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    Communities

    A changing narrative in Macon, Ga., and cities everywhere

    Nov. 25, 2014, 12:39 p.m., Posted by Mark Vanderhoek


    Photo by Molly McWilliams Wilkins.

    Mark Vanderhoek leads the Macon Chapter of the League of Creative Interventionists, which Knight Foundation supports to to promote community engagement.

    In a world where we are bombarded with messages of scarcity - “while supplies last,” “I just don’t have the time” - we often fail to appreciate the abundance that surrounds us.

    In many cities, scarcity is the prevailing view. Detractors and many times the residents themselves come to define their cities by what they lack: jobs, shrinking populations, blight, struggling schools. This was once the prevailing view in Macon. But I have witnessed firsthand how this view of a scarce world is a failure of vision, rather than the whole story, or even the biggest part of the story.

    I cannot blame those who think this way. Our modern world is awash in this message of never enough. Our politics is dominated by messages of fear and division. But these are perspectives; they are not the truth.

    It is certainly not the truth in Macon.

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    Arts

    HNAF Poster Auction kicks of a season of great value for art collectors

    Nov. 25, 2014, 12:02 p.m., Posted by rsharp

    The bidding was silent and furious at the HNAF poster auction. Saturday, November 22nd was a banner night for the arts in Hamtramck. There was a packed house for the Ben Hall/Andrew Mehall artist talk at Popps Packing, as well as a lively crowd on hand...

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    Arts

    Philadelphia Sculpture Gym is a reliquary for contemporary wooden iconography

    Nov. 25, 2014, 10:51 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz

    If the third time is the charm, then the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym's “Process: Wood III” show is surely the enchanted culmination of its two predecessors. This Knight Arts grantee acts as the reliquary for a number of artifacts, many of which seem to cast a spiritual slant on one of...

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