The Roxbury Film Festival, an annual festival celebrating the work and stories of people of color (and a gig that opens tonight, by the way), landed an unlikely partner this year: the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. The Division will be on-hand 8/1 to answer consumer questions about the state’s new competitive car insurance system – and is a festival sponsor. (Just goes to show that out-of-the-box thinking can serve you well at every step of the artistic process.)
Speaking of out-of-the-box… the sci-fi/fantasy/horror lit mag Weird Tales is sponsoring a short story contest based on spam. Judging from the subject lines in my own spam box this morning – “Robotic skin for cosmetic purposes,” “Tests time machine,” and “Aliens land in Ohio: watch the video” – this contest can’t help but spawn some powerfully wacky stuff. So how about it, Massachusetts’ finest literary minds?
Our fellow state arts agency Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has announced a new call for public art to be installed in the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence (currently under renovation). A total of $420,000 has been designated for the acquisition of public art. Submission is open to all visual artists.
In one of those neat intersections of disciplines that we ArtSakers love so well, literary type Bookdwarf blogs about a soon-to-be-published book she’s reading on the rarefied world of contemporary art:
Right now I’m in the middle of Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton. The title says it all. Each chapter covers an area of the art world-judging the Turner Prize, a Christie’s auction, the Basel Art Fair, the editorial offices of Artforum, an art school crit, an artist’s studio, and the Venice Bienale. There’s so much I don’t know about the art world. I’m finding myself enjoying this book more than I expected with all the behind the scenes stuff.