UIowa ArtShare

http://artshare.uiowa.edu/

This program is entitled to helping children to become aware of art. It offers schooling to children wishing to excel in art and also to children of the community. Also, during the summer, the University of Iowa is offering a program for children to learn art during the summer months. This program is supposed to give back to the community and provide for a better understanding in the artistic community. Not only is visual art present, but emotional art such as dancing and poetry reading. Children of Iowa are entitled to learn that art is not only something they view on a canvas or screen but in movement and dance also. Uiowa ArtShare helps to broaden the minds of young people everywhere.

The Staff at Uiowa Artshare

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From Domestic Violence to Eviction

In October of 2009, Kathy Cleaves-Milan was told that she was being evicted from her apartment as she was preparing a check to pay her rent.  The story only gets worse when she revealed to the leasing agent that she needed an order of protection against her boyfriend who had been helping her pay, but was kicked out due to a zero-tolerance policy for “criminal activity.”  Cleaves-Milan reported that she was twice thrown against the wall as well as threatened with a gun.  A spokeswoman for Aimco, (one of the largest owners and operators of apartment communities in the United States) Cindy Duffy said, “As the safety of our residents is our top priority, we have a zero-tolerance policy for any criminal activity at our communities.”  Duffy also claimed she left her apartment that day because she could not afford to stay when her rent was due.  However, Cleaves-Milan responded to Duffy with, “My reason for being evicted was there was gun violence in my home.”  When the issue arrived in court, Cleaves-Milan’s attorney Kate Walz argued, “She did everything right.”

After winning the case, Cleaves-Milan said that the whole incident still affects her family today.  In 2010, the Illinois Human Rights Act prohibited discrimination against a person who has obtained an order of protection.

click here for article.

Old Capitol Museum

The Old Capitol Museum is just what is sounds like, a museum in and about the old capitol building. However the building is used for more than just telling the history of Iowa’s legislation, it sometimes houses other exhibits. Currently the museum is hosting ART|IOWA: INSPIRED BY LANDSCAPE, an art exhibit featuring both contemporary and well known artists from Iowa. One of the cool things about the museum is that it has no admission fee, so anybody can come in and see the exhibits.

You can read more on the Old Capitol Museum’s website

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, in which she blends poetry, essays, and images. Here is an excerpt from Don’t Let Me Be Lonely:

There was a time I could say no one I knew well had died. This is not to suggest no one died. When I was eight my mother became pregnant. She went to the hospital to give birth and returned without the baby. Where’s the baby? we asked. Did she shrug? She was the kind of woman who liked to shrug; deep within her was an everlasting shrug. That didn’t seem like a death. The years went by and people only died on television—if they weren’t Black, they were wearing black or were terminally ill. Then I returned home from school one day and saw my father sitting on the steps of our home. He had a look that was unfamiliar; it was flooded, so leaking. I climbed the steps as far away from him as I could get. He was breaking or broken. Or, to be more precise, he looked to me like someone understanding his aloneness. Loneliness. His mother was dead. I’d never met her. It meant a trip back home for him. When he returned he spoke neither about the airplane nor the funeral.

Every movie I saw while in the third grade compelled me to ask, Is he dead? Is she dead? Because the characters often live against all odds it is the actors whose mortality concerned me. If it were an old, black-and-white film, whoever was around would answer yes. Months later the actor would show up on some latenight talk show to promote his latest efforts. I would turn and say—one always turns to say—You said he was dead. And the misinformed would claim, I never said he was dead. Yes, you did. No, I didn’t. Inevitably we get older; whoever is still with us says, Stop asking me that…

This book uses a mixed genre style that some may argue that it will remain a lasting legacy for future poets. Claudia Rankine flows effortlessly, and intuitively from the different writing styles and images that she uses.

Emancipation Proclamation

Abraham Lincoln gave his “Emancipation Proclamation” speech on January 1st, 1863. It is presumed by the American public that this order given by the president freed all slaves, but those who were freed were those under confederate control. Lincoln’s Secretary of State, WIlliam Seward, said in reply to Lincoln’s address, “We show our symapthy with slavery by emancipating slaves where we cannot reach.” Although not all states were considered free, ex-slaves who were given their freedom saw hope in the union and their fight to abolish slavery. The proclamation allowed blacks to fight for union as well. Many ex-slaves took this chance to fight against slavery as a whole and to abolish it from the nation. About 200,000 black soldiers fought for the union in the attempt to end slavery completely. To this day, the Emancipation Proclamation is considered one of the best examples of freedom in the United States.

These links will give you more information about Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation as well as images of the document:
http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/library/features/ep/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h1549.html
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/

Battle Hymn of the Republic

This video is a compilation of images from Civil War reenactments. From this video, you can get an idea of the kinds of clothes people wore, the kinds of weapons they used in battle, and you can hear some of the music from the time. The song in this video is The Battle Hymn of the Republic. The tune was written in 1856 by William Steffe. Eventually, the lyrics were changed by Julia Ward Howe in 1861 to be the troops battle song. Widely regarded as the best song of the time, by the people of the time, I thought it was a neat way to put some musical context into the Civil War.