The Art of Belly Dancing

Belly dance class
Traditionally known as the “Oriental Dance,” belly dancing has been celebrated for centuries by royalty, writers, poets, artists and musicians. Many experts say belly dancing is the oldest form of dance, having roots in all ancient cultures from the Orient to India to the Middle East. Throughout history, this ritualized expression has usually been performed for other women--generally during rites...

The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project wins Main Street Award!

Artist: Bethany Taylor Myers
The Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project, made possible through funds from the Mayor’s Matching Grant program won the City of Orlando Main Street Award for “Best Design!” Fifteen dumpsters, painted by local artists, were transformed into pieces of public art. Over 50 artists submitted drawings to be considered for this project. Two years ago, the Mills 50 “Art Box” project was named “Best Design” in the...

17-Year-Old Makes Adorable 3D Latte Art

17-year-old Singaporean student and barista Daphne Tan (a.k.a. “Periperipeng“), has spent the last year creating adorable 3D latte art that depicts cute animals and other pop culture characters. Tan shares the images and videos of her 3D artwork on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and her website.  "I started experimenting with 3D latte art in December 2016," Tan said on her blog. "What sparked my interest was a school program where...

The Development of Chinese Character Scripts on Exhibit February 1 – April 30, 2016

Chinese Character Scripts on Exhibit
Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that the Department of State’s 22nd Floor Gallery in the State Capitol Building is hosting an exhibition of calligraphic works by Mr. HU Ching-san, Deputy Chief Curator of the Department of Rare Books of the National Palace Museum of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Mr. HU Ching-san has provided 15 types of calligraphic...

Society and Culture: Orlando’s Japan Festival and Its Unique Social Experience

Orlando Japan Festival 2015
This was my first time at Orlando's Japan Festival, and it was nothing short of extraordinary. Upon arrival, the energy and interest in the event was obviously apparent. Between the two roads, filled booths of all types, loomed the large main stage in the center where the performances took place. The amount of attendees was remarkable but what was...

COUTURE KOREA 우리의 옷, 한복

Couture Korea
NOV 3, 2017 — FEB 4, 2018 Discover the past, present and future of Korea in this first U.S. exhibition to consider Korean fashion as an expression of social and cultural values. Couture Korea showcases historical Korean fashion and its modern reinterpretations at a moment when young Seoul-based designers are making the leap to the global stage and international haute couture is finding...

Mennello Museum of American Art presents “Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here”

Jiha Moon
The Mennello Museum of American Art is pleased to present the work of multi-media Korean-American artist Jiha Moon in an upcoming solo exhibition, Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here. The exhibition will be on view from June 22 through August 12, 2018, with an Artist Talk and Opening Reception on June 29. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests...

Meet the Global Peace Film Festival’s Executive Director

First established in 2003, Nina Streich was hired to create the Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) here in Orlando. “The festival started in 2003 - the year the Iraq War began and the motivation for it was in response to the war," Streich said. "However, from the beginning, I wanted to present a positive vision of working for peace rather than...

“Photo Koshien” – the Japanese National High School Photography Contest

The national high school photography competition in Japan, known as “Photo Koshien 写真甲子園”, has been completed for the 24th year in a row. The students from the Kansai region have won the championship this year. Pictured below are their winning photographs, titled:  "や さ し い (time)". Other submitted works of theirs include works from the second and preliminary rounds: Eighteen schools...

“Picturing Main Street” Call for Artists

Mills 50
“Picturing Main Street” showcases Orlando’s artists and the city’s eight Main Street districts: Audubon Garden District, Church Street, College Park Partnership, Downtown South, Ivanhoe Village, Mills50, Semoran Business Partnership, and Thornton Park. Participating artist must produce one or more works depicting their vision of one or more of Orlando’s Main Street districts. Participating artists need not live or work in...
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