My Voice Media, the mental health program at the Arts Consortium, started getting back in person just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Participants created their first art installation called “Our World, Our Perspective,” using the collaborative talents of participants in the art, photography, and videography classes.

The installation was the Arts Consortium’s show for the First Friday Art Walk. Small groups can make appointments to come to see the show through May.

What is an art installation? Californians may remember “Christo’s Umbrellas,” an installation of over 1,000 bright yellow umbrellas strewn across the Grapevine 30 years ago. And New York City has just announced a number of new installations, including a Giant Pin Cushion installation in the Garment District.

Installations are art creations incorporated into the environment.

My Voice participants also chose umbrellas for their installation—but theirs are all hand-painted (to show everyone is different),

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OUT Maine is seeking submissions of art, photography and writing by LGBTQ+ and allied youth of all ages (22 and younger) for the Youth Pride Art Show and Pride Walk which will take place during Pride Month (June).

The theme for the art and writing exhibitions follows Rockland Main Street’s “Visions of Inclusion.” According to Rockland Main Street “in order to have a resilient community, it is integral that all identities are included, celebrated, and given a platform to shape our future…expressing what it means to be a welcoming community and depicting one’s visions for the future.”

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art and Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Erickson Fields Preserve have provided space for LGBTQ+ and allied youth to display their art, photography and writing to share their own Visions of Inclusion with Midcoast Maine.

The Youth Pride Art Show will be on display in the ArtLab window of

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You could call it art for art’s sake — plus $1,000 a month.

San Francisco plans to start paying 130 local artists $1,000 a month starting in May through the fall in a pilot program announced on Thursday. 

It follows other so-called “universal basic income” efforts being launched in California amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“From the first day the pandemic arrived in San Francisco, we knew that this health crisis would impact artists, and artists of color in particular,” Mayor London Breed said Thursday while announcing the program, FOX 2 of the Bay Area reported.

Breed said the city’s artists “make San Francisco special, and bring so much life and energy to our city. The arts are critical to our local economy and are an essential part of our long-term recovery. If we help the arts recover, the arts will help San Francisco recover.”

OAKLAND OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FRAMEWORK FOR GUARANTEED

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Unknown Tsuneko Sasamoto, Tokyo, 1940. Inkjet print, 2020, 18.2 cm x 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in. x 7 3/16 in.). Tsuneko Sasamoto / Japan Professional Photographers Society / The Met

Welcome to Women’s History Month, it’s that time of year where we look back on all the courageous women who have sacrificed and stood up for their rights and for the progress of women’s rights as a whole. Today March 8th, marks International Women’s Day as recognition of the global fight for gender equality, pay equity, and the liberation of women. 

Besides indulging in women’s history documentaries, watching Zoom panels and donating to Planned Parenthood, this is the time to dig in and find your next favorite women artists. What better way to celebrate feminism than with the female gaze in photography? There are two whopper retrospectives to look forward to, one at the High Museum in

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