Guest Blogger Owen Brown: Transmission, Interpretation, Transgression

Guest Blogger Owen Brown: Transmission, Interpretation, Transgression

Transmission, Interpretation, Transgression Thirty three years ago, the semiotician Umberto Eco wrote: “A text, once written, no longer has anyone behind it; it has, on the contrary, when it survives, and for as long as it survives, thousands of interpreters ahead of it. Their reading of it generates other texts, which can be paraphrase, commentary, […]

Art Force Hosts Bolder Options for a NE Minneapolis Mural Tour

Art Force Hosts Bolder Options for a NE Minneapolis Mural Tour

Last month Art Force hosted mentors and mentees from Bolder Options for a biking tour of the many murals in the North East Arts District of Minneapolis. Bolder Options is a non profit organization that pairs up referred youth with mentors to teach them healthy life skills and positive choices. We departed from Art Force […]

Autobiography in Art (Owen Brown)

Autobiography in Art (Owen Brown)

Autobiography in Art, Part II of Owen Brown’s Guest Blog. (Part One) Not the obvious, then. That is, Velasquez peeking coyly from Las Meninas, or Rembrandt’s absolutely gorgeous self-portraits, from youth through age. Or even Picasso. Or Van Gogh. Frida Kahlo. Durer, Auerbach, Freud, Hockney. It is easy enough to put pencil and chalk to […]

The Benefits of Art in Early Childhood

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in education
The Benefits of Art in Early Childhood

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Picasso nailed it when describing the creative potential of children. Every child is born with a naturally creative and inquisitive spirit; however, this often fades as a child grows up. We are now realizing that harnessing and nurturing […]

How Teen Programs in Art Museums Affect Career Outcomes

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in education
How Teen Programs in Art Museums Affect Career Outcomes

A recent study analyzed the way in which intensive teen programs at art museums had effects, if any, on the students in the long-term. The study looked to hundreds of program alumni from museums across the United States, noting the participants’ continued engagement with the arts, professional development, civic engagement, and leadership skills. Room to […]

Want To Be An Artist Entrepreneur? Go To Business School.

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Art Force Academy, education
Want To Be An Artist Entrepreneur? Go To Business School.

Artist entrepreneurs, this one is for you! The stats for successful working artists are not terribly pretty: Out of the two million art graduates in the United States, only 10% earn their primary living from their art. Yes, 10%! The competition in the art world is certainly intense, and there is a plethora of talent […]

A World Without Art

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in education, Ethics, Philosophy
A World Without Art

Ready to wax philosophical? Let’s step into another world. This world is fraught with peril. Its corridors are long and empty and the only sounds you will hear are natural. No music. No paintings. No poetry. Just people milling about their affairs. This is a world without art. What does it look like to you? […]

7 Things You Might Not Know about Evidence-Based Design

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in education, Evidence-based design, Healthcare
7 Things You Might Not Know about Evidence-Based Design

Evidence-Based Design… It has an “official” sounding ring, doesn’t it? And for good reason. In a nutshell, evidence-based design (EBD) relies on credible, quantitative and (sometimes) qualitative data to inform design decisions of physical spaces that measurably affect positive outcomes. These are generally associated with patient outcomes in healthcare settings. Yet EBD is making its […]