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    Hackathon will help recode South Florida history

    Oct. 31, 2014, 10:15 a.m., Posted by David W. McCombie III

    Miami Herald satellite phone and photo transmittal system from the early 1990s on view at HistoryMiami. 

    Why does history matter? 

    History is about telling the stories of our past. It has the power to bring people from diverse backgrounds together for exploration, discovery and learning. In this spirit, HistoryMiami, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution,, along with the museum's seven-member Advisory Board will host a 24-hour hackathon event called Night at the Museum: Recoding History.

    The hackathon  will bring together developers, designers and the creative communities to design new, digital ways to bring South Florida’s diverse and rich history to more people.

    "HistoryMiami hopes to use this event to help the organization rethink the way the museum's collection should be experienced,” said Stuart Chase, the museum’s director/COO. “By allowing the museum to be seen through a highly collaborative and innovative approach, HistoryMiami will highlight the collection of unique historical photographs and documents in a profoundly new manner."

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    GroundWorks DanceTheater coming to Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Oct. 31, 2014, 9:56 a.m., Posted by rdurbin

    It’s always a great thing when GroundWorks DanceTheater, a Knight Arts grantee, comes to Akron on one of their recurrent visits to perform for local audiences. And in the fall of the year, it is a couple of performances at the Main Library in Downtown. This year, the troupe will...

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    Broadsides and craft brews at Miami Book Fair’s the Swamp

    Oct. 31, 2014, 7 a.m., Posted by Lissette Mendez

    Lissette Mendez is director of programs for Miami Book Fair International, which Knight Foundation supports. Image: 'Somewhere.' For Sweat Broadside Project II, artists and writers collaborated on pairing original artwork with poems.

    The Swamp, a new event space at Miami Book Fair International sponsored by Knight Foundation, celebrates the writers, filmmakers, visual artists and musicians (and some who fall between those disciplines!) who are creating work and defining culture in the Sunshine State. Among those culture makers are the writers and visual artists who are part of Sweat Broadside Project II.

    Florida-based writers and artists came together to form Word and Image Lab (WAIL), a group that encourages community conversation and opportunities for collaboration among writing and the visual and performing arts. For Sweat Broadside Project II, artist/writer duos created the broadsides, which feature their collaborative pairings of original artworks and poems. The printing processes vary widely and include letterpress, lithography, etching, silkscreen, woodcut and archival ink-jet printing. 

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