Celebrate Woodlawn Botanical Garden Harvest JAZZIN in the Garden

"Art is Business" Repost for William Hill,

Design Charrette facilitated by William G. Hill Gallery Director

Pop Up Research Station CAFE - presents William G. Hill. 

Artist Design Charrette facilitated by William G. Hill Gallery Director

A collaborative planning or design session, often involving interested third parties such as public officials and environmentalists, in which problems relating to a proposed project are discussed and solutions adopted in a limited time frame.

Highly dedicated to the scholarship of art criticism within the genre cinema and contemporary art, as well as initiating aesthetic and philosophical discussions on the production, meaning, and reception of art in postmodern culture.

The creation and implementation of national and international exhibitions. Selecting emerging and established artists for major fine art exhibitions. Utilizing curatorial practice to challenge traditional forms of representation.

The Woodlawn Botanical Nature Center is a not-for-profit garden space. We display a living collection of native and cultivated plants near the vicinity of Hyde Park Academy.

We aim to educate, engage, and encourage youth of all ages about the value of plant diversity, sustainability, and community well-being.

Goals and Objectives
We aim to develop community programs and innovative ways to explore, understand, and save plants. We assist youth, adults, and seniors in the exploration of hands-on learning as well as enriching the lives of a community through fostering an awareness and appreciation of wellness and plant diversity.

Long Beach Gives- Loiter Galleries, INC Nonprofit support.

"Art is Business" https://www.loitergalleries.com/.    
Loiter Galleries is a network partner of the Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.

We certainly appreciate all you do for Loiter...and yes, you guessed it. 
It's donation time again. But we're not asking you for money. 
We made it simple for you.
We shook it up and are now a part of Long Beach Gives. 
It's a citywide, online fundraising campaign to raise awareness and inspire community giving for Long Beach nonprofits.

Here's all you need to do

We're asking only a few of our closest supporters and friends to reach out to their contacts and send them to our page to donate to our non-profit mission.
That's it!

Just go here and fill out some information, and please send it to your contacts.

Here's the link with simple instructions, and thanks again.

....And we are truly grateful for all your support in the past. 


Community Events Microgrant Program
In an effort to attract and support the creation of more live events in Downtown Long Beach, DLBA has implemented an easier and more transparent application process for its Community Events Microgrant Program. The application process for events taking place between October 12, 2023 – March 31, 2024, is open, with the deadline to apply by October 1, 2023. Community Events Microgrant applicants are encouraged to review DLBA’s service area boundaries to ensure their proposed event will occur within them.  

Streets as Places Toolkit

"Art is Business" https://www.pps.org/article/uses-activities

Like a few other places, streets are a public stage where life unfolds. From town parades and trick-or-treating to markets and public gatherings, they celebrate and come together with our neighbors. They're where we bump into friends and one of the few places where we routinely encounter people different from ourselves. They're where people have gathered to protest injustice for centuries. That's why Project for Public Spaces has advocated that streets are more than just a means of mobility. Streets are critical public spaces that can enrich our communities' social, civic, and economic fabric.








What are Streets as Places?

Donald Appleyard may have said it best: "Streets have been where children first learned about the world, where neighbors met, the social centers of towns and cities, the rallying points for revolts, the scenes of repression." Streets showcase the lives of our communities, and being exposed to the good and bad of the world on our roads can make us more compassionate, empathetic, and connected citizens.

Of course, an essential function of streets is facilitating travel from one place to another. But many of the roads in our communities - especially those in our downtowns, Main Streets, and residential areas - can be so much more than just a conduit for traffic. Streets as Places is about helping people begin to see streets in their entirety: not just their function in transporting people and goods but their vital role in animating communities' social and economic life. It's about communities owning and reclaiming their streets, participating in civic life, and directly impacting how their public spaces look, function, and feel.

Streets typically represent the largest area of public space a community has - for example, Chicago's streets and sidewalks represent 24 percent of the city's land area and over 70 percent of City-owned public open space. We also spend tremendous money to build and maintain our street and highway networks - $155 billion a year between federal, state, and local funding sources. Shouldn't we be getting the most we can from these investments?

Designing streets that function as great places is more than just a "nice" thing to do. As Peter Kageyama, founder of the Creative Cities Summit, explains: "No longer is it sufficient to build places that are merely functional and safe. Our placemaking aspirations must be as high and grand as our economic goals because they are bound together." In an age when people are more mobile than ever, and cities and businesses compete to attract talent, great streets are essential to boosting economic development and tourism.

That Project for Public Spaces developed, where streets become part of a network that links a city's best assets and places together, making them easily accessible. At a local scale, which could encompass several blocks in a distinct neighborhood, Streets as Places have 10 or more essential destinations, while each of those individual places has many things to do. The Power of 10 speaks to the importance of layering multiple activities. It uses together - opportunities to sit and relax, eat, socialize, recreate, shop, and so on - to create dynamic streets that attract many people and encourage them to spend time there.

The art of rest is a Place for Collective Reflection, Imagination, and Transformation

"Art is Business"

The art of rest  is a Place for Collective Reflection, Imagination, and Transformation

Facilitated by Gigi of Liminal Grace 
IG: @liminal.grace  Patreon: patreon.com/liminalgrace 

September 19th and October 17
Tuesdays at 11am PST/ 1:00pm CST/ 2pm EST

POP UP Research Station Cafe
11am PST/ 1:00pm CST/ 2pm EST
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A monthly conversation about our relationships with rest, the function of rest, the role of rest in our art & how rest can change the world!

Pause Portal in Brandywine, MD, Junipers  Garden

About the Facilitator: 

Gigi is a 200-hr certified yoga instructor and eternal student of life. In 2021, she founded Liminal Grace aiming to help folks navigate life with mindfulness, confidence, and ease. Gigi’s teaching reflects these intentions by honoring the nuances of the human experience while encouraging individual power and curiosity along the way. Liminal Grace offers live yoga and meditation sessions, corporate wellness programming and retreats, and educational mindfulness courses, and hosts mindfulness events and retreats.

About Pop-Up Research Station

Pop Up Research Station is a consortium of art consultants who host a weekly online virtual (zoom) cafe.  We have conversations about temporary public art, creative place-making, pop-ups, urban planning, art in storefront programming, artist-owned artist housing, mutual aid, and creating a financially sustainable life doing the work we love.  We envision the cafe as a portal for shared knowledge, a resource of best practices, ongoing professional development, and a place for moral support to enhance our collective impact.

Coordinated by:
Alpha Bruton- Phantom Gallery Chicago Network
Liza Simone-Phantom Galleries LA/ Space in the Gap
Kiela Upton Smith & Laura Weathered- Artists Design the Future/ NNWAC.

2023 Open Studio- During the Bronzeville Art District Art Tours

"Art is Business"

The Phantom Gallery Chicago has been closed to the public since 2020. During the 2023 Trolley Tours in the Bronzeville Art District, our guests expressed disappointment that the Open Studio was not open to the public as advertised. However, we contributed by hosting an outdoor popup experimental film series projected into the environment. Additionally, we had an installation on the 2nd floor common space where I featured my artwork that spanned three decades of various styles and series I had explored over the years.

Alpha Bruton, Chief Curator Phantom Gallery Chicago

Tactical Urbanism in the Horizontal Landscape

Phantom Gallery Chicago "Open Studio" 2023 Collection on display

Marshall Bailey, Shonna McDaniels, Roger Carter, ZERO, Daphne Burgess-Bowen, Phil Cotton, Liz Gomez

Alpha Bruton, "Positive Vibration" series

Renee Baker 

Black and White Collection, BRael Ali, Roger Carter, Marianna Buchwald, Alpha Bruton

Talver Germany, Dale 

Cathy Sorich, Alpha Bruton 

Above Talver Germany, Roger Carter

What are our streets for?

Streets are our most fundamental shared public spaces but are also one of the most contested and overlooked. Today, and for most of the last century, we have taken for granted the idea that our streets are primarily zones for cars, parking, and transporting goods. This has not been the case, however, throughout most of history. Across many cultures and times – since the beginning of civilization – the street has held vast social, commercial, and political significance as a powerful symbol of the public realm.

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City Lab Culture What If We Had a 15-Minute City for Friendship?

"Art is Business," reposted By Sarah Holder on July 15, 2023, at 9:30 AM EDT.

Living close to friends matters. Amid a loneliness epidemic, a popular urban planning concept offers a vision for proximity. 

Friends gather at the Place des Vosges park in Paris. Photographer: Michel Setboun/Corbis via Getty Images

When it comes to friendship, closeness matters. Emotional closeness, sure, but also — whether we like it or not — physical proximity. Researchers talk about an ideal "friendship radius" that even the internet hasn't made obsolete. It can vary by person and location, but at a basic level, the closer you are, the better. "We are more likely to spend time with friends that we can easily access," says Elizabeth Laugeson, a clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Cities worldwide are contending with what the US Surgeon General recently deemed a "loneliness epidemic," one of the public health proposals to solve it is to build social infrastructure that facilitates more human connections.
That’s where the 15-minute city comes in.
The urban planning concept of a 15-minute city is one that's designed so that residents' basic needs can be met within a small radius accessible by foot, bike, or public transit. Those basics include work, school, child care, groceries, and maybe even health care. Life in a 15-minute city would be greener and easier, advocates say. More time would be spent in public and less confined at home or in cars.

Proponents of urban redesign don't always explicitly emphasize social connection. But Carlos Moreno, an urbanist and associate professor at IAE of Paris - Panthéon Sorbonne University who came up with the 15-minute city concept, says "care" has always been central to building a thriving neighborhood. Care can be found in hospitals or social services centers – but also within the support system created by close networks of friends. Friendship, after all, has life-sustaining properties and has been shown to improve physical and mental health.

"I think so often we view it as If we have time, then we'll give attention to our social life. Or, oh, it's a luxury to go out and see friends," said Andrea Bonior, a clinical psychologist and the host of Baggage Check, a mental health podcast. "When in reality, we know that having strong friendships predicts our longevity, it helps our immune system, it makes us more resilient and protected against certain mental and physical health disorders."

Of course, friends don't need to live in the same city to show care now that technology can bridge the distance. But research suggests that geography matters. One study on interpersonal contact in Canada in 1978 showed that the frequency of face-to-face encounters declines once the distance between friends or relatives reaches five miles. Even phone contact started to dry up at 100 miles.

Another study, using the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Index to understand whether emotions are contagious, showed that a happy friend living within a mile of you is enough to increase your chances of happiness by 25%. If your neighbor is comfortable, that ups your chances by 34%. An article on the findings in the Harvard Gazette sums it up nicely: "Happiness appears to love the company more so than misery."

There are unique benefits to living close by to a friend. Being neighbors can build comfort through the regularity of your hangs. It can also make them more spontaneous. "It's a lot different from bumping into somebody frequently because they happen to live on your street, and you can sort of see them on a random day without planning," said Bonior. "Any time you have to plan, there are more possibilities that the planning itself will thwart getting together."

Living nearby would also "make it easier to support one another materially and emotionally," as Adrienne Matei wrote in The Atlantic recently, in an essay arguing that people should move closer to their friends just as they would for partners or family. Child care would be more accessible for those with kids, she writes, and a treat for those without; pooling groceries or hitching a ride to the hospital would save everyone time and money. A proximate shoulder to cry on is warmer than the simulacrum on FaceTime.

There needs to be a scientific answer to how close is close enough. Just as the 15-minute city can be more like a 10- or 30-minute city, Laugeson says each person's so-called friendship radius can vary based on where you live and how you get around. "For some people in urban settings, their radius becomes smaller because it takes longer to travel distances in congested areas," she says. "In rural settings, people may be more willing to travel longer distances to be with friends because there are fewer alternatives."

Curatorial Museum Practice Core Comp Site Visit 2023

"Art is Business" https://blackmuseums.org/.

Critical to the research, safeguarding, and display of museum objects and living collections, curators' roles have continued to expand in museum practice. Beyond collection work, today's curator engages the community by fostering civic, social, and cultural dialogue about ideas and creativity through public examination, interaction, research, interpretation, and exhibition of arts, sciences, and humanities collections.

Written by the members of AAM's former Curators Committee (CurCom), Curator Core Competencies is a comprehensive documentation of the domains curators work, their duties, and their applied skills to succeed in today's profession. It defines who curators are, what they do, and why they're essential.


National Museum of African American Music Nashville

National Museum of African American Music during your time in Nashville for a comprehensive look at the vast contributions that African Americans have made in American music. The exhibits feature the legacy and accomplishments of African Americans, using history and interactive technology to this new attraction in Music City.

Touring the NAAM while attending the AAAM  National Conference in 2023 Nashville, TN.

Legacy Museum and Learning Center, Anaheim, California

Dr. Patricia Adelekan
Founder/CEO at Youth On The Move USA Inc
Legacy Museum and Learning Center in Anaheim, California, United States.

A Curator's Core Competencies
The role of the museum curator is rewarding, broad, and challenging. This compilation of Curatorial core competencies created by CurCom's Standing Committee on Ethics addresses the skills required of curators to be successful in their profession. During the creation of this document, several sources provided valuable information regarding the skills identified by respective institutions as integral to the role of curators. The AAM, CurCom's Code of Ethics, US Federal Government's position classifications, US National Park Service classifications, College Art Association's standards and guidelines, International Committee for the Training of Personnel, and International Council of
Museums served as references, helping to create the foundation for this document. Most important were the informal conversations with curatorial colleagues and conference sessions since the 2012 AAM annual meeting, which provided valuable insights into the demands on museum curators today and revealed the growing need to formally study curatorial education, experience, and training, as well as to express the competencies required to practice the craft. 

Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Sacramento, CA 

Youth Engagement Opportunities in Museum Practice


The mission of the African American Cultural Center of Long Beach is to preserve, honor, and celebrate the heritage and advance the culture of the Black/African American community in Long Beach and beyond.

RESOURCE and PUBLICATIONS: Curator Core Competencies 

The 2014 survey conducted by CurCom validated much of the input taken from these discussions and revealed other interesting considerations.

For all the things this document is, there are several things that it is not. The Core Competencies is not a manual on how to be a curator. Instead, this document intends to define the curatorial profession and identify the commonalities of curatorial domains where curators of all academic disciplines work. This document is also not intended to be a generic list of competencies for all museum professionals - it is for curators, aspiring curators, those who train curators, and those who are interested in
what a curator is.

Defining a Curator
According to the most recent version of CurCom's Curatorial Code of Ethics (CurCom, 2009), Curators are "highly knowledgeable, experienced, or educated in a discipline relevant to the museum's purpose or mission. Curatorial roles and responsibilities vary widely within the museum community and within the museum itself and may also be fulfilled by staff members with other titles."

The varied and unique roles curators perform and the domains in which curators work require the Curator's Core Competencies to go beyond this statement to state more definitively what curators are and what they do. Rather than defining curators by their function or role, which shackles them to ineffective categories, the Core Competencies defines curators by what they must know and within their work domains. Curators contribute meaningfully to philosophical issues that guide their institutions. 

Like all competence, curatorial competence is rooted in a meaningful sum of knowledge, experience, and skill. To reduce it to skills or functions undermines the larger contribution for which curators are uniquely capable. This also informs how curators should be educated in order to advance the practice.

The Core Competencies goes beyond trying to resolve the tension between the academic and procedural functions, relying on the nuance of what competence is – knowledge, experience, and skill combined, to frame the understanding of curators. In addition to a statement about what CurCom defines a curator as, this document details the domains in which curators work, the types of competencies curators must have, and the applied skills and faculties required to carry out those responsibilities.