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    Scientific montages by Jen McCleary remind us where we are

    Oct. 2, 2014, 9:42 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz

    For Jen McCleary, the creative process involves assembling a unified vision of surreal and scientifically based parts regardless of the medium. In the Hall at Crane Arts, the InLiquid artist lines up over a dozen of her collages – both digital and cut paper – in a content heavy, illustrative...

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    Palm Beach Opera goes digital

    Oct. 2, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Ceci Dadisman

    Ceci Dadisman is director of communications for Palm Beach Opera, a 2013 winner of Knight Arts Challenge South Florida.

    Opera @ The Waterfront is a unique concert in Palm Beach County. It is the largest outdoor classical music event in the area with more than 100 musicians on stage, including internationally known opera singers as well as Palm Beach Opera’s critically acclaimed orchestra and chorus.

    The 90-minute performance is held at the Meyer Amphitheatre on the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown West Palm Beach and features opera’s most popular arias and ensembles as well as Broadway hits. Our audience had more than 2,500 people during our inaugural production last year. 

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    Talent study to examine employment of college-educated immigrants

    Oct. 2, 2014, 9 a.m., Posted by Paul Feltman

    Paul Feltman is director of the Global Bridge Talent initiative at World Education Services and chair of IMPRINT (Immigrant Professional Integration), a national coalition of nonprofits. Below, he writes about a new immigrant talent study supported by Knight Foundation.

    Tucked away in a quiet municipal office in Philadelphia, a man named Prakash Patel (I’ve changed his name to protect his privacy) is working. Today he is a statistical analyst, but when he first arrived in the United States from India, the only job he could find was in a warehouse in Texas. He spent months packing and unpacking boxes, striving to learn how he could make the transition to becoming a professional again. 

    There are thousands of stories like Patel’s in the Philadelphia region – where 38 percent of immigrants hold college degrees, but only some of them are employed in skill-appropriate jobs.

    Surprisingly, there is little available data to illustrate what helps college-educated immigrants such as Patel to make the leap from a survival-level job to professional employment. What helps them succeed? What holds them back? How are factors such as English skills influenced by gender, age or professional field?

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