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Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
4:33 pm

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young.  GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.


The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution


Fill out the survey at:  www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.


While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the United States.

Monday, June 23rd, 2008
4:39 pm
journey of a novice
This was a practice sketch I did last year [reference from Duey]
Graphite pencil on paper. [I know a lot of things are so wrong with it, and all it will take to be better is a lot of practice, and a lot of time on my hands.

pencil sketch

Anyway, being the novice & amateur artist, I would like to improve on my drawing skills, but also to have other novices as myself, come together to share techniques etc. That's why I just this minute created a place for that - I wonder if you would care to join up at the 'novice_art'- [please?..maybe?]

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
11:03 pm
Inside out
"Your breasts would perfectly fit in the champagne glasses," he said, being enchanted by her body. It is this spark of a man truly desiring a woman in his eys that made her forget about the ones she left behind at home. "You know, you are the only one who makes me feel like a woman," she gasped, melting under his gentle hands. And that thought both frightened and excited her. She always knew that her man at home was her real man - understanding, supportive, caring, loving. Loving... She barely collected herself from his caresses, tempting to turn her life upside down, from inside out... Her inside felt split right in the middle, at the very core of her being. That same core that made her woman, passionate, wild, restless...

"How did I get here?" her remote attempt of rationalization and self-analysis was cut short with his kisses. He kissed her on the shoulder, sensing that she was fleeting away from him in her head. "I love your wilderness," he whispered, nibblling gently her ear and sending a wave of irresitable and growing desire around her body.

He tried to pull her closer to himself. She resisted, playfully but with determination. As his lips were aiming to catch hers, she jumped out of bed like a scared cat. Cats like to walk on their own.
Silent, she got dressed and walked out the door to meet herself again...

Current Mood: creative
Friday, May 4th, 2007
4:24 pm
In the words of Pink Floyd ..."Is their anybody out there?"
What happened to everyone here... I had high hopes for this site making some positive change...

Perhaps too high.

I could not keep posting all on my own and the projects can not work without submissions. I'm sending out a plea to please help me get this ball rolling again.

Please help or share the community with those who might be interested and actively post.

I still feel this is too good of an idea with too positive potential to let it die in the water but again no amount of hoping or even trying on my behalf alone can keep a community and opportunity of this type up and running.

If you liked the concept of the community and wished it hadn't gone silent when I had gotten sick and stopped posting for a time PLEASE post.

Monday, February 26th, 2007
8:33 pm
Hey everybody... sorry its been a while since I posted anything.

Our hard drive fried and our whole computer has been out of commission for a few days and in the mean time my boyfriend has gotten extremely sick and has just started to share it with me. I also was a klutz and smashed my face into our exercise equipment in the front then yesterday I slipped on the ice and bashed the back of my head on the ground So I may not be up to trying to press any thing that grand in the near future.

It would be wonderful though if any of you were so inclined to post information or artwork and if not at least please stick around till I come back to my senses :)

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
3:53 pm
a few helpful thoughts...


Sourcing and disseminating clear information, advice and support for the arts in the criminal justice sector



Research Center for Arts and Culture

Artist Facts/Research



Census Bureau American Fact Finder

Your source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data



Help Wanted! Communities Reach Out



Art in the House: Project Row Houses



(Grass Roots Art and Community Effort)




Tuesday, February 20th, 2007
12:41 pm
In the news...

Black History Month

Toni Morrison (1931- )

A Nobel Prize laureate, Toni Morrison explored the black experience in all of her work. Born in 1931, she began her career in academia before becoming senior editor at Random House in 1965. She published her first novel, "The Bluest Eye," in 1970, and developed a strong following for her storytelling and sharp observations. In 1988 she won the Pulitzer Prize for the work "Beloved," named the best novel of the past 25 years by The New York Times Book Review in 2006. She received the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, making her the first African-American to be selected for the award.
(Guillermo Arias/AP Photo)


U.N. urged to take action on asteroid threat

POSTED: 10:13 a.m. EST, February 19, 2007

Jersey Revives Same-Sex Marriage Debate

February 20, 2007
…a different, more intelligent, discussion of  Brittneys shaved head and why we care so damn much.
(Consider everything critically)
Mark of a woman
Tuesday, 20 February 2007
11:59 am
Artistic Spotlight
Speaking of social action in Art work… These ladies are one of the quintessential groups in such movements. They are the Guerilla Girls. Combining feminism and art in acts of “guerilla warfare”.

If you haven’t encountered the group yet I suggest looking into them. They are right up our alley as far as this community and a perfect example of one of the many ways art can be utilized to create change in and draw attention to social issues.

They’re an interesting mix of grass roots social action, feminist theory, and critical, sarcastic, humorous and satirical artists.


In 1985, a group of women artists founded the Guerrilla Girls. They assumed the names of dead women artists and wore gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. Between 1985 and 2000, close to 100 women, working collectively and anonymously, produced posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable. At the turn of the millennium, three separate and independent incorporated groups formed to bring fake fur and feminism to new frontiers:

Read more at their site
heres a lil peek.

Sunday, February 18th, 2007
1:09 pm

Check this out as well. :)

Paws With A Cause® trains Assistance Dogs nationally for people with
disabilities and provides lifetime team support which encourages
independence.   PAWS® promotes awareness through education.

1:28 am
Place to sell your Art

This is like eBay for art. All you need is a PayPal account inorder to pay for the fees to post your work up for auction. Free to sign up.
Saturday, February 17th, 2007
2:30 pm
12:30 pm
In the news take2


Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88)

Basquiat was a self-taught artist who first gained attention for his graffitti in New York. He worked with Andy Warhol and gained international recognition. Coming from a mixed race background -- his father was Haitian-American, his mother was Puerto Rican -- Basquiat used his heritage as inspiration in his work and is credited with bringing the African-American and Latino experience to the high-art world. He died at the age of 27 of a drug overdose, but his short-lived career has had profound effects on the international art world



Please read this one

Black kids' self image - no progress 2/14/2007 9:00:00 AM

17-year-old New York high school student and filmmaker Kiri Davis recreates the famous "doll study" cited in Brown v. Board of Education to demonstrate harmful effects of racism and racial segregation on young children.


this is just bizarre.Paraglider survived in storm at 32,000 ft 17/02/2007



House Rejects Troop Surge in Iraq February 17, 2007

House of Representatives Approves Measure Opposing Troop Increase in Iraq



Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, February 16th, 2007
4:26 pm
I thought I should take a brief moment here to introduce myself since I just joined. I joined via a little community promotion on betherevolution (see how well I work in my own community promotion?! ::grins::).

I love to draw, thought I think I'm only all right at it, but still, I really do love to do it. I also occasionally write, which I enjoy doing as well.

Anyway, this is a great idea. Kudos!

Current Mood: chipper
3:29 pm
nonprofits art listing

I cant vouch for these organizations... you'll have to look that up on your own. But I found the list and it sparked my interest.
11:41 am
Idea.... Its a dogs day...and cats....wolfs....sugar gliders....?
Can you paint, draw, or sketch caricatures?..... do you like animals?

How about calling your local Humane society and volunteering your services for a future fund raiser. The humane society is a haven and adoption center for animals ran entirely by volunteers and funded entirely through fund raising and donation. They often have various fund raisers to keep the facilities going.

We all know the street fair /art fair artist who charges for caricatures. I love them :)Why not offer to provide caricatures sketches of peoples pets, or people with their pets if they wish, who attend the fund raiser as many of the events involve bring ones pets along. The money raised minus your supply cost if you wish goes to the shelter. You could also offer to do this with newly adopted pets with a little intelligent negotiation. While doing the sketches free for your time and your art as the money is donated to the Human Society be sure to sign your work and have business cards to pass out with the sketch to promote yourself in the process of helping fund an amazing agency.

Are you lyrical, musical, or poetic?.....do you like animals?

Why not consider the above idea... except make improvisational jingles cheaply recorded on site or hand written improvisational poetry about each pet. This would take more on the spot wit on your behalf but you can use the same promotion as above. If your a musician burn cheep demo tapes or disks with a song or so and information where to hear more  to give away with your jingle about the pet. If your a poet and you have a web page or another project that you can afford to give out with your poem do so.

Are you a hobbiest, craftsmaker, sewer, quilter, sculpture, ceramicist, woodworker etc......do you like animals?

Consider the above but rather than a caricature on the spot production create animal centered works and offer to vend a table of your art free or at reduced rate (ie keeping half for you half to the Human Society) of every item you sell at the fund raiser or as fund raiser prizes/ or auction pieces. Be sure to claim your pieces and provide any extra info like business cards with contact info that you deem needed


Current Mood: full
11:03 am

Below is just a little snippet of some things in the news to get your gears rolling. I will periodically post items like this I think it is important for us to be aware for both inspiration in our art and to better our ability to be proactive.  I do have to preface the first of these posts with the following disclaimer and I ask that everyone in the community follows the same guidelines in commenting on, and discussing, these posts, or creating your own bulletins for this lj.

this is not a site to declare your pro or anti feelings towards others. Sharing information that is for or against any given topics is acceptable so that it is posed in a respectable truthful fashion.  Just because someone posts about a given topic doesn't mean those are the views they hold or that you should hold but that the subject matter is under public/national discussion and this fact makes it relevant and important to share and consider regardless of personal stance.

thanks again, hope to hear from you soon and looking forward to your posts for the booklet whenever you have the time and desire.



Black History Month

Black History Month

In the next installment of our series for Black History Month, we recognize some of the African-American artists who have pushed the envelope and advanced racial discourse in their field.

Langston Hughes (1902-67) Born in Missouri in 1902, Hughes traveled in Europe and Africa before returning to the states. He used jazz rhythms to depict the lives of urban blacks in his writings and protest the injustices committed against African-Americans. One of the most prolific and profound artists of his period, his work still resonates today.
(Robert W. Kelley, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)



Old article, but its only gotten to be more of an issue

>Health Care Pains

Growing Health Care Concerns Fuel Cautious Support for Change

Americans by a 2-1 margin prefer a universal health insurance program over the current employer-based system.


>Obesity Reaches Preschool February 16, 2007

Four-Year-Old Kayla's Battle With Her Weight


>Global Lawmakers Seek New Climate Accord

February 16, 2007

Group of Global Lawmakers Urge New Agreement Limiting Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2009


>1 Woman at a Time Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007

Asheville Pregnancy Support Services often gives baby gear to women who feel they can't afford to raise a child.

Dana Lixenberg for TIME


Food for thought….


Open quoteWe're talking a lot of jars of peanut butterClose quote

  • a chief medical officer at the FDA, on the recall of all peanut butter produced since May 2006 at a major ConAgra plant [EM] the sole production site of Peter Pan [EM] because some may be contaminated with salmonella


Vote for Me, Al Franken Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007

Comedian Al Franken is framed by the Seal of the State of Minnesota as he talks to a guest on his radio show on Air America before announcing he will run for U.S. Senate in 2008 in Minnesota, February 14, 2007.

Ann Heisenfelt / AP



AIDS virus weakness detected February 16, 2007

Feb 14, 2007 — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have captured an image of the AIDS virus in a biological handshake with the immune cells it attacks, and said on Wednesday they hope this can help lead to a better vaccine against the incurable disease.


Current Mood: awake
3:21 am
Art for a cause.
This is good stuff.

It's nice to see such a very exciting and positive entity emerge here,
and I can't wait to see what we can accomplish as a group.

It's quite impressive to see someone take a stand and create a place
for people to stop and DO.

So often, we make art for the sake of making art.
That is not a bad thing; Not at all.

However, with a focal point such as this,
we can work togehther for a common goal,
and make something for any number of worthwhile causes.

I, for one, am in.

For an introduction, I have little to offer.

My name is Michael;
I have a short lived, yet well enjoyed educational background in
world studies, and am still seeking to continue it, and will, in due time.

I work mostly with music production, hip hop, drum and bass/jungle, and downtempo/chill beatwriting, lyricism, poetic ventures, general wordsmithing, spoken word flows, sampling, and trying to blend the whole mishmash together into something nice to listen to. I just need a
few partners to help with most of the actual speaking parts...

I work, or have worked, with various paints, charcoal, and spray cans, as well as a bit of woodcarving, and minor, mostly experimental metalwork.

I mostly enjoy the opennes of mixed media projects, and as well, a bit of photography.

Food is art.

I'm looking forward to seeing what can be accomplished here,
and admire and repsect the initiative taken to begin it.


Current Mood: excited
Thursday, February 15th, 2007
12:02 pm
On that note .... nice to meet you :)
Oh yeah… good idea Dom… introducing ones self :P
Seeing as how I’m trying to get this community up and running I should probably do the same :)

My name is Brena. I’m 22

I just graduated w/ an undergraduate in Sociology and a minor in Art and have always been on the look out for some way to combine the two. Periodically a study on this or that about art would come up or a project thats related would be posted by a nonprofit but I could never seem to find a steady outlet for myself or anyone else. So for the time being I decided to make my own and hope that other people are in the same boat with their own ideas and knowledge of programs and possibilities. If this community gets used often enough I will be trying to move it to a .org site and start a nonprofit online artist coalition. Agencies could access the site to post possible projects and call for artists when needed etc…. I know it is a little far fetched as of yet but were all creative we can't help dreaming. And if enough people dream like me we can get this project slowly but surely on the way to eventually becoming it’s own nonprofit field.

As for my medium… poetry, illustration, drawing, printmaking, screen-printing, painting, and some Photoshop/illustrator/freehand manipulations and photography… basically you put it in front of me I’ll have at it J

…but I cant knit, quilt, ….”read music ;P”, dance, sing, build anything sturdy, or write a full length story for the life of me.

Right now the only other project I’m working on is designing a CD cover/ booklet for a rapper that can be found on myspace music Hayyoth the Meka.

Want to know anything else just ask.

Current Mood: coffee
Wednesday, February 14th, 2007
9:32 pm
And all everybody knows, is you're not like them...
Wow this community sounds like a really awesome idea. One of you member types already knows me but for those who don't, my name is Dom and my medium is spoken/written word.

I'm gonna go put my knuckles to the grindstone on the project i'm already working on, but sometime in the next few days i should be posting some poems for the first collaborative project on here...

just thought i'd drop by and give you all a hey.


feel free to track me through my lj or mywaste, anybody with something to say will be given a forum.

Peace and <3 (and happy VDay)

9:36 pm
Please feel free to toss out an idea while your here or cross post this to other valid communities that you feel may be interested. Thanks for caring :D
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