the Rural Center for Independent Living
Free, donations appreciated

[photgraphs from the Hot Two Web Site. Click on image to enlarge.]

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Mile High Jazz Band!

Tuesday December 9
8-10 p.m.
Mile High Jazz Band

Comma Coffee
312 S Carson St
Carson City

"The Mile High Jazz Band will be joined by award-winning poets Krista Benjamin and Rita Geil, plus guest readers Susan Sara Priest and Linda Bottoms, for an evening of jazz and poetry from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m."

additional information: 775-883-4154.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Friday, December 05, 2008


Dec. 5 - 14, 2008 (Fri - Sun)

Wild Horse Children's Theater

Children's Museum of Northern Nevada

813 N. Carson Street, Carson City

"all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters on stage .... Over 85 young singers, dancers, and actors bring the Cat in the Hat, Horton, Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Grinch"

Ticket prices | Dates & times

[graphic from image search for 'grinch.' Thanks to SAR for the inspiration!]

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Reno's Big Gamble

[text below from the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum Web site.]

Nevada State Railroad Museum
2180 S. Carson St. (US 395 at Fairview)
Carson City, NV 89701
(775) 687-6953

December 10, 7pm
Wednesday Night Program
Reno's Big Gamble

(Trains, gambling, and quickie divorces, what more could you want in a Wednesday night program?)

"The Museum welcomes Alicia Barber, visiting assistant professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno, member Reno's Historical Resources Committee, a director of Preserve Nevada, and the author of Reno's Big Gamble: Image and Reputation in the Biggest Little City. Come and see her reveal Reno's transformation from little backward railroad town to Sin Central, otherwise known as The Biggest Little City in the World. Listen to her cautionary tale of its boom to bust in the 1970s, and how it is reviving today as a cultural and recreational tourist destination. A question and answer session follows her presentation. You may purchase her book and have her personally inscribe it after the program."

[photo from UNR Web site.]

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Party Reminder!

December 3, 2008
4:30-7 p.m.
2nd Annual CCAI Holiday Party!

see earlier post for details.

[graphic from Flickr search for 'Party.' Caption: "Party Perfect, by Gay Head (with the editors of Co-Ed Magazine). 1959."]

Monday, December 01, 2008

World AIDS Day

[On the occasion of World AIDS Day, we re-publish in full the article below from Agence France-Presse – AFP.

Graphic also from AFP. Click to enlarge.]

Go back to basics, says UN ahead of World AIDS Day
November 28, 2008

GENEVA (AFP) — The United Nations on Friday urged countries to focus on the roots of the AIDS epidemic and draw on a panoply of tried-and-tested tools to help prevent HIV spreading among groups of people who most at risk.

"There is no single magic bullet for HIV prevention, but we can choose wisely from the known prevention options available so that they can reinforce and complement each other," said Peter Piot, the outgoing executive director of UNAIDS.

Launching a report ahead of World AIDS Day on December 1, Piot called for understanding how the most recent HIV infections were happening and why they occurred in the first place.

"Not only will this approach help prevent the next 1,000 infections in each community, but it will also make money for AIDS work more effectively and help put forward a long term and sustainable AIDS response," he said.

Unlike previous years, UNAIDS did not give any fresh figures for the number of infections and deaths ahead of World AIDS Day, saying the relevant data had not yet been amassed.

Statistics published ahead of the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City in August say that around 33 million people had the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 2007, in a range of 30.3 to 36.1 million.

Around 2.7 million people became infected, or on average around 7,500 people per day, while deaths were estimated at around two million.

Speaking at a press briefing, UNAIDS' director of evidence, monitoring and policy, Paul De Lay, said that so-called "combination prevention" -- which involves a behavioural, biomedical and structural approach to treatment -- was key to tackling the epidemic.

A biomedical approach could include male circumcision, or using anti-retrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission, while behavioural approach could include encouraging condom use or reducing the number of sexual partners.

"The epidemic is constantly changing, and therefore the analyses of new infections must be undertaken at regular intervals," he said.

Attention had to remain focussed on the most high-risk communities such as sex workers, injecting drug users and gay men, De Lay said.

Meanwhile, two leading organisations shone the spotlight on access to antiretroviral drugs, which can turn HIV from a death sentence to a manageable disease.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Friday announced that two million people living with HIV had now been reached with the lifeline treatment through programmes it supports, an increase of 43 percent increase over a year ago.

The Global Fund provides nearly a quarter of all international resources to fight AIDS.

In another development, the International AIDS Society (IAS), which organises the big international conferences, called on the Group of Eight (G8) to stand by their pledge, set down at their Gleneagles summit in 2005, for universal access to antiretroviral drugs by 2010.

"Based on the G8's own reporting at its July 2008 meeting in Hokkaido, Japan the IAS has calculated that G8 countries have, to date, pledged approximately 22.2 billion specifically for global HIV programmes between 2008 and 2010," the IAS said.

"This amount is just 36 percent of the UNAIDS-estimated 61 billion dollars that is needed over this period."

At the end of 2007, some three million people had access to antiretrovirals, marking a major upturn in previous years, but this was still two-thirds short of a goal of universal access of 2010 enshrined by the UN and supported by the G8.