For an emerging artist or writer juggling many a day job to keep food on the table, a fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA is pretty much heaven on earth. A fellowship includes a studio, an apartment, and a stipend for seven months. The only requirement: create.
The Bund Tourist Tunnel takes people from Pudong New Area, the financial district in Shanghai, to the Bund or older center in Puxi, another district in Shanghai. About four minutes underneath the Huangpu River, the only locals we saw in the tunnel were the ticket takers. Most Shanghaiers take the wifi-friendly and highly efficient subway in a third of the time and a fraction of the price.
The Shanghai Restoration Project had the sold-out audience at New York’s Asia Society shouting for more after their curtain call. But it was only day two of the Chindia Dialogues, a four-day festival of Chinese and Indian writers, thinkers, artists and performers coming together for the Asian Arts + Ideas Forum, and the staff needed to pace itself. As the lights went up, the audience buzzed with appreciation, having watched stunning statuesque Shanghai singer, Zhang Le, and New York Hip Hop artist, Jamahl Richardson, riff on traditional Chinese melodies spiced with New York Hip Hop. The dazzling videos were equally stunning.
Asia Society kicks off its inaugural Asian Arts + Ideas Forum: Chindia Dialogues with China Scholar, Jonathan Spence and Writer, Amitav Ghosh. The Forum was created by Asia Society’s Executive Director of Public Programs, Michael Roberts, to foster a cultural dialogue through arts and literature between China, India and the rest of the world. Since a third of the world’s population comes from these two countries, it is in everyone’s best interest to learn about the history, culture and emergent voices from this region.
We are proud to announce that Leon Smith: A Work Of Art, was part of the Berkshire International Film Festival, May 31-June 3. It was a total blast and privilege to be part of such a talented community.
Bright pink trees, a floating birthday cake in a pond and a shingled Studebaker are just three of the many memorable visions created by sculptor, Leon Smith, 78, of Ancramdale, NY.
A sensibility somewhere between Willy Wonka meets David Lynch, Smith has created a mind-altering dream world enjoyed by all ages. Smith Hill, his brain child he created with his muse and wife, Elaine, has about 100 sculptures spread over more than 100 acres.
Ishmael Beah talks to New York City high school kids about his memoir, A Long Way Gone, about his experience as a child soldier in Sierra Leone.
PEN World Voices co-founder, former PEN Executive Director Michael Roberts and co-founder Salman Rushdie and many others talk about the inaugural festival that brought international writers to packed theaters and venues across New York City.