Listen as the hounds wax poetically on a local comic book convention in a box, a Pakistani "Sex in the City" at the Fringe, and the premier Minnesota bluegrass event of the year.
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It makes sense that St. Louis Park illustrator Chris Lyons stopped by Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis to check out "Lutefisk Sushi Vol. D." It's a mini comic book convention featuring bento boxes of comics from more than 60 local artists. It also includes a display of comic art on the walls which Chris was very impressed with. "Lutefisk Sushi Vol. D" is at Altered Esthetics through Aug. 26.
Mizna board member Nahid Khan likes shoes, wears a headscarf, and is an American whose parents emigrated from
Pakistan, which is partly why she's drawn to the Minnesota Fringe Festival production of "That Sara Aziz!" It's about four modern Pakistani-American women who want to embrace the bounty of American life while maintaining their their globally dispersed family relationships. You can see "That Sara Aziz!" Aug. 12, 14, and 15 at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis.
It's one of Marv Menzel's favorite times of the year, when pluckers and pickers converge on the campground El Rancho Mañana in Richmond, Minnesota for the annual Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival. Marv, who's proprietor of the Homestead Pickin' Parlor in Richfield, is especially looking forward to hearing national headliners Blue Highway and local heroes The High 48s on the main stage during the four-day celebration, which begins Aug 12.
And you can get an early sneak peek at the Art Hounds' picks every week by texting the word ART to 677-677.
The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education has announced a new graduate program aimed at Minnesota arts professionals.
The Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership is designed for arts and culture professionals who've already been working in the field for at least five years.
Sherry Wagner-Henry, Departmental Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Continuing Education, says the program comes out of several meetings with people in the arts community, who were looking for professional development opportunities.
Through focus groups, surveys and one-on-one conversations, one of the main points we got back was that we needed to offer something for people who've been working in arts and cultural leadership for 5 years, and want to build on that.
The masters program, which begins this fall, is being scheduled so that students can keep working full-time, and just take a couple of classes each semester. At this rate the 32 hour program would take four to five years to complete. Wagner-Henry says it costs in the area of $32-35,000 including fees, and so spreading the program over four to five years would makes it more affordable for some.
The U of M's College of Continuing Education, in cooperation with the Hubert H Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, already offers a certificate in non-profit management, with an option to focus on the arts. But Wagner-Henry says the two programs have marked differences.
The non-profit certificate and the Hubert Humphrey grad program are very proscribed, with a set curriculum. The strength of our program is that it's flexible, and can be catered to a student's needs. So if you have five or ten years experience in marketing, there's no need for you to take basic requirement courses in marketing.
One of the classes Wagner-Henry is excited to offer is a non-profit board practicum. She says people in the non-profit sector often feel like they're vying for the same small group of people to serve on their boards. The practicum would teach best practices for recruiting new board members, and how best staff and board can work together.
And instead of an internship, common in programs for people with less professional experience, this masters program offers a mentorship, partnering the student with one or two professionals in the community.
Wagner-Henry says it's about building a professional network and access for the student.
We're trying to build capacity in community leaders who are working through the lens of arts and culture. We're helping them to think about how they fit into their communities, how they help build communities, and how to strengthen their organizations.
Wagner-Henry says by the summer of 2013 she hopes to morph the Arts and Cultural Leaderhip masters program into more of an "institute," bringing in people from all over the country for 2-3 weeks of intensive learning, followed by on-line programs during the academic year. She says this would allow the University to offer the program nationwide, and would also serve to shorten the program from five to three years.
The ACL program tentatively plans to admit 10-15 students per fall and spring term beginning in September 2010. For further information about the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership, contact the CCE Graduate Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.(1 Comments)