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What are your favorite ABOUT US pages?

I run an alternative arts nonprofit that does literary events between pop and high culture, social justice interventions, and online magazines. We're making a new ABOUT US page. What are your favorite ABOUT US pages online? [more inside]
posted by johnasdf on Jun 23, 2014 - 4 answers

What kind of suit for an arts interview? Or suit at all?

A friend has an interview for a really great administrative job at a midwestern arts organization. He's a big guy, so our options are not infinite - ie, no going to JCrew. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jun 4, 2014 - 10 answers

New Orleans art shows in October 2014

My friend from Orange County (California) is a fine artist and photographer. He’s visiting New Orleans in October 2014 and would like to be part of some art shows while he’s here. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

No tug of war or tug of clique

I would like suggestions for a summer camp for adolescents that is NOT sports-oriented or competitive in any way. Should be a place with good arts and creative activities, and most important, that actively fosters a culture of social acceptance, kindness, tolerance for quirk. I'm looking for the east coast. I know about many camps on paper, but would like to also hear experiences your kids or you have had at specific camps that sound like this.
posted by third rail on May 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Is a double-major in Spanish and philosophy viable and fruitful?

Is a major in Spanish a good investment? If I buckle down and commit myself to daily study and practice (and spend one semester abroad), can I attain a decent fluency in the language? What kind of career paths could I expect? More details and questions follow. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Mar 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Tips for an arts org collaboratively rewriting a mission statement?

An arts org I work with is seven years old. We've had some success, and we're revisiting our mission statement for the first time in a while. Any tips/ethods for getting a small group of people to work fruitfully on this together?
posted by HeroZero on Mar 23, 2014 - 3 answers

This hollowed out volcano is not going to decorate itself

I am trying to get my act together. I have an average sized apartment room wall. I want to use it to plan world domination! Well really the domination of my next few years of goals and tasks. Please give me cool or creative ideas for a way to have a huge display of multiple years of calendar, lists and reminders, and events and goals. The only catch is that I cannot repaint or damage the wall in a major way. Long-winded details inside. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Mar 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Hip Me, MetaFilter. You're my only hip. (LA edition)

I know what to wear in New York. (Black) I know what to wear in Tokyo. (Kawaii!) But I have absolutely no idea what to wear to a hip art opening and for a weekend staying in a hip LA hotel. Difficulty factors: poor, frumpy. Please dress me! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Jan 15, 2014 - 17 answers

meta stories are meta

I really love works of fiction that use the style, setup, or form of another media product as a means of storytelling and sometimes subversion. For example: TEDxSummerisle (complete with tweets and botched livestream) and The Theory of Narrative Causality, written primarily in the form of Livejournal posts by the Sherlock Homes fandom (inc comments and bits of fanfic) as well as GChats, TVTropes, and related media. What other similar works are out there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 4, 2014 - 22 answers

Crush Me Out on Sweden!

I have developed an unavoidable crush on Sweden. I want to hear from Mefi locals about the best your country has to offer, things you love about living there, music, culture, all of it - help me crush out on Sweden! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Dec 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Kids Arts & Science Room

We have a spare room that we're turning into an Arts & Science room for the kids (13 year old girl and 8 year old boy). It's in a walk-out basement with a painted concrete floor and a window. We have some ideas but little knowledge in how to setup a room for them to create and explore. We have a cheap beginner's chemistry set, some art and craft supplies, and...that's about it. What ideas can we implement with the little expertise and money we have? [more inside]
posted by medarby on Nov 21, 2013 - 15 answers

Recommendations for the Time Based Art Festival in Portland

Hi. I've lived in Portland for several years and have heard about this time based art festival that happens and am interested in experiencing some of it. However the website (http://pica.org/event/tba13/) is a bit overwhelming and I'm not familiar with any of the artists that they mention. Has anyone gone? Are there any events that you would recommend? I'll probably just pick a few at random but if anyone has any pointers I'd appreciate the help. Thanks!
posted by eggkeeper on Sep 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Mathematics for the innumerate

I'm developing a Data Design curriculum for Art college students, and I'd like to teach some basics of maths and statistics in ways that the non-numerically inclined will understand. For this, I need some simple explanations for complicated ideas. [more inside]
posted by Elizabeth the Thirteenth on Aug 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Birthday Gift for my 16 year old niece

My incredibly awesome niece is turning 16!!! we are close and I'd like to get her something special but have no idea what that could be. [more inside]
posted by supermedusa on Jul 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Online science resources for a liberal arts major?

I want to learn science. [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Jul 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Why the arts matter.

I would like to read all of the best things about why the arts -- and in particular literature -- Matter(s). [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jul 15, 2013 - 15 answers

A grad program that deals with creative writing AND photography?

I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Blogroll like Arts & Letters Daily?

I like the links found on Arts & Letters Daily; I wonder if there are other sites with a large, comprehensive list of blogs, columns, articles, etc. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 23, 2013 - 1 answer

Quality paints for kids?

Where can I find paints for kids that are "professional" quality yet not "professionally" expensive? I bought Crayola paints and they are terrible. I am looking for something (a) reasonably priced but pigmented enough get my toddler excited about colors, (b) doesn't require swirling a brush for a good long minute to get the color going, (c) available on the internet. I don't mind if they are messy/unwashable. I don't know anything about colors so please specify both the brand and the type of paint in your recommendation. If the paper makes a real difference, please recommend that too!
posted by rada on Apr 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Playing my part in making life for fellow LGBT countryfolk bearable.

The State-sanctioned homophobia and transphobia in Malaysia, my country of origin, is breaking my heart. What can I do as a currently overseas citizen to make things better for my fellow LGBT folk back in Malaysia, particularly in raising awareness of the issue internationally? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 5, 2013 - 5 answers

How to make smaller versions of puppets or find two sizes of puppets?

How can I make smaller versions of these vintage puppets? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Feb 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Digital edition of a small arts magazine - the best way to do this?

I work for a small literary magazine. The incoming managing editor wants us to have a magazine app for tablets that appears on those virtual magazine racks. Is this a good idea, and if so what's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Your favourite clever pop culture sites/podcasts/lectures

I'm at home ill at the moment, watching lots of films and reading a lot (this week I've watched 14 films and read 2 books). I'd like to find sites (or podcasts/lectures/etc) that intelligently examine media and/or popular culture. I regularly read articles on Popmatters and sometimes the A.V. Club (but not so much). What are your favourite film/media crit resources? Podcasts? Lectures? Thank you in advance for any help!
posted by everydayanewday on Jan 29, 2013 - 13 answers

Books about fighting.

Looking for good, critical books and resources on martial arts and fighting. I prefer them to be academic enough to have survived peer review, but will take what I can get. Anything martial arts related would do, I'm interested in understanding martial arts and fighting in a more general sense. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee on Dec 8, 2012 - 10 answers

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget?

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget? [more inside]
posted by heylight on Nov 18, 2012 - 32 answers

Career Advice for the Semi-Arts-Inclined?

Artsy/music-y/indecisive-y person seeking career advice. Help me help myself. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Oct 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Film making in Northeastern England

What does the documentary film making scene look like in Northeastern England? Where would one start looking for a community? jobs? opportunities?
posted by zany pita on Oct 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Do people throw money at musicians?

How does one become a "patron of the (punk) arts"? [more inside]
posted by manicure12 on Sep 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Mixed Media Art 101

I think I have fallen in love with mixed media arts and crafts! Help me do more of this! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 25, 2012 - 14 answers

A Lot of Monitors a Few Computers

I would like to run a lot of monitors (100+) with a few computers. Functionality isn't important, the visual is. It's for an art space. Any suggestions?
posted by Optamystic on Jun 21, 2012 - 8 answers

2 for 1 Bookfinders Special

MeFi bookworms, do you know either of these books? [more inside]
posted by jaimystery on Jun 1, 2012 - 1 answer

What would you do with a million dollars? "Nothing."

Is Ambition required for Success? Is it possible to be too well adjusted? What if you don't like what you're good at? I have been struggling with the concepts of ambition and achievement in regard to self-esteem and a sense of self-worth (warning: long, vague) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Help! My arts organization lost its key funding

I'm on the board of an arts organization that is in a funding emergency. I'm looking for suggestions of ways to raise money for our organization in a hurry - we've lost funding we were counting on and will lose our paid staff if we can't come up with some answers in a hurry. Why anon? Going public with the degree we're in trouble may make things worse. Details: we're a convening/connecting organization that facilitates other arts organizations and individual artists/musicians/creatives activities. We do some programming and help other organizations and individuals develop their programming and artistic careers. Most organizations like us are funded by supporting organizations and or a small percentage tax but we weren't set up that way and all arts organizations in our region - shoot the whole country - are struggling. Throwaway email: arts.org61@ymail.com [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 13 answers

No Retreat! No Surrender!

What is this mid-80's martial arts movie with two kids and terrible editing? It's not "No Retreat, No Surrender". [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts on Apr 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Artsy people: what would you tell your 17-year-old self?

What advice would you give to a 17-year-old young man who wants a creative career? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Mar 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Which works better, the carrot or the stick?

GroupCommitmentFilter: I've been trying to put together a large group of people to participate in an artistic performance-based hobby that they all claim to enjoy. I'm the group leader, and it feels like I'm herding cats when it comes to getting people to commit to attending training sessions so that our shows will be of a high quality. I'm constantly altering my plans so that the least experienced people aren't left behind. How can I get people to step up their game and commit to the group without alienating them? [more inside]
posted by adamk on Mar 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me figure out what to do with my life.

How do I figure out what I want to do and where I want to live and move to the other side of the country at the same time? Nature, dislike of large cities, an acting career...loooots of text inside, lots of explanation. Help! [more inside]
posted by Emms on Mar 14, 2012 - 13 answers

What do you 'like' on Facebook?

What are your favourite interesting, informative or unusual FB Groups or Pages? [more inside]
posted by Artaud on Feb 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Oh Charity, where are thou?

Charities that support the arts? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Feb 10, 2012 - 9 answers

We don't need no thought control...

I'm going to college! (fo' realz this time, yo). So, what should I study? (or, How do I learn to stop worrying I won't get to do everything and love just one subject?) [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 9, 2012 - 19 answers

Where do I find a great play in Boston?

I want to get my sister tickets to an small theater production in Boston. Where are the plays/acts that really say something? [more inside]
posted by danep on Jan 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Am I making the right career choice even though I feel it might be wrong?

I recently chose to change directions in my career, so I’m back in school to receive the proper/required training. I did this in response to dislike of my former job and the realization that my artistic needs likely can’t be met through a full-time job. So I’ve chosen a career path that is very technical and science-based, opposite of anything artistic, but a good balance I think (I still plan on working on my art outside of job setting). I feel like it might be the wrong choice though since it's so different and that it might take over any artistic pursuits. Has anyone been in a similar situation? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Website Where You Donate Art Concepts

What's the name of the website where artists can have an idea that they don't have time to do themselves? I forgot to bookmark it. Ie. I have a really good band name idea, but don't have time to do the work so I donate the right for someone to use the idea for a year.
posted by Mobilisinmobili on Dec 12, 2011 - 2 answers

a more pleasant job I can support myself with while I work on my art?

What other jobs can am I qualified for that I could support myself on, but still give me time to pursue art? Or is my frustrating job as good as it gets without more qualifications / experience? [more inside]
posted by fireflies on Dec 11, 2011 - 17 answers

As the Mona Lisa is to Da Vinci ...

Inspired by this question about classics to read, I'm wondering what are the top works in visual arts, music and dance? What are most representative of major names, periods, schools, or turning points, etc.?
posted by maurreen on Dec 7, 2011 - 9 answers

AMDA LA, from 1-10

AMDA LA: good/bad/other? [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on Dec 1, 2011 - 3 answers

What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?

Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 21, 2011 - 51 answers

You got your chocolate in my peanut butter, etc.

Please help me come up with a list of great cross-discipline collaborations throughout history. [more inside]
posted by bigbluehouse on Nov 7, 2011 - 10 answers

Is there a website like Metafilter for the arts?

Is there a website like Metafilter for the arts? [more inside]
posted by beshtya on Oct 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Sources for figuring out what's on in London

Londoners, I want to know about events listings websites, promoter and venue Facebook pages, curated blogs, web forums, and whatever else is out there to find out what's going on in this town in music/arts/culture in general. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Oct 23, 2011 - 8 answers

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