Meet the winner of the 2023 Telegraph Poetry Competition

Our guest judge for this year’s competition is Victoria Kennefick, whose book Eat or We Both Starve won the 2022 Seamus Heaney Prize. “Why Whistlejacket? immediately stood out to me, his clever couplets galloped across the page,” she says. “Taylor’s writing is fresh, confident and original, especially in creating a very sensual experience for the reader, ‘the taste of peat … the scent of a mare in his nostrils’.” Taylor amplifies and expands the painting’s meaning as she creates a work of art and a Whistlejacket all her own. It’s a poem, and a painting, to which I will return again and again.”

Above you can watch a video of Dame Harriet Walter performing Why Whistlejacket? “This poem ticks so many of my boxes,” she says: “A personal particularity of words, some sensual alliteration and tight rhymes and an immersion in place and tempo that in turn immerses the reader.”

Below you can read Why Whistlejacket? along with the other poems that made our shortlist. Among hundreds and hundreds of entries, there were many that raised a smile – I smiled at Telegraph crossword fan Frank Pearce’s ode to the okapi, an animal “of interest only for cross-commitments” – but we had to limit it to a final four runners -up.

Alex Faulkner’s Crane Fly, a witty, rhyming tribute to the ephemeral insect, was a reminder that the best light verse – like the best comedy – doesn’t leave you hanging for the last line too long.

Sharon Ashton’s Dying Swan seduced me with its pure musicality – “down, boned and tight-sewn” – as she portrayed the bird’s last moments. Just read these lines aloud: “this shift to winged others/ this step from flesh to graded feather”.

In Elizabeth Soule’s Creature – a riveting flight of gothic imagination, with shades of Sylvia Plath – the poet creates a kind of Frankenstein’s monster from bric-a-brac. It’s a revamped golem that “uses splintered fence posts to form a stiffened spine”, a “hanger pelvis” and “a birdcage for a ribcage”.

Hannah Gillie’s King Prawn was the only illustrated entry we received – and it’s a delight, her joyous cartoons adding an extra kick to the tight rhymes.

Anyone with a funny bone will smile at the sight of the titular crustacean in its crown, a hot pink despot carried around in a palanquin by two mice.

Poor old King Prawn’s ego takes a hit when he realizes he’s not the only ruling animal (don’t forget the Emperor Palanquin and Kingfisher).

I’ve read every single entry over the past few weeks, and I’ve appreciated the effort and imagination that went into all of them. It was especially encouraging to hear from readers who were inspired by this competition to try their hand at poetry for the first time in years. If you entered and didn’t make the final list, please don’t be disheartened. Rosamund Taylor has some great advice for aspiring writers: “Just the act of sending something out, even if it never gets beyond that, is a very important step on the writing journey.

“The more you send out, the more confidence you gain.”

After all, Whistlejacket didn’t win his first race at Newmarket in 1755 – but returned the following year and galloped to victory.

The winning poem:

Why Whistlejacket? by Rosamund Taylor

(After ‘Whistlejacket’, George Stubbs, 1762)

Not because he is a horse
⠀⠀ but because he makes me nimble,

run weightless through willow grass
⠀⠀and yellow-rattle, a delicious

wildness; because his smooth muscles
⠀⠀ could carry him

to another eternity; because his eyes
⠀⠀ miss the roll over the downhills,

and because he knows the taste of turf
⠀⠀underhead, the scent of a mare

in his nostrils, and because when he charges
⠀⠀to me in the gallery

the nubile women and Persian armies
⠀⠀ next to him gets tough

and because I tried to lose myself
⠀⠀ in the is-ness of things

and Whistlejacket it is is,
⠀⠀ eruption, in

himself; it’s not because he’s a horse
⠀⠀and that’s because horse is all he is.

The short list of poems:

Crane Fly by Alex Faulkner

the crane flies,
whose architecture
⠀⠀ One cannot disapprove
is good until it hits the wall
⠀⠀and then it can’t fly at all

Dying Swan by Sharon Ashton

It doesn’t grow easier,
this shift to winged others,
this step from flesh to graded feather ─
⠀⠀ congratulations
⠀⠀⠀⠀ to scapular
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀to mysterious
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to flee;
this flattening of chest, compression of ribs, pause for breath
as wombs are exchanged for cages of down, deboned and tightly sewn up
to coagulate, release any blood that may drip through quills
through a thousand flexions and extensions of neck,
arches of spine, convolutions of joints as limbs realigned
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to tremble
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ to hang
⠀⠀⠀⠀ to shudder
⠀⠀ until death
on boards becomes moonlit water.

Creature by Elizabeth Soule

Give me your cast-offs.
I’ll pick up your splintered fence posts
to form a stiffened spine,
tibia, fibula and femur,
gangling limbs swinging
of wire coat hanger basin
to patrol the borders of worlds
not on feet of clay
but broken souls.

Snapped pins, bent spears, included pins
will pinch, stab, write
in the future.

The rusty cage
in which your trapped canary
sang his life away
will form the ribs
and I will fill his void with poems
torn from books
which you have thrown aside.

I’ll take the radio you threw away
to keep up with a digital world
and I will make a skull
filled with echoes
of old music, wise discussions
scary stories

and I will gather fallen feathers
that my creature may have wings
to ride the lightning.

King Prawn by Hannah Gillie

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culture programme includes works focused on the patriarchy and climate change

The world’s richest citizens who descend on the Swiss ski town of Davos this week for the annual World Economic Forum can also take in works of art that focus on “technology, the imperatives of climate change, gender equality and the global refugee crisis”, says the program curator. .

Joseph Fowler, head of arts and culture at the World Economic Forum, selected works by artists and photographers, including New York-based Sarah Cameron Sunde and Turkish-American new media artist Refik Anadol.

Sunde’s project 36.5 / A Duration Performance with the Sea, is “an artistic reflection on the fragility and vulnerability of ourselves, as well as our cities and urban environments, in the face of extreme weather events, climate crisis and rising sea levels,” Fowler said in a statement in partnership with Forbes.

The series of nine site-specific participatory performance works and video works began with “an impulsive poetic gesture in response to Hurricane Sandy’s impact on New York City [in 2012]—who stood in the water for 12 hours and 48 minutes while the tide rose and fell on her body,” reads a statement on Sunde’s website. The artist filmed others 36.5 tidal works in Mexico, San Francisco, the Netherlands and Bangladesh.

of Sarah Cameron Sunde’s 36.5 / A Duration Performance with the Sea (2013 – 2022)

Courtesy of the artist

The of Anadol Machine hallucinations—Coral dreams (2021) was a talking point during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2021. His work, displayed on the beach, was launched as part of an exhibition organized by the NFT platform Aorist. “Anadol and his team collected nature-themed data using 1,742,772 images of coral from publicly available social media platforms.”

Again inspired by the degradation of the coral reefs, Anadol has created a new site-specific piece that will be unveiled at Davos called Artificial Realities: Coralbased on about a billion images of coral. The work, a large “data sculpture,” aims to use the Metaverse and blockchain economies to alleviate global climate change issues, Fowler says.

“What’s particularly fascinating about Anadol’s work is how it bends our perceptions and offers new ways of interpreting data, as well as alternative ways of seeing and thinking about shape, color, form and movement,” adds Fowler.

Fowler will also unveil a large-scale mural with the title at Davos The color of resilience created by young people based in refugee camps worldwide. The project was organized with the New York-based non-profit organization Artolution which worked with four separate groups of refugee youth living in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan; the Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda; the Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh and the Venezuelan refugee and internally displaced communities in Colombia.

“This large-scale unique artwork is the first collaborative, transcultural and internationally produced public artwork from crisis contexts around the world,” says Fowler.

Meanwhile, a special exhibition—The only woman in the room—with images from the book The Only Woman (Phaidon) by Immy Humeshighlights “women who made their way in a man’s world, shown through group portraits with each a lone woman”.

“Everybody [image by the US filmmaker Humes] offers forensic evidence of patriarchy on parade, along with all the other forces of dominance. It is a fresh contribution to the visual and cultural history full of unheard stories, courage, achievement, outrage, mystery, fun and above all extraordinary women,” says Fowler.

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The NFTYS, the Pre-eminent Web3 Innovation Awards Gala, Announced for June 14, 2023

The Academy of Digital Arts, Sciences and Culture opens NFT membership for nominations

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Academy of Digital Arts, Sciences and Culture (ADASC) is excited to announce the launch of its new NFT Membership Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and the annual NFTYS Awards Gala (NFTYS) on June 14, 2023 in The NIKO Theater metaverse layer at Worre Studios Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ADASC DAO NFT membership allows members to participate in the organization’s decision-making processes and to earn rewards for their contributions to the community. This new DAO will create a collaborative and inclusive environment for artists, technologists and cultural innovators working with NFTs and the Web3 space.

“ADASC is committed to fostering a vibrant, diverse and innovative community that celebrates achievement in an agnostic way and becomes a platform for all protocols to shine when they deserve it,” said Larry Namer, Co-Executive Producer of The NFTYS and Founding Member of ADASC. “The launch of the NFT Membership DAO and the annual NFTYS Awards Gala is a testament to this commitment. We invite all stakeholders from the global Web3 and entertainment community to join us in celebrating the achievements and contributions of their peers at this exciting annual opportunity.”

ADASC will also produce The NFTYS, the first and largest awards show dedicated to recognizing the cultural innovators redefining fashion, art, music, entertainment and technology across the Metaverse. NFTY categories include fashion, music, art, film, sports, eSports, entertainment and technology, and are judged by an esteemed panel of cross-industry individuals.

Also announced yesterday was the name of the first NFTY award, The Haber-Stornetta Innovator of the Year NFTY, which honors the legacy of Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornettaco-inventors of the blockchain in 1991 with the first ever patent issued in 1997 for non-swimmable locations (tokens) on a distributed ledger (now known as an NFT). This award will be the pinnacle of achievement for use cases that advance the distributed ledger and use of tokenization in Web3 innovation each year and will recognize the individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of blockchain and distributed ledger technology.

An NFTY is a presented award coined with award-winning metadata that makes recognizable achievements in Web3, blockchain and cultural metaverses. The show will feature awards in categories such as artistic excellence, technical innovation, cross-collaborative IP drops, social good, most impactful community, AI/VR/AR integration excellence, and more, while keeping track of which chains are represented by the number of nominations and awards on a public immutable ledger for historical posterity.

“We are delighted to announce that award-winning director Ben DeJesus signed on to direct the NFTYS broadcast,” said Chris J Snook, creator of The NFTYS and founding member of ADASC.

The NFTYS will be broadcast worldwide via on-demand pay-per-view at a variety of ticket access levels, giving NFT enthusiasts and the general public the opportunity to participate in the celebration, be inspired to learn, and to communicate within the broadcast from anywhere in the world with The NIKO Theater metaverse layer at Worre Studios.

Larry Namer, Founder of E! Entertainment Network and Metan Global begin the list of notable founding DAO members with voting and nomination rights, which include Stuart Haber and W. Scott Stornetta, co-inventors of the blockchain; Martin Pompadur, former GM at ABC, chairman at Metan Global; Lawrence KasanoffChairman/CEO of Threshold Entertainment Group; Ninon Apreaactress and former board member of SAG; Gerard DacheExecutive Director, Government Blockchain Association; Amy James, Executive Director of Web3 Working Group and co-inventor of Open Index Protocol; Rachel Pether CFA, Executive Board at Haqq Network and Fintech.TV anchor; Vince MolinariCEO of Fintech.TV; Gavin GillasCEO of Project Venkman; Kyle Wiley, Founder of Connector Labs; Dr. Greg Reidaward-winning writer and filmmaker; Ben DeJesusPartner at NGL Collective; Winston MaCo-Founder of Cloudtree Ventures; Marina WorreCEO of Worre Studios; Travis Wright from Web3 Media Group; IP3; Donald LimBlockchain Board of the Philippines, Seth Shapiro, Amanda Russelland dr. Jennifer Lee, to name a few. Over the next 5 years, a total of 150 top tier memberships will be distributed through nomination and referral from this foundation membership.

Early supporters and sponsors of this project and some of its categorical grants include Ripple’s Creator Fund, which is focused on bringing creators and their NFT projects to market on the public blockchain, XRP Ledger and Project Venkman. For sponsorship information and awards categories or events send an email [email protected].


ADASC is a social benefit civic organization that promotes the benevolent use of breakthrough technology innovation across Arts, Sciences and Culture. Its membership includes a variety of invitational and public levels that form the decentralized and diverse nominating committee of honorees and awards at its annual public celebration and broadcast of The Annual NFTYS Awards Gala. For more information on Academy membership and nominations for The NFTYS please visit https://nftys.org

Brianna Snook
[email protected]

SOURCE The Academy of Digital Arts, Sciences and Culture

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Arts and Culture Newsletter: Revisiting ‘Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters’

Good morning, and welcome to the UT Art & Culture Newsletter.

I am David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to everything essential in San Diego’s arts and culture this week.

If you missed “Street Legacy: SoCal Style Masters” this past summer at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, no worries. That unforgettable display of Chicano culture street art, graffiti, lowriders and more is documented in “The Street’s Legacy,” A YouTube film by Point Loma Nazarene University alumnus Hunter Scheidt.

What was intended to be a three- to five-minute video replay of the event turned into Scheidt’s 20-minute documentary. It includes not only works displayed in the exhibition, but behind-the-scenes footage in the gallery, interviews with some of the street artists represented, and insights from the show’s two curators, Bobby Ruiz, a local legend in this cultural arts scene, and G. James Daichendt, vice provost for undergraduate studies at PLNU.

The making of “The Street’s Legacy” required, says Scheidt, about 40 hours of filming and planning in collaboration with Ruiz, Daichendt and the CCA art gallery.

For Scheidt, who makes films and videos for architectural firms, the street art exhibition doc became a passion project.

“Having spent the last few years filming architecture for work,” he said, “I’ve learned how important it is to get the ‘why’. People like insight into why artists do what they do.

“I hope people (who watch the film) have the same experience I have with the culture. It’s a deep-rooted family that will do anything to help each other.”

The atmosphere of the CCA show was inspiring for Scheidt.

“Many shows or exhibitions are for the privileged with a set of guidelines: Don’t spill your drink. Don’t talk too loud. Do not touch the art. Don’t bring the kids. ‘Street Legacy’ was a show where they said to bring anyone and everyone and let them see our culture.

See it again in Scheidt’s “The Street’s Legacy,” then seek it out throughout San Diego County, where Chicano art and culture thrive.

READ MORE: All-encompassing exhibit focuses on SoCal’s street art legacy


This image released by Peanuts Worldwide shows promotional art for the 1965 animated TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. The soundtrack has sold over five million copies.

(Uncredited / Associated Press)

If you missed as I saw “A Charlie Brown Christmas” this holiday season, join the club. There has not been a network TV broadcast of the classic “Peanuts” because its broadcast rights belong to Apple TV+.

But through Christmas Day, Apple TV+ is offering free access to non-subscribers to stream “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Will you be encouraged to subscribe? Natural. ‘Tis the season for fields, Charlie Brown. Yet the enduring charm of this 1965 animated film, including the wonderful jazz score by Vince Guaraldi, trumps any cynicism.

More streaming

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in "Harry + Meghan."

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, in “Harry + Meghan.”

(Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)

Maybe I’m just a shameless Royals Watcher, but I couldn’t resist Netflix’s “Harry and Meghan,” the six-part documentary series about the controversial Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Granted, there aren’t as many startling revelations about the couple and their broken relationship with “The Institution”, as Harry calls the palace hierarchy, and there is a certain amount of victimhood assumed by the pair. To me, though, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle come across as real people, the kind you can invite over for drinks or dinner and have genuine conversations with.

However, the abuse Meghan has been subjected to by the British tabloid press should not be underestimated. It was relentless and sometimes shocking. We hope that Harry, Meghan and their children have, as the Brits say, a “Merry Christmas” and a peaceful one.


2022 Kennedy Center Honors

2022 Kennedy Center Honoree George Clooney, bottom third from right, reacts as he gets a shoulder rub from fellow 2022 Honoree Bono during a group photo at the State Department following the Kennedy Center Honors gala dinner, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Washington. Also with Clooney are, front from left, Evan Ryan, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, Deborah Rutter, back row from left, Antony Blinken, David Rubenstein, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge, Bono, Kennedy Center Honorary Producers David Jammy, Liz Kelly and Ian Stewart

(Kevin Wolf/Associated Press)

U2 fans will call me a Grinch for saying this, but I’ve always found the Irish band to be tough and often preachy. That doesn’t mean Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. is not talented. It also does not mean that they do not have a merit Kennedy Center Honors.

The longtime Dublin band is among those who earlier this month received the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Artistic Achievement Honors in an event held at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC (The others: Gladys Knight , Amy Grant, Cuban-born composer/conductor Tania Leon and actor George Clooney.) The 45th Kennedy Center Honors program airs Wednesday night at 8 on CBS (KFMB-TV).

Visual art

"The Lover" by Collete Tamayo, MCASD chief museum educator, is part of the museum's staff exhibit

“The Lover” by MCASD Chief Museum Educator Collete Tamayo is part of the museum’s staff exhibit on view through Sunday, January 8 in La Jolla.

(Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego)

The creative and artistic staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego have the opportunity to share with the public the works of art they have produced themselves.

The MCASD Staff Exhibition is a community exhibition of works by museum employees now on view in the Axline Court in La Jolla. This show runs until January 8th.

While you’re there, check out the exhibit “Alexis Smith: The American Way,” which will close on January 29.

READ MORE: Alexis Smith and how she ‘represents the power and potential of self-actualization inherent in the American way’


The cast of CCAE Theatricals' world premiere musical "Witnesses."

The cast of CCAE Theatricals’ world premiere musical “Witnesses”.

(Aaron Rumley)

In the past year, San Diego theaters fully reopened, though it’s been a rocky recovery, with the closing of the 46-year-old San Diego Repertory Theatre, a handful of unexpected show cancellations and COVID outbreaks that have scuttled weeks of shows across the country. Many theaters offered feel-good comedies and musicals to lift the spirits of pandemic-weary residents. But the shows that resonated most with me most directly dealt with pressing national issues: a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism, a rise in hate speech on Twitter, and mass murders of Black and LGBTQ Americans.

READ MORE: Here are Pam Kragen’s top theater picks of 2022


Compilation of a photo originally given to UT by Jeremy McQueen

(Courtesy photo by Eduardo Patino)

Jeremy McQueen, the man behind the dance collective Black Iris Project, wanted to bring his work back to his hometown, but it wasn’t easy.

READ MORE: A San Diego-bred choreographer just wants to come home. It shouldn’t be that hard.


University of California Television invites you to enjoy this special selection of programs from across the University of California. Descriptions courtesy of and text written by UCTV staff:

“Classic Holiday Movies”: Enjoy a trio of holiday classics this Saturday on UCSD-TV featuring guardian angels in many forms – from squirrels, to ghosts, to friendly (and sometimes not-so-friendly) spirits. The evening begins with Jimmy Durante and a squirrel named Rupert saving the day in “A Christmas Wish.” Next, three benevolent ghosts help a young couple find lasting love in “Beyond Christmas.” And finally, no holiday movie marathon would be complete without Dickens’ classic tale of everyone’s beloved curmudgeon, “Scrooge.” To watch UCSD-TV classic movies, tune into your local cable station every Saturday from 4:00 PM to midnight and check our website for movie times at ucsd.tv/movies.

“Sanford Stem Cell Symposium 2022”: Enjoy presentations from this year’s two-day multidisciplinary event from the Sanford Stem Cell Institute. Stakeholders from academia, industry, government and the public discuss developments in the field to turn stem cell-based therapies into approved products for patients in need. You’ll also learn about recent breakthroughs in stem cell regeneration in various disease areas and watch highlights from interactive discussion panels regarding stem cells in space, stem cell clinical trials, and more.

“Informed Consent, Genomics Data and Health”: New technologies, shifting demographics and changing societal expectations point to the need for people from all walks of life to be part of fact-based discussions about the checks and balances in place when it comes to human research. Anthony Magit, MD, MPH, shares the importance of institutional review boards (IRBs), oversight and consent when conducting research with human subjects. He is joined by Pratheesh Sathyan, Ph.D., and George Hightower, MD, for a wide-ranging discussion of clinical trials, HIPAA, research design, consumer genetic testing and more.

And finally: Top weekend events

A holiday character celebrates the season at the Holiday Market at Petco Park.

A holiday character celebrates the season at the Holiday Market at Petco Park.

(Courtesy of Alec Basanec/Petco Park Events)

Here are some of the best things to do in San Diego County this weekend, including theater, concerts, holiday events, “The Nutcracker” and more.

Coddon is a freelance writer.

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$500K in grants given to arts and culture organizations across SE Michigan

Dozens of arts and cultural organizations across Southeast Michigan are receiving tens of thousands of dollars in grants from local foundations to support their work.

A total of $500,000 in grants have been awarded to nearly 30 organizations by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as part of their effort to “strengthen the financial strength and long-term viability of Southeast Michigan’s arts transform. and cultural community.” The grants are part of a $100 million commitment made in December 2021 by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with CFSEM.

In addition to providing “permanent operating funding streams” for various institutions, the investment is also used to provide annual grants to support “small and mid-sized arts and culture nonprofits” in Southeast Michigan.

“When we made our $100 million commitment to Southeast Michigan’s arts and culture sector, we did so out of the Foundation’s economic development focus area. These organizations, both large and small, are important economic drivers in their neighborhoods, communities and the broader region,” said Jim Boyle, vice president of programs and communications at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “This donation is our unique and long-term contribution to the arts and culture sector. We look forward to seeing the amazing work coming from these new grantees.”

Officials said Monday that grants were awarded to a “wide variety of nonprofits,” many of which have a mission of inclusion, equity or a focus on amplifying minority voices.

Here is the full list of 2022 Wilson Arts and Culture Award recipients, as written by CFSEM:

  • Capture of Faith: $20,000 for The D Portrait Studio and its connection with Detroit students to learn the business of photography, including hosting neighborhood pop-up studios and an outdoor exhibition.

  • Sidewalk Detroit: $20,000 to support ongoing programming in promoting spatial equity through neighborhood-based engagement and public art planning.

  • Chamber Project, fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects, Inc.: $20,000 to support women, non-binary and trans writers and artists.

  • Anton Art Center: $20,000 for general operating expenses with a focus on partnerships, innovation and special projects.

  • HAI Foundation: $20,000 in support of City of Asylum Detroit and its fellowship program for artists in exile.

  • Livingston Arts Council: $20,000 to support general operating expenses and expanded programming.

  • American Citizens for Justice: $20,000 to support the Michigan Asian American Documentary Film Festival with an emphasis on social justice films.

  • Detroit Narrative Agency, fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects, Inc.: $20,000 to support its Emerging Filmmakers Workshop Series.

  • Live Coal, fiscally sponsored by Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation: $20,000 to support Detroit rePatched, an arts-infused green space and arts center in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

  • TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture, fiscally sponsored by North End Woodward Community Coalition: $20,000 to support a multigenerational oral history documentation and performative storytelling inquiry that explores the multiple narratives of migration and movement within the city of Detroit.

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival: $20,000 for community programming to expand the impact of the festival.

  • Planet Ant Theatre: $20,000 to support the collaborative development and delivery of a summer pilot program for children in kindergarten through third grade.

  • Living Arts: $20,000 for general operating expenses with a focus on social and emotional learning-centered arts education.

  • River Raisin Center for the Arts: $20,000 to support removing financial barriers to expanded community engagement with multidisciplinary programming.

  • Garage Cultural: $20,000 to support the prioritization of human-centered processes in the creative economy.

  • A multitude of people: $20,000 to support general operating expenses and an ensemble-generated production.

  • The Detroit Creativity Project: $17,500 to support an applied improvisational theater pilot program for foster youth in Wayne County.

  • Historic Elmwood Foundation: $17,500 to support the preservation and promotion of history at Elmwood Cemetery and to develop and offer cultural, educational and social programs to benefit the community.

  • Voce Velata, fiscally sponsored by Artrain, Inc.: $17,500 to support its youth-driven music education programming and professional development opportunities for music educators.

  • Eisenhower Dance Ensemble: $17,500 to support programming and operational strategies that will increase access and promote inclusivity for audiences and dancers.

  • Enter stage right: $17,500 to support general operating expenses and expanded programming.

  • Orkes Sono: $15,000 to support performances with greater community involvement to expand audience reach.

  • Ann Arbor Art Center: $15,000 for the ArtBox program, which provides basic art supplies to underserved individuals throughout southeast Michigan.

  • Greater Impact House, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, Inc.: $15,000 for his efforts to raise awareness about accessibility, inclusion and mental health in the arts community.

  • design connect: $15,000 to support the expansion of a creative design curriculum at the Detroit School of the Arts.

  • Third place [Music Fest]fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, Inc.: $10,000 for performances in public and community spaces throughout Ann Arbor.

  • Black and Brown Theatre: $10,000 to support live performances and workshops with Detroit elementary school students.

  • All the world’s a stage: $7,500 to support a theater arts education program for kindergarten through eighth grade students in Macomb County.

  • The Wesley Foundation: $5,000 to support Sacred Ink, a gallery show of professional photos featuring tattooed students plus accompanying narratives.

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    Le Weekend ➡️ Aerial photo for Iran’s women, Ukrainian lion cubs, BTS People’s Choice

    December 10-11

    • Turkish alphabet
    • Germany’s enigmatic chancellor
    • Lion cubs and snow
    • … and much more.


    What do you remember about the news this week?

    1. Twenty-five people were arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of plotting to overthrow which country’s government?

    2. Why was Peru’s ousted president detained by the police in Lima after his impeachment?

    3. What surprising prohibitions on personal conduct did Indonesia’s new criminal code include?

    4. Remains of an extinct species that had gone missing were found in the cupboard of a museum. What species was it? A Dodo / A Tasmanian Tiger / A Saber Tooth Cat

    [Answers at the bottom of this newsletter]

    #️⃣ TRENDING

    A Cuban singer went viral on Twitter because of his name: the musician, who lives in Venezuela, is called Pedro Castillo, like Peru’s recently ousted president. “Can Mr. Elon Musk make Peruvians understand that I am not the president? You can’t imagine how many notifications I receive,” Castillo tweeted this week. The singer then responded to the news of the accusation against Peru’s president, saying he was “relieved” and that his account had “calmed down a bit.” The artist already faced a similar situation in 2021 when his namesake was elected, which forced him to paste a tweet on a profile that read “Peruvian friends. Read well: I am not the president of Peru not.”


    • Zelensky named TIME’s person of the year: Time magazine has named Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as its 2022 Person of the Year, along with the “spirit of Ukraine.” The magazine’s editor said the decision was “the clearest in memory.”

    • French artist offers support for Iranian women: French photographer and street artist, JR, organized a protest in New York to show support for the Iranian protesters. Protesters gathered on New York’s Roosevelt Island to recreate a portrait of 16-year-old Iranian Nika Shahkarami, who died after a protest in Tehran.

    • Europe’s largest Middle Eastern bookseller to close: London bookshop, Al Saqi Books, Europe’s largest Middle Eastern specialty bookshop will close following the rise in prices of Arabic language books, as well as the economic turmoil following Brexit. The bookstore opened in 1978 and sells books in Arabic, as well as books about the Middle East and North Africa in English.

    • Google pays tribute to Kuwaiti actor: Google paid tribute to esteemed Kuwaiti actor, singer, playwright and comedian Abdulhussain Abdulredha. The media giant, the seventh of 14 children, celebrated his 83rd birthday with a doodle illustrated by guest artist Ahmed Al-Refaie from Kuwait.

    • BTS wins big at 2022 People’s Choice Awards: K-pop group BTS took home three awards at this year’s People’s Choice Awards, the entertainment awards show based on public popularity. The South Korean group beat out other big stars like Bad Bunny, Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Harry Styles and Lady Gaga.

    🚀🗑️ CAN IDEA

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    3. Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code that includes a ban on sex outside of marriage and living together, which also applies to foreign residents and tourists.

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    Art from the Heart, National Gallery, review

    Even in our increasingly secular age (as evidenced by the latest census), Christmas remains for many a period of reflection and tradition, an opportunity to reconnect with ancient ways of doing things. Apparently not for the National Gallery, where advent has – rather brilliantly – become the season of innovation.

    Two years ago, for example, it unveiled several midnight-blue dust pods, each as tapered as a wizard’s hat, in which visitors could watch a 13-minute long “experience” about Jan Gossaert’s altar piece The Adoration of the Kings on glossy screens. . Imagine if Carols from King’s tried something this funny.

    Now comes its latest effort to engage a demographic of digital natives, Fruits of the Spirit: Art from the Heart, for which it has partnered with various institutions across Britain, from Plymouth to Dundee. For this virtual exhibition, which can be accessed for free on the gallery’s website, nine famous works from the National collection, including Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, have been chosen to represent “positive qualities” (love). illustrate. , kindness, self-control, and so on) from Saint Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

    Each is then paired with a picture from somewhere else (Monet’s Water Lilies, for example, is juxtaposed with an altar piece from Canterbury Cathedral), and “hung” inside an octagonal, computer-generated capriccio, with wooden floors, sage- green walls, and an enormous oculus that offers an uplifting view to blue skies above.

    The functionality is impressive and user-friendly. Viewers can turn 360 degrees and look at all the paintings arranged in small, chapel-like bays beyond semicircular arches. Benches even appear here and there – superfluous of course, but strengthen the illusion – although one lesson from this experiment is that curatorial principles must still be respected. In its software-evoked corner, Monet’s expansive canvas looks cramped.

    Less successful (as the exhibition’s naff subtitle might suggest) is the analysis of the works on display. Intended to “explore topics essential to well-being”, this has a swirling, meandering quality that reminded me of Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

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    From Violent Nights to Cracked Nuts: a complete guide to this week’s entertainment | Culture

    Go out: Bio scope

    Violent night
    Out now
    In a way, the concept of Santa Claus is already a home-invasion thriller, in which a man breaks into your house and leaves presents based on an assessment of your moral purity obtained by watching you in unsolicited ways . But in this action comedy, he’s the good guy who defends a family against a no-good gang of robbers. David Harbor stars as not-so-holy Nick.

    Tori and Lokita
    Out now
    The Belgian duo, the Dardenne brothers, are one of cinema’s most respected directors, creating stark portraits of mainly working-class people under pressure, and their latest is no different. Full of heart and humanity, this is the often gloomy story of Tori (Pablo Schils) and Lokita (Joely Mbundu), a couple of young people from Africa who struggle to live with any semblance of dignity in Europe.

    Fanny and Alexander
    Out now
    Ingmar Bergman’s impeccable, classic story of an extended family in the early 20th century turns 40 this year and is being reissued by the BFI for the occasion. One caveat: you’ll need to set aside some time, as even the shortened version runs to 188 minutes.

    Out now
    Starring John Waters, David Lowery and Rodney Ascher, this is a documentary with a singular focus, looking at how 1939 family masterpiece The Wizard of Oz influenced the work of filmmaker David Lynch. Catherine Bray

    Go out: Performances

    Likes hangovers… R&B experimentalist Kehlani Photo: Marcus Cooper

    December 4th on December 12; tour starts London
    R&B experimentalist Kehlani’s third album, April’s atmospheric Blue Water Road, found them going all out on love, a switch from 2020’s more toxic It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. Displaying various shades of complex emotions has become a Kehlani trait, with their performances swinging between the sweet and the sour. Michael Cragg

    December 4 to December 20; tour starts Cardiff
    As part of their late 20th anniversary celebrations, ’00s boy band Blue are embarking on an extensive arena tour (supported by denim-clad leg wagglers, B*Witched). While recent sixth album Heart & Soul added a handful of singles to their repertoire, the set list is likely to lean heavily on their bank of R&B-pop bangers and ballads. MC

    Scottish National Jazz Orchestra: In the Spirit of Duke
    Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, 3 December
    One of Europe’s great jazz big bands, led by saxophonist Tommy Smith, performs some of jazz composing legend Duke Ellington’s most famous works, including Rocking in Rhythm, Black and Tan Fantasy and 1959’s The Queen’s Suite. John Fordham

    Colosseum, London, December 8
    ENO’s one-off concert performance of Britten’s opera, depicting the final years of Elizabeth I, was originally planned as a belated platinum jubilee celebration, and is now becoming a tribute to the late queen. Christine Rice takes the role of Elizabeth, with Robert Murray as the Earl of Essex; Martin Brabbins conducts. Andrew Clements

    Go out: Increase

    Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor
    Appointment to watch … Juliet Stevenson in The Doctor. Photo: Manuel Harlan

    The doctor
    Duke of York’s, London, until 11 December
    Last chance to catch Juliet Stevenson’s stunning performance in The Doctor. Arthur Schnitzler’s play about a doctor with a dilemma was adapted with typical flair by theatrical prodigy Robert Icke.

    Bettie! A kind of musical
    Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, until 14 January
    Brand new musical about Betty Boothroyd, the first female speaker of the House of Commons. Created by and starring Maxine Peake and Seiriol Davies and directed by Peake’s long-term collaborator Sarah Frankcom. Miriam Gillinson

    Made Up Games Live!
    Bloomsbury Theatre, WC1, 5, 7 and 8 December
    Over the past eight years, Elis James and John Robins have established themselves as one of the most enduring comedy partnerships on British radio. Now they’re translating this long-running segment – ​​in which a fiercely competitive Robins takes on the flawed James in a game invented by the listeners – to the stage for what should be a hell of a fun live show. Rachel Aroesti

    Cracked Nuts: Camper as Christmas
    Old Wool, Farsley, nr Leeds, December 3 and 4; Cold Bath Brewery, Harrogate, December 7; tour until December 20
    A cabaret performance of Christmas stalwart The Nutcracker, from Leeds-based LGBTQ+ group Glitterbomb Dancers. For all the promised glamour, sass, jokes and pop songs, this show has solid dance credentials, co-directed by sharp choreographer Joseph Mercier, dance artist Imogen Reeve and Matthew Robinson of the National Dance Company of Wales. Lyndsey Winship

    Go out: Art

    Lagniappe (2020), by Jo Coupe
    Lagniappe (2020), by Jo Coupe, part of Hinterlands at the Baltic, Gateshead. Photo: Rob Harris/Rob Harris/ Baltic Center for Contemporary Art

    Baltic, Gateshead, on April 30
    Artists from the Northeast, including activist Emily Hesse, who died in early November, explore their connections to place. They explore not only the visible topography of the region, but its invisible poetry. Along with Hesse, participants include Jo Coupe (work pictured, above). Uma Breakdown, Laura Harrington, Mani Kambo, Sabina Sallis, Foundation Press and more.

    Bloomberg New Contemporaries
    South London Gallery of December 9 to March 12
    This exhibition of young artists is a window into where we are headed. A generation that grew up with climate and other crises might be forgiven for jaundiced perspectives. Yet the variety of approaches is as irrepressible as ever, from surrealist photography by Mehmil Nadeem to Rudy Loewe’s Anansi banner.

    Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, to January 8
    Money: as the recent Joe Lycett furore proved, it’s a gas to vandalize—or even pretend. This exhibition looks at how hard cash has been deliberately damaged and gleefully transformed by protestors and artists since the 18th century. Money became a political symbol in the American and French Revolutions. Defaced currency has also appeared in recent protests by Black Lives Matter activists.

    British art fair
    The Box, Plymouth, on January 8
    Ghostly paintings of imaginary rainforests by Michael Armitage are the best things in this survey of current British art. Other highlights include Joanna Piotrowska’s shadowy black and white photography and Tai Shani’s Scooby Doo-ish sculptures. It’s a very uneven grab bag of the new that’s often fun, though rarely deep. Jonathan Jones

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    Accommodation in: Current

    Kate Winslet Mia Threapleton
    Family Affair … Kate Winslet and her real-life daughter Mia Threapleton star in I Am Ruth. Photo: Joss Barratt/Channel 4

    I am Ruth
    December 8, 9pm, Channel 4 & All4
    Each episode of this incredibly poignant anthology series sees creator Dominic Savage work closely with his female lead to form an intimate, nuanced portrait of a woman on the brink. This issue stars Kate Winslet as a mother whose child (Winslet’s real-life daughter, Mia Threapleton) buckles under the weight of social media’s insidious demands.

    Rosie Molloy gives it all up
    7 December, 10pm, Sky Comedy & Now
    Sheridan Smith reunites with Two Pints ​​of Lager creator Susan Nickson for a comedy about a hard-living Mancunian accountant sick of her many addictions (snacks, booze, Xanax, chocolate). But when she lets go of all her vices at once, the one-time chaos magnet is left to wonder who exactly she is without them.

    A spy among friends
    December 8ITVX
    ITV’s new streaming service is hitting the ground running with a batch of original content, including a feature-length Plebs final, period adaptation The Confessions of Frannie Langton and this very promising spy drama, starring Guy Pearce as infamous double agent Kim Philby and Damian Lewis as the MI6 colleague who thought he knew him.

    My dead body
    December 5, 10pm, Channel 4 & All4
    Before she died of a rare cancer in 2020, Toni Crews made the unprecedented decision to allow her body to be displayed in public, a gift intended to help the medical establishment better understand how the disease spreads. This extraordinary film documents the dissection of the 30-year-old, as well as the celebration of the person she was through interviews and home video footage. RA

    Accommodation in: Games

    Marvel's Midnight Suns
    Strange effect… Marvel’s midnight suns. Photo: 2K Games

    Marvel’s Midnight Suns
    Out now, PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Nintendo Switch
    Send some of Marvel’s lesser-known characters into turn-based strategy battles, while managing their friendships and love lives from the battlefield.

    The Callisto Protocol
    Out now, PlayStation, Xbox, PC
    From some of the creators behind the sci-fi horror masterpiece Dead Space comes this dark space station thriller – like Alien but with more blood.

    Dwarven Fortress
    Out December 6, PC
    This legendary nerdy fantasy game has you trying to manage a group of dwarves – but you never know what the game’s simulations will throw at you, from deadly weather to rebellion. Keza MacDonald

    Accommodation in: Albums

    Olly Murs
    Mursy paradise… Essex’s all-round entertainer returns to pop. Photo: Edward Cooke

    Olly Murs – Marry me
    Out now
    The pop star returned to his day job with TikTok polish on his first album in four years. A move to a new label hasn’t exactly changed his bubbly pop sound, however, with the album’s lead single, Die of a Broken Heart, bolting an earworm chorus to a song that features the Police and Bruno Mars was borrowed.

    White Lung – Premonition
    Out now
    Five years in the making, and delayed by life-changing events including the pandemic and first-time frontwoman Mish Barber-Way becoming a mother, this fifth album from the Canadian punk trio will also be their last. It’s a playful sign: caustic single, Date Night, reimagines God as a “bad boy who’s drunk.”

    Metro Boomin – Heroes and Villains
    Out now
    One of hip-hop and R&B’s most sought-after producers—recent clients include The Weeknd, Drake, and Nicki Minaj—Leland Wayne follows up 2020’s 21 Savage collaborative album, Savage Mode II, with this typically cinematic second solo project. Guests include Travis Scott.

    Half Alive – Conditions of a Punk
    Out now
    Half Alive’s seven-track Give Me Your Shoulders, Pt 1, which was released in February, was supposed to be followed by a second part to complete the album. Instead, the Californian alt-pop trio scrapped that idea in favor of this second full-length record, which fuses playful electronic flourishes with big pop sensibilities. MC

    Accommodation in: Brain food

    If Books Could Kill podcast
    Pulp Friction … If Books Could Kill examines the dangerous ideas propagated by airplane readings. Photo:-

    If books could kill
    Airport books may seem designed only to be skimmed and tossed on the plane home. This entertaining series from Michael Hobbes aims to debunk that theory, tracing how pulpy bestsellers have often fueled dangerous ideas.

    Spiritual Floss
    Mental Floss’ weekly episodes play along the lines of educational video essay channels like Big Think, breathing fresh life into topics as diverse as the unusual history of the California roll and the mystery of baby pigeons.

    Spike Milligan: The Unseen Archive
    December 7, 9pm, Sky Arts
    Home movies, unpublished plays and even the backs of envelopes form the source material for this fascinating film about the comic Spike Milligan. The recordings and documents offer an unguarded glimpse into an often troubled mind. Ammar Kalia

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    Vermeer’s secrets: Why we’re fascinated by art fakes

    One of the most prolific forgers in American history, Mark Landis spent 20 years posing as a philanthropist, donating fakes he created to more than 50 museums while never making a profit. “I have never been treated with so much respect and dignity in my life,” he said. “I got addicted to it.” Despite the deception, Landis never made any money from it, so it was not seen as a crime.

    Wolfgang and Helene Beltracchi profited greatly from their crimes – passing off their own creations as works by artists such as Max Ernst and Fernand Léger, and selling them for millions, before being caught out by the wrong pigment. They both served long prison sentences. But when interviewed for a forthcoming book, they said they got a kick out of fooling a “fraudulent” art world. “For some counterfeiters, I think it’s a kind of pathological behavior,” says Wieseman. “It’s a fascinating subculture.”

    Tricks of the trade

    Crime writer Peter James interviewed real-life art forgers to research his latest book, Picture You Dead, revealing secrets such as sourcing a genuine artist’s period dress so that any fabric fibers that made it onto the paint work , would date it correctly.

    Counterfeiters are smart, Fletcher agrees. “Good forgers will have done their research. They will know not to use pigments made after the supposed date of creation of the work. This is the kind of stuff that tripped up forgers 50 years ago.” He’s heard of counterfeiters sending test pieces to labs dedicated to determining authenticity to see if they’re on the right track. Forgers are likely to target artists where there is speculation or uncertainty about exactly how many works they created in their lifetime – so as to cause less suspicion when a “new”, uncatalogued work suddenly appears on the market.

    But as the counterfeiters get better, so does the technology that catches them. “I would hate to be a forger now, because I think the scientific techniques and the imaging techniques have become so sophisticated,” says Wieseman. “It is possible to determine the place where a specific mineral pigment comes from, for example a region in Afghanistan.”

    Scandals like the Knoedler one make the art world extra cautious. “It kind of exposed that the biggest names in this trade are just as exposed to getting it wrong,” says Fletcher. “And some galleries and auction houses have a lot more reputation at stake than others.”

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    For 10 years, Casa Azafrán has created a culture of belonging

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