The Besharat Arts Foundation has donated “The Faces of Innocence” exhibit of photographs of children from around the world by famed photographer Steve McCurry to Moretown Elementary School. McCurry photographed the iconic “Afghan Girl” image in 1985 for National Geographic, one of the most famous images in recent history. The Besharat Arts Foundation brings works of art to schools to increase students’ empathy and understanding of other cultures and ways of living.

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“I was determined to add more cultural awareness within our small community,” Moretown art teacher Heather O’Hare said. “I want to provide students with an opportunity to ‘see’ the world by bringing the world to the school through an art display.” The photographs show, “They are all children just like the students at Moretown School.”


Moretown Elementary is the first school in Vermont to participate in this project. “My dream is that

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Art Barn School of Art exhibiting work of students with disabilities

The Art Barn School of Art is shown.

The Art Barn School of Art is rolling out its third annual Holiday Gift Gallery to let people shop local.

A nonprofit art education center, located in a repurposed barn at 695 N 400 E in Valparaiso, will offer many unique gifts made by local artists and artisans.

“Starting Nov. 13, Art Barn School of Art will overflow with small items perfect for holiday giving,” Executive Director Amy Davis Navardauskas said. “During our third annual Holiday Gift Gallery, visitors will find works of fine art and fine craft at price points designed for every budget. Purchases will support local artists as well as art educational programs in your community.”

The art on display includes ceramics, woodworking, textiles and jewelry. People also can peruse smaller pieces like drawings, prints, paintings, mixed media and photography.

The Holiday Gift Gallery opens Wednesday and

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — When it chooses topics for exhibitions, the Cleveland Museum of Art spreads its attention around the globe, from Europe and the Middle East to Asia, Africa, and Latin America. At the moment, however, it’s in a New York state of mind.

Earlier this year, it displayed a selection from Bruce Davidson’s poignant “Brooklyn Gang’’ photos that documented the lives of rebellious white ethnic teens in the New York City borough during the 1950s.

Last month, the museum followed up with two new, Big Apple-centric shows.

Beautifully organized, the exhibitions focus on 71 prints by the early 20th century Ashcan School realists, and on 44 examples of mid-century street photography — pictures snapped without the subject’s knowledge.

Emily Peters, the curator of prints and drawings, formulated “Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900-1940,’’ which focuses heavily on New York subjects. Photography Curator Barbara

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Artist Catherine Opie, a UCLA professor of photography for 20 years, has big ideas for the university’s art department. Among them: Reduce student debt and lower economic barriers to education.

It’s a vision Opie is in a position to start realizing: UCLA has named her art department chair, it announced on Tuesday. She steps into the role Sept. 1, taking over for artist Andrea Fraser, who has led the department since January 2018.

In 2019, UCLA announced Opie as the university’s inaugural endowed chair in the art department, a position underwritten by a $2-million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick. That role is an undergraduate and graduate teaching position. The departmental chair is the lead administrative position, working with faculty and staff to develop the academic curriculum, goals and priorities of the art department.

Opie’s commitment to educational access for all students is needed “now

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