Sep. 3—In Alcalde, New Mexico, a Native American man dances on top of the pedestal from which the controversial statue of Juan de Oñate was recently removed. In Santa Fe, a man scours the ground, searching for a piece of the shattered obelisk on the Santa Fe Plaza to keep as a memento. In Albuquerque, a homeless woman, her sister, and niece manage to scrape up enough money to rent a room for the night.

Protests, homelessness, immigration, criminal justice reform, and substance abuse didn’t disappear during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in many instances were only exacerbated by it. In an online photo collection, Our Lives Now: A Photographic Journal of Life During the Pandemic (searchlightnm.org/our-lives-now), writer and photographer Don Usner chronicled life during that time, shooting images for stories published by Searchlight New Mexico and shooting on his own.

For most of his career, the 64-year-old was

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Hartford’s Free Center awarded a total of $329,500 to 36 art projects — visual arts, theater, podcasts, dance, video, fashion, music, publishing, etc. — as part of the center’s Independent Artists Fund, which seeks to support work from artistic communities of color.

Richard Hollant, director of Free Center, said projects were chosen from 143 submissions. Originally, the fund planned to distribute $120,000, but Hollant said the quality of the submissions led the center to increase the cycle to $329,500. Across the 36 projects, about 250 artists of color are involved, he said.

The scale of the funding, he said, reflects a desire to showcase the entire BIPOC artist community.

“It’s not about creating a community. The community is already there. It’s about lifting up that community so it can be seen as a whole as opposed to just seeing breakout folks in the community, which undermines the scale of how

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Sep. 2—Owensboro Community & Technical College is hosting a show by two Indiana-based artists who hope viewers will gain an appreciation of the landscape around us and the beauty of area waterways through their art.

The show, “Ebb and Flow,” features works by painter/photography Betsy Stirratt and printmaker/photographer Tracy Templeton, who both teach and are affiliated with Indiana University in Bloomington. They have worked together since 2018 developing the exhibit, which focuses on hidden and underappreciated Indiana waterways and their importance through time.

David Wilson, OCTC art instructor and program coordinator, said the show is a “fantastic exhibition” for students, because it gives them an opportunity to interact with two artists who have shown work internationally, which is a rare opportunity for some students.

The content of the show, Wilson said, addresses not only the history, but the importance of water as it applies to southern Indiana, which is

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