I am dong a Fun-A-Day! I love blind contour drawings, so I’m doing one small one each day in the month of March.
This is organized by some other folks in Portland, but if you wanna participate, get to it! Contact me if you’re interested in participating in the gathering/show on April 5th. Here’s a description copied from the Facebook event:"Fun-A-Day is this:
You pick a project, any project, hopefully one that is fun, and you do it every day for the month of March. Draw a dog, knit a sock, make a hat, eat a cupcake, dance a jig. Then, on April 5, you bring that project over here, and you put it in a show. Hang your dog drawings on the wall, display your socks, convince people to wear your hats, artfully arrange your cupcake wrappers, dance your jig.
Fun-A-Day was started in 2004 by the Artclash Collective in Philadelphia, as a way to keep one another motivated and creative through the darkest, suckiest months of winter. This Fun-A-Day is being held in March, after some debate about which month in Portland most required Fun to get through.
Please do invite anyone you like, who you think might like this sort of thing.
- If you have something to display or perform in the show, contact me by March 20. You can come over between 5 and 7 the day of the show to hang, arrange, and do jig-dancing warmups.
- There will be a small (really small, like super extremely small, it’s adorable) stage for performances of Fun-A-Day projects, some tables, and some walls to hang work on. There is a kitchen if your Fun is food-related and requires some prep, but do let us know beforehand.”
Have fun, people!
BE CURIOUS * BE COURAGEOUS
ride the wave ** studies for my next print !!!
(photo from http://www.jaywatson.com/blog/tag/surfing/)
Lines Beneath the Map
a full diptych
Arizona’s law banning Mexican-American studies is constitutional, judge rules
February 25, 2014
A court upheld most provisions of an Arizona state law used to prohibit a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum in Tucson on Friday.
The ruling dealt a blow to supporters of the suspended classes, who had hoped the courts would overturn a 2010 law championed by Arizona conservatives determined to shut down the unconventional courses.
“I was really surprised at the decision,” Jose Gonzalez, a former teacher of Tucson’s suspended Mexican-American Studies classes, told The Huffington Post. “But as a student and teacher of history, I know in civil rights cases like this there’s always setbacks.”
The experimental Tucson curriculum was offered to students in different forms in some of the local elementary, middle and high schools. It emphasized critical thinking and focused on Mexican-American literature and perspectives. Supporters lauded the program, pointing to increased graduation rates, high student achievement and a state-commissioned independent audit that recommended expanding the classes.
But conservative opponents accused the teachers of encouraging students to adopt left-wing ideas and resent white people, a charge the teachers deny. Aiming squarely at Tucson’s Mexican-American Studies program, the Arizona legislature passed HB 2281 — a law banning courses that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, foster racial resentment, are designed for students of a particular ethnic group or that advocate ethnic solidarity.
Federal Judge Wallace Tashima said the plaintiffs failed to show the law was too vague, broad or discriminatory, or that it violated students’ first amendment rights.
The news wasn’t all bad for supporters of the suspended classes. Tashima ruled that the section of the law prohibiting courses tailored to serve students of a particular ethnicity was unconstitutional.
Originally filed in October of 2010 on behalf of the program’s former teachers, who lost standing because they are public employees, the case is currently brought by former Mexican-American Studies student Nicholas Dominguez and his mother Margarita Dominguez. They will likely appeal the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals within the next 30 days, their lawyer Richard Martinez told The Huffington Post.
“This case is not over,” Martinez said. “It’s not only important to Arizona, but to the country as a whole that this statute be addressed.”
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne began a campaign to eliminate the Mexican-American Studies program from Tucson Unified School District in 2006, when he was serving as the state’s Superintendent of Public Education.
Angered that Mexican-American civil rights leader Dolores Huerta had said that “Republicans hate Latinos” in a speech to Tucson students, Horne sent Deputy Superintendent Margaret Dugan, a Latina Republican, to give an alternate view. But the intellectual exercise turned confrontational when students, who said they were not allowed to ask Dugan questions, sealed their mouths with tape and walked out of the assembly room.
“As superintendent of schools, I have visited over 1,000 schools and I’ve never seen students be disrespectful to a teacher in that way,” Horne said in an interview last year.
The final product of his efforts was House Bill 2281, which then-State Sen. John Huppenthal (R) helped pilot through the Arizona legislature. Huppenthal, who succeeded Horne as state superintendent of schools, then found Tucson out of compliance with the new law and ordered the district to shut Mexican-American Studies down or lose 10 percent of its annual funding — some $14 million over the fiscal year. In January of 2012, the school board complied, voting 4 to 1 to discontinue the classes.
The decision drew national attention as administrators plucked Latino literature that once belonged to the curriculum from classrooms, explicitly banning seven titles from instruction.
This is what I’m often referring to when I talk about backlash and suppression of education in the United States. There is literally legislation that bans teaching the history of colonization and civil rights movements in various states-states like Arizona, in which 43% of the population are “minorities”…30% of Arizona is Hispanic/Latin@.
That’s not actually a coincidence. :|
This is systematic, institutional disenfranchisement in action.
I carved this linoleum block in November 2011, when I was missing a close friend. The original name of the piece is ‘two humpbacks diving/ghost whale/missing you’ because I couldn’t decide on the name. The image depicts a whale, diving from the surface of the ocean. It is accompanied by its ghost, but it is not up to me to tell you which it is.
These cards are printed using water-based ink on heavy, velvety 100% cotton printmaking paper. The envelopes are made from an old topographic maps of Canadian harbors and are cut, folded, and glued by hand, and come with a small clear triangle sticker to adhere the flap for mailing. The folded card is about 4.5” x 6.5”.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 15th for
From 7-10pm at 19th st, we’ll gather to be merry & raise funds to participate in a Signal Fire artist-in-residency program*. I’m aiming to raise $400 to cover my costs in what will be a mind-blowing and glorious trip!
BUY PRINTS !
—- > Posters, prints, and cards make a pleasant purchase for any pocketbook, from $5 to $50.
DRINK BREWS !
—- > We’ll have tasty brews & drinkerdoos.
BRING YOUR FRIENDS !
—- > The more the merrier:: especially when they’re down to buy prints !
HAVE FUN !
—- > (You already know this.)
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!!
Find out bout my prints on my blog: curiocityprinting.tumblr.com. If you can’t attend but would like buy a print, or donate funds or party resources, please contact me.
*The Rare Waters trip is a Wide Open Studios program for MFA/MA students. From March 23rd-29th, I’ll be backpacking through the Mogollon Rim country in NE Arizona with 9 MFA students, the illustrious Tarp Tarmac, & the talented Julie Perini.