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    Arts

    ZERO1 2014 BRING IT! Performance Series: David Szalasa

    Aug. 18, 2014, 4:23 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Serlin Quah, ZERO1: The Art & Technology Network The second installment of Life of Leo, where artist David Szlasa re-stages Leonardo DiCaprio films, with himself recast in DiCaprio’s role and recorded in front of an audience. Performed in front of a green screen, the artist recasts himself as Jack...

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    Dabls: I love how the act of storytelling opens people to their dreams

    Aug. 18, 2014, 4:13 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    This month, five Detroit arts groups are vying for the Knight Arts Challenge People’s Choice Award, a $20,000 prize the winner can use for a project of their choice. The award is one of the ways Knight aims to bring attention to small arts organizations and their impact on the...

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    Communities

    Signs highlight hidden history in Macon, Ga.

    Aug. 18, 2014, 2:30 p.m., Posted by Molly McWilliams Wilkins

    Signs from the League of Creative Interventionists at a cemetery in Macon. Credit: Molly McWilliams Wilkins.

    History is around each corner in Macon, Ga., some of it well known, some of it hidden by the depths of time. But the Macon League of Creative Interventionists, a local affiliate of a global group that connects communities with art, sought to uncover some of that history last month.

    In fact history was the international theme for the league in July, and members of the Macon chapter posted signs around the community to identify historic gems.

    “Our goal with the history of intervention was to shed some light on places or events that hadn’t gotten a lot of attention, or were just really interesting pieces of local history that not everyone knew about Macon,” said Mark Vanderhoek, chapter leader.  “It was fun to learn about the different pieces league members knew about.”

    Walking through some parts of Macon, you might find yourself faced with obvious historical sites, such as the Hay House or the Cannonball House. However, many times it is the undiscovered parts of history that are the most interesting.

    “Macon is a town that talks about its history a lot since it’s pretty star-studded. But often because of that, some of the best stories get left out or overlooked. It was great to be able to bring some of Macon’s lesser-known stories to light. I hope we can continue to add more in the future,” said J.R. Olive, program coordinator for the College Hill Alliance and a member of the Creative Interventionists.

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