Tuesday, March 26, 2019
GWN Sarasota International Dragon Boat Festival


“In Search of Perfect Consonance” – A Chat with the Director

Last month at the Global Peace Film Festival, I watched the short documentary "In Search of Perfect Consonance". I was lucky enough to sit down and chat with Director Ruby Yang and she spoke about the making and inspirations for the film. The film was first released in 2016 and follows the Asian Youth Orchestra (AYO) as they journey through friendships, difficulties and cultural fusions...

Duke Energy Supports United Arts for a Fourth Year of Diversity Outreach

ORLANDO, FL. — October 02, 2017 — United Arts of Central Florida has been awarded a $50,000 grant for diversity and inclusion initiatives from the Duke Energy Foundation, making this the fourth year in a row that Duke has supported these efforts. The grant provides “seed money” for cultural groups to create programming that will appeal to a wide...

Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics

A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (OCTOBER 18, 2017–APRIL 1, 2018) Opening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), on October 18, Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics juxtaposes paintings and sculptures by one of the most imaginative artists working today with treasures from the MFA’s renowned collection of Japanese art. The exhibition reveals how Murakami’s contemporary vision is...

Black and White: Japanese Modern Art

calligrapher Inoue Yūichi
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017–JUNE 3, 2018   Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale work by calligrapher Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), a new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This monochromatic sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity,...

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...


United Arts
ORLANDO – September 5, 2017 – United Arts of Central Florida announced the recipients of its February cycle of Mini-Grants and of Arts Learning Mini-Grants. Twelve organizations were awarded $17,000 in the first cycle of Mini-Grants and five organizations were awarded $11,500 for the Arts Learning Mini-Grants. Mini-Grants United Arts reaches out to grassroots and multicultural organizations through its Mini-Grants program....

Global Peace Film Festival 2017

This year's Global Peace Film Festival will take place Sept. 18 - 24 at various locations around Orlando. According to the festival's site, the non-for-profit festival is used to "further the cause of peace on earth" and "connect expression – artistic, political, social and personal – to positive, respectful vehicles for action and change." A number of films will be played across...

What Makes this Dragon Lucky?

Dragon Fortune
If you’ve visited Asian Art Museum recently, it’s unlikely you missed the playful creature standing sentry at our steps: a hulking, psychedelic dragon painted in every color of the rainbow, from its fiery horns down to its checkered purple sneakers. Taiwanese artist Hung Yi’s Dragon Fortune meshes together Taiwanese folk art, Japanese textile design, pop art and children’s cartoons, breathing vibrant colors and auspicious...

“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...

Two Japanese Master Printmakers Go Head to Head in “Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada”

Two Japanese Master Printmakers Go Head to Head in "Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada"
Exhibition of 100 Colorful Prints Poses Question: “Are you #TeamKuniyoshi or #TeamKunisada?” AUGUST 11–DECEMBER 10, 2017 Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. Featuring 100 works drawn from the preeminent Japanese collection housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada revives the centuries-old competition and invites visitors...
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