Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation® announced today singer and actress Sofia Carson will become a global ambassador for the Foundation. Carson’s role will include advocating, promoting, and increasing awareness of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation’s mission and educational programs.  She will also participate in events to help raise funds and promote the Latin GRAMMY Foundation’s primary charitable focus: to provide scholarships to students interested in Latin music, grants to scholars and organizations worldwide for research and preservation of diverse Latin music genres, and music education programs, including musical instrument donations to schools in need.

Since its establishment five years ago, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation has donated a remarkable $5 million USD in scholarships, grants, musical instrument donations, and educational events in the United States and Ibero-America.

“Sofia Carson is an exceptional role model for all”, said Becky Villaescusa, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Corporate Development, Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. “Her education, discipline, and dedication inspire the music makers of tomorrow and we are incredibly thankful for her passion and generosity toward the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation. We know she will be an outstanding ambassador, helping us make strides in our awareness efforts and growth.”

“I am immensely proud to be the first Global Ambassador for the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, a foundation whose goal is to provide the Latin youth of the world with the precious gift of music education, and the priceless opportunity to share their music,” said Carson. “The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation and the incredible team behind its heart, offer life-changing opportunities to youth who are deeply committed to their art and are driven by their desire to leave behind a lasting musical legacy. I am deeply grateful. It is truly my privilege to be a part of this most worthy cause.”

In the world of entertainment, Carson is a force of nature, rising to the top of all she endeavors with grace and style. Carson was featured on the soundtrack to the Walt Disney film Descendants, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Continue reading “Sofia Carson becomes Global Ambassador for the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation”

Sudarshan Pattnaik , Sand Artist from Odisha, India wins People’s Choice Award

Sand artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik won ‘People’s Choice Award’ at Boston International Sand Art Championship. Pattnaik, a Padma Shi awardee, hails from Odisha, India. He represented India at the 2019 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival held in Boston, U.S.A.

Pattnaik sculpted a sand art on plastic pollution with a message “Save the Ocean”, which brought him the achievement.

The festival started on July 26 and concluded on July 28. There were 15 sculptors from around the world, including India, who participated in this festival. Belgium got sculptor”s choice and Canada got the jury”s choice prize.

“I have created sculpture on ”Stop Plastic Pollution” with the message “Save the Ocean”. Happy to see lots of people voted for my sculpture,” said Pattnaik.

Pattnaik, who is known for his sand sculptures on social awareness, has participated in more than 60 international sand sculpture championships across the world and won many awards for the country. A Padma Shri recipient, he is also a Guinness World Records holder.

Sudarshan has won a number of awards and accolades, including consecutive gold medals in Russia in 2016 and 2017, the Danish grand prize at the International Sand Art Competition in Denmark, and awards from Spain, Canada and many countries around the world.

Pattnaik attended the 2013 World Sand Sculpting Championship in Atlanta. In 2010, he won three gold medals at the North America Solo Sand Sculpting Competition. His sand recreation of the Taj Mahal in 2005 at the Houston International Sand Art festival is what first got him noticed in the United States.

The Revere Beach, the first public beach in the Boston area, hosts this unique annual competition- sand sculpting, every year.

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‘Classical music and arts represent India’s cultural glory’-Vice President

Art and dance forms act as bridge between the value systems of ancient India and the new generation: Vice President
Government, artists and musicians to nurture and propagate Indian classical Music and Art forms

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that art and dance forms act as bridge between the value systems of ancient India and the new generation. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Brahma Gana Sabha, in Chennai today. The Minister for Fisheries and Fishery Development, Tamil Nadu, Shri D. Jayakumar and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President presented – Gaana Padhmam Award to legendary classical musician, Dr. K.J. Yesudoss, Naatya Padhmam Award to Smt. Malavika Sarukkai and Naataka Padhmam Award to Shri Varadharajan.

The Vice President said that Classical music and arts represent India’s cultural glory and they represent the eternal and everlasting principles of life that promote discipline, obedience and peaceful coexistence, he added.

Shri Naidu said that music in any form acts as an equalizer. It has no barriers or boundaries. It speaks universal language, he said adding that music, art and culture promote the concept of oneness.

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Student art revitalizes Brampton Transit hub

A 16-foot long mural created by Sheridan College students was unveiled yesterday at Brampton Transit’s Gateway Terminal to help revitalize the space.

 Located at 501 Main Street South, the Brampton Gateway Terminal is a hub for students – particularly those from Sheridan College – making this project a natural collaboration. With the idea stemming from Brampton Transit employees who work at the terminal and wanted to beautify the space, the City commissioned several of the school’s Honours Bachelor of Illustration students to create a mural that represents Brampton Transit and its role in the community.

 Sheridan included this project in its summer illustration program.  Four students created the final artwork:  Alanna Campbell, Erina Chida, Isabella Fassler and Miri Molev. The mural project was led by Sheridan Illustration faculty Ted Zourntos and Julia Breckenreid, along with the support of Elijah Williams, Manager, Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, who guided the students in the identification of appropriate indigenous symbols to include in the mural. Continue reading “Student art revitalizes Brampton Transit hub”

ROM to Host Exclusive Exhibition of Photographs by Raghubir Singh

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be the final North American and exclusive Canadian venue for Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh in Paris, this retrospective presents the visionary works of late photographer Raghubir Singh (1942-1999), who pioneered the use of colour film to document the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural scenes of India from the late 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibition will be on display at the ROM from July 21 to October 21, 2018, following its run at The Met Breuer in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“As home to one of the world’s largest collections of South Asian art and culture, we are pleased to host this retrospective on the pioneering work of photographer Raghubir Singh,“ says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.“Singh’s illuminating portraits of India, taken from within the culture, have had a major influence on shaping our understanding of the richness and complexity of South Asian society and its unique place in the modern world.”

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs traces the full trajectory of Singh’s career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. The exhibition features more than 80 photographs and other objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Succession Raghubir Singh. Continue reading “ROM to Host Exclusive Exhibition of Photographs by Raghubir Singh”

ART OF BANKSY HITS TORONTO OFF THE WALLS!

— by Nita Balani

Toronto’s art scene reached a height with The Art of Banksy hitting the circuit with its North American premiere right here in The 6ix. It is especially promising for Toronto’s art circle to have Banksy’s prized exhibits on display here in our city as it further cements our place on the art map. There are over 80 pieces on display all installed with perfect lighting and is the largest blockbuster Banksy exhibit ever.

Banksy of the U.K. needs no introduction to most art lovers and graffiti artists. He rose to popularity from his illegal street art on the walls and buildings all over London and the United Kingdom because his satirical commentary on the political and social environment hit home with the general public. He grew rapidly from graffiti artist to an internationally acclaimed personality because he spoke a universal truth that resonated across all borders and cultures. And yet nobody knows who he is. His real identity has never been revealed!

The Art of Banksy’s curator (and former manager/friend) Steven Lazarides and his dream Team – co-curator Chris Ford, Live Nation and Starvox Exhibits, have done an exceptional  job of presenting Banksy’s chefs d’oeuvre with a unique flair.

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Escape the city. See great art.

The Return of the McMichael Art Bus
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is excited to announce that the McMichael
Art Bus is back this year – just in time for summer. Perfect for the urban-dwelling art lover in need of an escape, the Art Bus departs from downtown Toronto to the McMichael and back for only $15 plus general admission.
 
Every Sunday from June 10 to October 28, round-trip transportation to the McMichael leaves from the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival headquarters’ parking lot located next to 80 Spadina Avenue (King and Spadina) at 10:30 am, and heads back downtown at 3:30 pm.
 
Art-goers can also purchase tickets for one of the McMichael’s Signature Performance Series: Acoustic Conversations which take place on select Sundays this summer, intertwining conversations and a live performance with influential Canadian hip hop talent such as Michie Mee, Maestro Fresh-Wes, and more.

The McMichael Art Bus provides a convenient and hassle-free transportation option for Torontonians to access and visit the gallery. The McMichael boasts 100 acres of grounds to explore, a Sculpture Garden, and hiking trails, which provide a relaxing and uplifting summer escape. Continue reading “Escape the city. See great art.”

Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids

Aga Khan Museum Opens Landmark Exhibition on One of the Muslim World’s Greatest Civilizations

Say “Cairo” and people envision King Tut, the pyramids at Giza, and the Arab Spring. But there’s another equally dramatic and forgotten tale. It is the story of the Fatimids. They built Cairo as the centre of their empire and their pluralistic society flourished from the late 10th-century to the mid-12th-century, stretching from North Africa to Iran to Sicily. 

 Opened March 10, 2018 at the Aga Khan Museum, “The World of the Fatimids,” is an exhibition that showcases the extraordinary Fatimid imprint on Sicily’s culture and explores Iranian connection through a wealth of objets d’art. Travel back in time and meet the Fatimids. They built the world’s one of the oldest university, great libraries, and are known for their spectacular architecture, including ornamented domes that still stand today.

The World of the Fatimids, opening March 10, 2018, sheds light on one of history’s most intriguing and vibrant civilizations, which at its height in the 10th and 11th centuries influenced thought and life throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and the Near East. Luminous ceramics, intricate carvings shaped from rock crystal, and artifacts decorated with Kufic calligraphy and embellished with vines and leaves are some of the luxury objects in this exhibition. All bear witness to a remarkable dynasty that fostered the arts and the sciences, yet is
little known in North America.

“We know from accounts of the time that Fatimid art and architecture was glorious,” says Henry Kim, Aga Khan Museum Director and CEO. “Most of it has vanished over the ages, so in bringing together objects from many international collections, Continue reading “Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids”

JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love”

JSW Groups’ iconic landmark Jindal Mansion, dons a master piece created by ace fashion designer Manish Arora in conjunction with St+art Mumbai. As a part of St+art Mumbai 2014 UK based artist, Filthy Luker, had installed giant inflatable tentacles on the mansion which caught everyone’s attention.

‘All We Need is Love.’ is the inspiration, and the title, of Arora’s installation. In a world filled so much chaos, conflict and hatred, positive imagery and messaging are extremely important. The installation aims to evoke emotions like love and encourage passersby to stop and think of beauty in the world. The JSW Group, Manish Arora and St+art India Foundation hope that this message will be an affirmation and a reminder to be hopeful for the future.

Mrs Sangita Jindal – Chairperson JSW Foundation says, as a patron of Art, I strongly believe that Art and Culture contribute towards the growth of  society and creates positive ripples of conversation for our future generations. It is important that art is inclusive and can be experienced by as wide an audience as possible. I am happy that Manish has used the canvas of our iconic Jindal Mansion, to spread love & joy this festive season.

“The inspiration for this art piece comes from my life philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love” and the designs showcase and interpret love in different forms. I want people to stop and ponder when they look at the installation and for that one minute, feel pure unadulterated love. In today’s social and political environment, it’s so important to remember its love that makes us human and connects all of us. Continue reading “JSW Group and ace fashion designer Manish Arora profess philosophy, ‘All We Need is Love””

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro

With just three days to go to the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in the Russian capital, the famed Moscow Metro held the unveiling of the last remaining visual icon of the event. For the 2018 issue of the Official Poster, the renowned Russian artist Igor Gurovich chose legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin as a central figure of his work.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” commented FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura. “We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

“It was very important for us to portray Russia as the Host Country in the Official Poster,” added theChairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko, “that’s why Lev Yashin was choosen, a symbol of Russian football, as the main figure. I’m sure that the poster will become one of the most memorable symbols of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and that fans and participants alike will approve of it.”

Yashin played in four FIFA World Cups – 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 – and remains the only goalkeeper in the history of football to win the Ballon d’Or. In the poster, he is dressed in his traditional outfit of black shirt and shorts, knee brace and his famous cap. He is shown reaching for the ball, one half of which is a typical football from Yashin’s era, with the other depicting the vast landmass of Russia as seen from space, reflecting a key inspiration of the 2018 FIFA World Cup brand, that of Russia’s achievements in space exploration. Continue reading “2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Official Poster unveiled at Moscow Metro”