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VATICAN ENTERS VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
What happened to the poor and needy

21 MAR 2018: The Vatican is planting 10 chapels in the woods of one of Venice's lagoon islands for its first-ever contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale. Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican's culture minister, unveiled plans for “Vatican Chapels” on Tuesday, saying the project was inspired by the “Woodland Chapel” in Stockholm by Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund.


MUST SEE SHOW AT VANCOUVER ART GALLERY
Takashi Murakami provides a welcome jolt of spring

06 FEB 2018: Visitors to Vancouver in the next few months will have more than the springy west coast weather to lift their spirits. There's a blockbuster art show in town, and it's a dazzler. The outside of Vancouver Art Galley, a landmark building in one of the city's busiest areas - the business/retail/hotel area around Georgia Street, aka Highway 99 to Whistler - has been transformed into an exuberant public art installation that makes it impossible to resist seeing what's happening inside.


NEW ORLEANS LIGHTS UP

04 DEC 2017: Lights will turn a Greek Revival building in New Orleans into a canvas for animations highlighting celebrations in New Orleans and Mexico. Digital sculptures and video-mapping projections on Lafayette Square and a nearby street also will be part of the city's fourth Light Up NOLA Arts Fete, or LUNA Fete for short. The four-day festival that starts Wednesday and also kicks off New Orleans' tricentennial.

 


AGE OF TERROR
London exhibition explores art since 9 11

26 OCT 2017: A new London exhibition about art since 9-11 begins with images - both familiar and shocking - of the devastated Twin Towers in New York. The Imperial War Museum's “Age of Terror “ show goes on to display works from the United States, Britain, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and beyond, all dealing with Sept. 11, 2001 and its consequences. It's evidence, if any were needed, that the al-Qaida attacks on the US changed the world.


MONTREAL PREPARES FOR COHEN WEEK
First anniversary of singer's death approaches

24 OCT 2017: His soulful poetry, distinctive baritone and knack for writing runaway hit songs made Leonard Cohen a global icon, but to many in his hometown of Montreal he's one of their own.


IMMIGRATION ART
NYC to get huge immigration themed exhibit by famed artist

11 OCT 2017: An enormous exhibition by the activist artist Ai Weiwei, designed to draw attention to the world's refugee crisis, is going on view at some 300 sites around New York City. “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” presented by the Public Art Fund, will be open to the public from Thursday until Feb. 11.


GETTING TOGETHER
Show embraces Cuban artists from Miami and Cuba

25 JUL 2017: Donald Trump's effort to reverse a historic opening between the US and Cuba is raising tensions in South Florida's exile enclave, where wealthy patrons and institutions have sought to unify Cubans on both sides through unprecedented art exhibits.

 


PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM OF THE ARTS

17 MAY 2017: Freedom has never looked or tasted so good. Representatives from Visit Philadelphia stopped by Toronto last week. They brought along acclaimed Philly chef Sylva Senat and talented artist James Burns from Mural Arts Philadelphia to spread the good word on all things Philadelphia. The event for media was held appropriately enough at the renowned Gardiner Museum. Philadelphia’s and Toronto’s museum community have very close ties.

 


ARTISTS WITH A CAUSE
Three women change the landscape

17 APR 2017: If you drive north along Gulf Boulevard past the bustling strip of tourist hotels and restaurants of St. Pete Beach and before you reach the high-rise condo developments of Clearwater Beach, you will come to Indian Rocks Beach. Here picturesque cottages sit comfortably - complementing the landscape rather than dominating it. It’s a small slice of ‘old Florida’ and a large amount of the credit for keeping it that way goes to three talented women.

 


WHAT MAKES CITIES LIVABLE
Sao Paulo street art debate

28 MAR 2017:  When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural - 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometres) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city centre.  Then this January, they were painted over.



SCHOOLING CRUISERS

24 FEB 2017: Norwegian Cruise Line announced a partnership with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) and Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Guy Harvey Research Institute to host an ocean conservation-themed cruise on Norwegian Escape this fall.


WHAT IS THE POINT
Why do people vandalize art and historic sites

16 NOV 2016:  What kind of ignorant lout gets a thrill from destroying or desecrating a work of art or a historic site? Yet it happens frequently.  Famous works of art have been slashed, smashed, had paint and acid thrown on them and even intentionally vomited upon. Historic sites are defaced by painted or scratched graffiti, or worse, are damaged or broken.  In the latest piece of wanton destruction, police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome.


THE SCIENCE OF TRAVEL MARKETING
Ideas are bubbling at TravelLab

14 OCT 2015:  When Brad Miron left TravelBrands barely two months ago, the only question was where and how soon he would surface.  Well the suspense is over.  TravelLab, the Science of Travel Marketing, was launched yesterday in Cancun Mexico by Miron, who describes himself as ‘Founder and Chief Mad Scientist.’

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