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A Sichuan Opera performer from China performs during the 2019 Los Angeles-Chengdu Culture and Innovation Exchange Series Events in Los Angeles, the United States, Nov. 6, 2019. Credit: Li Ying
US Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Judy Chu sent greetings for a successful event

The “2019 Los Angeles-Chengdu Culture and Innovation Exchange Series Events,” featuring “Los Angeles and Chengdu, a Park City, Home of Giant Panda,” was successfully held on November 6, 2019, in downtown Los Angeles.

The series of events included the “2019 Los Angeles – Chengdu Culture and Innovation Symposium” and the “Park City, Home of Giant Panda – 2019 Los Angeles – Chengdu Culture Gala Banquet.”

Hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism, Chengdu Municipal Foreign Affairs office, and supported by the Los Angeles mayor’s office, participants included government officials, scholars and business leaders from both the US and China, who shared groundbreaking achievements and best practices, identifying innovative approaches for Los Angeles and Chengdu.

At the events, Duoyang Namu, Chief Director of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism, showcased how Chengdu provides visitors with more tailor-made tourism products, more in-depth travel experiences and more convenient tourist services innovatively. Deputy Mayor Sangalang and Amanda Daflos, Chief Innovation Officer from the Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti also shared how innovative approaches to Los Angeles in business, culture and tourism development.

US Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Judy Chu sent greetings for a successful event while LA Mayor Garcetti also sent a Certificate of Recognition to the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism to commend their dedication and recognize their inspiring expertise to government innovation.

The program allowed both Los Angeles and Chengdu to expand both in scope and scale towards a higher level of collaboration across industries, especially in culture and tourism development and cooperation between the two cities.

As an important cradle of ancient Chinese civilization, a prominent historical and…

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Artist Elaine Clayman’s Paintings Featured in Three 2019 NYC Exhibitions
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Artist Elaine Clayman presents her oil painting series Gated Community, a ONE WOMAN EKPHRASTIC SHOW, hosted at the renowned Ceres Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10001. Open To The Public October 29 to November 23, 2019. OPENING RECEPTION November 7, 6:00 PM – 8:00…

National Portrait Gallery Announces Winners of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and Opening of “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today”
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Sulwhasoo opens 2019 Sulwha Cultural Exhibition “Micro-sense: House of Pattern” in Seoul
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Dancing in Style, Waacking with Passion
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Young author Huang Yuning awarded the 2019 Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize
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Huang Yuning's Eight and A Half: I have never wanted to be China's Atwood

On the afternoon of October 25th, 2019, Blancpain, the innovation-focused premium Swiss watch brand, announced the winner of the 2nd Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize in Beijing, in association with Imaginist Press, a Beijing-based publishing house. The literary prize, which aims to create an authoritative, influential, ongoing, international dialogue, was won by Huang Yuning for her collection of novellas and short stories “Eight and A Half”, which was published in August of 2018.

The winner was jointly selected by the judge panel of the second Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize consisting of Dai Jinhua, Huang Ziping, Jia Zhangke, Lu Nei and Zhang Dachun. Mr. Zhang, on behalf of the judge panel, delivered a speech during the awards presentation ceremony, saying: “Ms. Huang tells short stories in rich and vivid detail, thanks to her profound literary accomplishments and insight into humanity and interpersonal communication. Diversity in the themes of her works also demonstrates the winner’s excellent competence in mastering both the essence of modern Western novels and Chinese writing skills.” Blancpain’s culture ambassador Leung Mantao presented the Blancpain-Imaginist Literary Prize trophy, in itself a work of art by well-known designer Lu Zhichang, to Ms. Huang. The literary prize also includes a cash award of 300,000…

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Maestro Long Yu and American Soprano Renée Fleming at the Closing Gala of the 22nd Beijing Music Festival with the China Philharmonic Orchestra
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For two decades world-renowned conductor Long Yu established a rich artistic foundation

A rapturous performance on Monday featuring superstar soprano Renée Fleming, Maestro Long Yu, and the China Philharmonic Orchestra drew the 22nd Beijing Music Festival (BMF) to a dramatic close. This season explored a new style of classical music with today’s most cutting-edge expressive forms.

Held every October, BMF is the most important cultural event in China. For two decades – 1998-2018 – world-renowned conductor Long Yu established a rich artistic foundation. And beginning in 2018, artistic director Shuang Zou has succeeded in incorporating more inclusive and avant-garde artistic elements to the festival. BMF presented 22 performances (16 unique programs) this year between October 4 and 28 including a wide variety of operas, symphonic concerts, recitals, chamber music concerts, and virtual reality music experiences. The festival also presented more than 12 free educational events including children’s concerts, masterclasses, and lectures.

BMF‘s 22nd season made great strides into forging new initiatives for the 21st century. Intent on exploring innovative and boundary-crossing presentations, the festival showcased diverse works of music drama and theatre including the mainland Chinese premiere of the opera Angel’s Bone by Du Yun; the Asian premiere of Eight, Michel van der Aa’s latest work of mixed-reality musical…

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2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts: The Next Wave of Activists and Change-Makers
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From Suicide to Success: Assuaged Cofounder and USMC Disabled Veteran is Fighting for Others with PTSD
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The dual goals of the Program are to empower exceptional musical artists and educators to become effective change agents and advocates for the arts
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Young Musicians Foundation (YMF) Executive Director Walter Zooi and Artistic and Program Advisor Vijay Gupta introduced the inaugural Debut Fellowship recipients. The Fellowship includes a $5,000 stipend, extensive professional development and direct experience in working with the students and communities YMF serves.

The goals of the Debut Fellowship Program are to empower exceptional musical artists and educators to become effective change agents and advocates for the arts, especially music education while broadening and deepening the work of YMF’s educational programs. YMF provides music instruction to over 4,500 students at 26 partner schools and sites in underserved, under-resourced communities. “Engaging our communities is essential: not only as some moral imperative to assuage our dedication to a rarified art form,” explained Gupta, “but as a critical, viable and imminently imperative pathway to realizing our greatest good as artists – and community members.”

By working directly with the student and community populations YMF serves, Debut Fellows will receive professional development in Community Engagement, Organization Building and Advocacy, Communications and Fundraising, and other areas crucial to developing effective initiatives for systemic change.

The cohorts were selected based on their commitment to social justice and systemic change through the arts in education, specific expertise in community-based arts education, and diversity of experiences in terms of communities or populations served and areas of interest. “The diversity and depth of experiences, accomplishments and interests this cohort brings to YMF is fantastic,” commented Zooi, “we’re excited by the many possibilities for change and growth for the Fellows themselves and for YMF as an organization.”

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Tameka "Tiny" Harris, Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott of Xscape onstage during 2019 Black Music Honors at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on September 05, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Credit: Paras Griffin
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irst-ever multi-genre Black music museum taps marketing pros from Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville and Washington, D.C. to make history

When the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) officially opens its doors in the summer of 2020, it will be a first-of-its-kind cultural institution that celebrates the tradition of the people behind Black music and the music’s significant impact on the soundtrack of American society. Located in the heart of Downtown Nashville, Tennessee, the museum will be the newest crown jewel to Nashville’s royal musical landscape. In support of its pending grand opening, NMAAM leadership has tapped into an all-star “band” of creative agencies to lead the marketing communications push and drive interest and excitement with future guests.

Now that the museum space at Fifth + Broadway has been secured, gallery and artifact layouts have been completed and construction is underway, NMAAM’s team of creative agencies, led by agency of record Authentique Agency, will deliver on the overall brand strategy, marketing execution, public relations, advertising, experiential marketing, and special events. The NMAAM agency team is a collection of award-winning marketing professionals from around the country who reflect the diversity and content of the museum as well as the homegrown pride and musical spirit of Nashville.

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Iranian-Canadian Journalist Maziar Bahari Whose Imprisonment Was Chronicled In The Feature Film Rosewater To Receive U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Elie Wiesel Award

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