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What does it mean to be awesome?

The Awesome Foundation, started in Boston in 2009, set out to discover just that.  The Foundation provides one-time $1,000 grants, with no strings attached, to people who can create – in their words - "flashes of micro-brilliance."

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ArtWorks is hiring artists and teenagers and putting up scaffolding in preparation for beginning work on ten murals.

The arts organization plans to hire at least 110 apprentices to work on the murals all around town.

Here's a preview about each of this summer's mural projects:

Sarah Ramsey

A new study suggests there is a connection between the arts and civic engagement.

ArtsWave and Agenda 360 partnered for “Snapshot 2012:  Arts Engagement in Greater Cincinnati.”  It was a survey of the general population in the Greater Cincinnati area that for the first time provides baseline data on arts engagement in the region.

Zachary Copfer is making some pretty unusual art using unconventional means. Like it implies, his "Bacteriography" involves developing images in plates of bacteria. The microbiologist turned visual artist makes use of E. coli bacteria and S.marcescens and then treats them with the DNA from jellyfish. The University of Cincinnati graduate got nationwide press last year when he first unveiled his works at a Cincinnati art show.


Camille Paglia is one of todays most acknowledged cultural critics, author of provocative books such as Sexual Personae and Break, Blow, Burn, and recently released her assessment of art from earlier times right up to Star Wars. In Glittering Images, she selects more than two dozen images and provides some background on the author and the work, but also places it in within its historical context. It’s a fascinating walk through time using arts as the guideposts, and she’s on the phone to discuss this journey with Mark Perzel.


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