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UF Gator Jazz & Blues Fest covered by the Gainesville Sun and ABC’s WCJB TV20!

Scott Wilson, an assistant professor of jazz at the University of Florida, plays a trumpet solo while performing with the band Mindwalk during the Gator Jazz & Blues Fest at Flavet Field on the UF campus on Sunday. The event was put on by the UF College of Fine Arts and UF Homecoming to celebrate the end of National Arts and Humanities Month and to kick-off Homecoming week. Photo by Brad McClenny/Gainesville Sun Staff photographer.

From the Gainesville Sun, Correspondent Hannah O. Brown:

University of Florida faculty and community musicians ripped out classic jazz tunes in dark sunglasses on the Flavet Field stage Sunday afternoon for the Gator Jazz and Blues Fest.

The College of Fine Arts partnered with UF Homecoming to reinvent the festival, formerly known as Swamp Symphony, this year.

“It’s kind of a fun tradition intended to get the arts involved in a traditionally athletic celebration,” said Natalie Morrison, development and alumni affairs coordinator with UF’s College of Fine Arts.

Read the full article from the Gainesville Sun here.

From ABC’s WCJB TV20:

The University of Florida is “jazzing” things up this year to kick off homecoming weekend. Hundreds came out to the Gator Jazz and Blues Festival Sunday afternoon to get into the Homecoming spirit. Student, faculty, and community bands took the stage for jazz, funk, and blues performances. The festival was also one of many events the university put together to celebrate national arts and humanities month.

Check out TV20’s video coverage featuring the College of Fine Arts’ own Natalie Morrison, Coordinator of Development Programs and Donor Fulfillment and Interim Director of Marketing + Alumni Affairs.

President Barack Obama write National Arts and Humanities Month Proclamation

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Presidential Proclamation — National Arts and Humanities Month, 2013

NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH, 2013

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Throughout our history, America has advanced not only because of our people’s will or our leaders’ vision, but also because of paintings and poems, stories and songs, dramas and dances. These works open our minds and nourish our souls, helping us understand what it means to be human and what it means to be American. During National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate the rich heritage of arts and humanities that has long been at the core of our country’s story.

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From Florida Magazine: UF campus gets more blue than orange


Students roam Turlington Plaza, home to some of the blue trees. The non-toxic dye should wash off by May, according to the project’s website. Photo by David Williams (3PR).

From Florida Magazine (Magazine of the Gator Nation): 

Kentucky may have bluegrass and “Blue Moon,” but who would’ve guessed the University of Florida would get attention for having blue trees?

Gators and visitors can admire “Blue Trees,” a campus-wide project created by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos as a statement against deforestation.

Presented by UF Academic Affairs, more than 20 trees outside the Harn Museum of Art, Reitz Union and Turlington Hall were painted blue with a non-toxic dye that should wash off by May.

Read the full article here

From the Independent Florida Alligator: Blue trees arrive on campus

From the Independent Florida Alligator, Alligator Contributing Writer Jennifer Martinez Pinillo: 

No, the Gator football season isn’t coloring your vision: Trees on UF’s campus are actually becoming blue.

Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos is painting them as part of a project to raise environmental awareness about deforestation.

Read the full article here

From the Gainesville Sun: Attention-getting art project aims to save forests


Photo by Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun

Amy Vigilante, director of University Galleries, touches a painted crape myrtle tree near the Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus Wednesday, October 17, 2012. Blue Trees is an artist exhibit by Konstantin Dimopolous, of Australia, that takes natural trees and paints them with an environmentally safe blue pigmented water.

From the Gainesville Sun, Staff Writer Nathan Crabbe:

Konstantin Dimopoulos is painting trees blue on the University of Florida campus for a public art exhibit, as a way of keeping trees from ending up only in museums.
 
Dimopoulos is coloring the trees using environmentally safe, pigmented water that is expected to degrade in six months to a year. He said Wednesday that the project is meant in part to bring attention to the threat of deforestation.

Read the full article here.

Help needed to color the Blue Trees!
Volunteers are needed to help visiting artist Konstantin Dimopoulos color the Blue Trees on campus. There will be a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) morning at Turlington Plaza and work will take place between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
For more information, contact Anna Heineman at 352-273-3045.
Help needed to color the Blue Trees!

Volunteers are needed to help visiting artist Konstantin Dimopoulos color the Blue Trees on campus. There will be a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) morning at Turlington Plaza and work will take place between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Anna Heineman at 352-273-3045.

Next Week: Blue Trees at the University of Florida


Blue Trees Welcome Ceremony
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. 
J. Wayne Reitz Collonade, free.   
http://www.ufbluetrees.com/

As part of the Arts and Humanities month initiative, the University of Florida will host “The Blue Trees,” an artistic exhibit by Konstantin Dimopoulos that features natural trees painted with a blue colourant. Dimopoulos will arrive Monday, October 15th and he will transform over 20 campus trees using environment-friendly blue pigment. 

Dimopoulos’ vision for “The Blue Trees,” which debuted at the Vancouver Biennale in March 2011, is to draw attention to a landmark of nature which people normally take for granted, and ultimately to inspire awareness and raise discussions about the threat of deforestation.

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From the Independent Florida Alligator: Marathon event, campus fair spread ‘random acts of culture’



From the Independent Florida Alligator; Laura Hogan, Alligator Contributing Writer:

The beating of African drums sounded across UF’s North Lawn as Agbedidi, an African dance group, performed a flash mob at about noon Monday.

A few hours later, with the sun beating down and thunder rumbling in the distance, two dancers from the UF School of Theatre + Dance walked arm in arm onto the North Lawn and proceeded to perform a piece that lasted more than 10 minutes.

These were among roughly a dozen “random acts of culture” that happened across campus on Monday. The acts included a ceramics sale, a Capoeira dance performance and a flash mob by actors from the Hippodrome State Theatre on the Reitz Union Colonnade, said political science sophomore Elizabeth LaRue, a marketing intern with the UF College of Fine Arts.

Read the full story here.

Presidential Proclamation — National Arts and Humanities Month, 2012

NATIONAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES MONTH, 2012

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

After the bombing of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, a young lawyer named Francis Scott Key reached for his pen and captured the resilience of the American people. His poem became our National Anthem, and almost two centuries later, it continues to speak to the American spirit just as it did on that September day so long ago. Throughout our history, the arts and humanities have given us comfort and confidence, drawn us together, and called on us to strive for a more perfect Union. This month, we celebrate our Nation’s rich artistic heritage.

Read the full proclamation here.

UF celebrates National Arts + Humanities month with a variety of activities and events taking place on campus and around Gainesville. Find an event that suits you at http://www.arts.ufl.edu/ahmonth/

UF Panel Series Highlights Artists Promoting Stronger Communities, Healthier Environments


Three-part panel series organized by the UF College of Fine Arts in celebration of the Morrill Act Sesquicentennial Anniversary, aims to increase public awareness of artists and universities in civic life.

University of Florida President Bernie Machen is chair for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ celebration of the Morrill Act’s sesquicentennial anniversary.  One hundred and fifty years ago on July 2, 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Land-grant Act which provided grants of land to each state to establish a public university to teach the sons and daughters of the working classes.  The University of Florida is Florida’s land-grant university.

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