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If You're In Richmond, Virginia, Friday ...

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The Body & the Culture Craig Pleasants
Artists Reception Friday, November 2 5:00 - 7:30 pm
ADA Gallery 228 W. Broad St. Richmond, VA adagallery.com

A Word From Writer Bella Pollen

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THIS FRIDAY!

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"The Best American Poetry" Blog Interviews Margaret Ingraham About Her @InPoetweet Project

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On February 20, 2012, Margaret B. Ingraham tweeted her first poem written for Twitter - the result of a serendipitous conversation with two strangers. But it was only the first step in her commitment to compose and upload one poetweet a day for a year. Today, she launched poetweet #242.
Julie E. Bloemeke interviewed Margaret about her InPoetweet project for The Best American Poetry blog.
LINKS TO: The Best American Poetry Interview with Margaret Ingraham @InPoetweet Twitter Page - TraVersingSplendor Margaret Ingraham's Website

Virginia Fellowships Now Accepting Applications

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VMFA VISUAL ARTS FELLOWSHIP
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 9, 2012The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for the Visual Arts Fellowships 2013-14. Grants range from $4,000-$8,000 and are awarded to professional artists as well as to art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline. Application and eligibility guidelines
VIRGINIA FOUNDATION FOR THE HUMANITIES RESIDENTIAL FELLOWSHIPS
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2013
The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities offers residential fellowships to scholars and writers in the humanities. They seek applications that are intellectually stimulating, imaginative, and accessible to the public. There are no restrictions on topic, and applications are invited from across the broad spectrum of the humanities.Application and eligibility guidelines

The Power of Poetry

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Retiring Virginia Poet Laureate Kelly Cherry and her successor, Sofia Starnes discuss poetry and read from their work on WVTF's October 12th show, Virginia Conversations: Power of Poetry. The show opened with a White House Evening of Poetry reading by VCCA Advisory Council Member and former Poet Laureate Rita Dove.

To hear the 60-minute show, click here.

New VCCA Fellowship in Memory of Composer George Edwards

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In memory of her husband, composer George Edwards, Rachel Hadas has established the George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships at VCCA. The two-week Fellowship will be presented annually beginning in 2014. Each year, it will alternate between composer, creative writer, and visual artist.
George Edwards, who died in 2011, was a three-time VCCA Fellow. In addition to his significant public career as a composer and critic, Edwards had a long and distinquished career at Columbia University. Hadas is establishing the endowment to memorialize her husband’s work by encouraging more composers to apply for VCCA residencies; and to inspire other Fellows to consider establishing their own endowments.

If you would like to contribute to the George Edwards and Rachel Hadas Endowment for Fellowships at VCCA, please click here.

George Edwards taught music theory and composition at the New England Conservatory in Boston from 1969 to 1976. He was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome fro…

If You're in DC on October 20 - Save the Date!

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If you're in the DC area on Saturday, October 20, don't miss the opening reception for VCCA Resident Artist Barbara Bernstein's new exhibition Points of View at the Arlington Arts Center. A site-specific solo exhibition, Points of View is part of Fall Solos 2012 awarded by the Arlington Arts Center with judges from the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian African Art Museum.

Points of View by Barbara Bernstein Opening Reception October 20 6 - 9 pm Arlington Arts Center 2550 Wilson Blvd Arlington, Virginia
Barbara has another exhibition planned for the Arlington area entitled Connections, a commission from the Virginia Transit Authority and Arlington Public Arts Council. Samples of the designs Barbara did for seven stations will be on display November 29 through December 23. On December 1, Barbara will be giving a talk about this project. Click here for more about Connections.

If you've been in residence at Mt. San Angelo recently, you may have seen Barbara's volunteer…

The Greening of Mt. San Angelo

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Thanks to grants from The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust and private donors, VCCA has begun work on Phase One of Mt. San Angelo's energy conservation measures—measures which will make life more comfortable for our Fellows, and cut utility costs by thousands of dollars. 

Better Building Works, a company specializing in energy engineering, created a master plan for reducing VCCA's carbon footprint. Now underway in the Langhorne Residence and the Cottage Studios, the work is being done by J&J Weatherization.
A big thank you to everyone who is making this possible!

In VCCA-France: "Jardin de l'Empereur" by Melissa S. Armstrong

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Gracefully arcing on slender stems in the grass behind Maison Vieilhescazes, ceramic bells chime, many holding mysterious tokens that entice viewers to investigate and wander in search of more. Jardin de l'Empereur, an installation created by VCCA Fellow Melissa S. Armstrong during her residency in Auvillar, France, rolls gently along the path leading to Coeur de Mon Coeur, a sculpture by artist and VCCA Artistic Director, Craig Pleasants. On Friday, September 21, Directrice RĂ©sidente Cheryl Fortier, VCCA Fellows, and guests from Auvillar and other local villages, spent a beguiling summer evening in the Emperor's Garden. They nibbled on chocolates and grapes, strolled amongst the belle flowers, then drifted up to Coeur de Mon Coeur, where they sat a long time simply talking and enjoying the magic. Later, they ambled back to Maison Vieilhescazes, where another resident Fellow, Vibhuti Patel, read from his work. All agreed that it was a thoroughly enchanted evening. 
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Painter Daniel Hauben in "The New York Times"

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The Sunday New York Times story is entitled Battered and Beautiful: His Bronx. It's about Daniel Hauben and the 22 friezes the Bronx Community College commissioned him to paint for their new North Hall and Library. 
A native son of the Bronx, Hauben's career has been in the borough's streets "...illuminating the surrounding lush landscapes and working people, infusing them with a touch of whimsy." (NY Times)
Daniel Hauben met his wife, composer/librettist Judith Lane, at VCCA in 1991.They live in the Bronx with their cats—one of whom is also from VCCA. Click here to see more of Daniel Hauben's paintings for the library Click here to read The New York Times article
Click here for Daniel Hauben's website