Archive for April, 2012

Sackler Center Celebrating Five Years of Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum

Roy Sadler | April 18, 2012 in Art,Culture and History,Museums | Comments (0)

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Judy Chicago at The Dinner Party

The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art is celebrating its 5th anniversary this week by holding an extraordinary banquet with some of the world’s greatest women of the past three thousand years invited.

The celebratory banquet is wonderful installation artwork produced on a grand scale, created by Judy Chicago. The decorative sculpture, “The Dinner Party,” is a huge, triangular table set to host 39 special guests, 13 women from each of the past three millennia on each side. From legendary, primordial goddesses, to women from the Middle Ages and up until the 20th century, included are such luminaries as Queen Elizabeth I, Sacajawea and Emily Dickenson. An additional 999 names are inscribed in gold leaf on the tiled floor.

Curator of the Sackler Center, Catherine Morris explained why an additional fourth side to the table will be symbolically presented during the anniversary celebrations:
“The question I often get when giving tours of ‘The Dinner Party’ is ‘who would be there today, who would we add?'”

In response to this question 15 contemporary women will be honored on Wednesday at the center’s first-ever First Awards, all first in their specialties and fields.

The honorees are, in part, Sandra Day O’Conner, the first woman to serve on the US Supreme Court; Toni Morrison, the first African-American woman to be honored with the Nobel Prize for literature; the first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation Wilma Pearl Mankiller (who died in 2010); and Muriel Siebert, the first woman to have a seat on the New York Stock Exchange.

The Sackler Center is largely the result of the efforts of its chief benefactor, Elizabeth Sackler. The 8,000-square-feet Center’s main aim is to raise awareness and appreciation of feminist art.

“There is a serious underrepresentation of women and feminist artists in museums and galleries globally,” said Sackler. Sackler donated Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” to the museum, where it makes its permanent home when it is not on tour.

“The center’s purpose is not to resolve the use of the word feminism,” Sackler said. “It is a place where people can come to have dialogues about the meaning of feminism, reminding us of women’s contributions in the past, marking women’s achievements in the present, and inspiring contributions in the future.”


Victory Education Partners: Partnering with Educators to Prepare Our Children for the Future

Roy Sadler | April 8, 2012 in Neighborhood News | Comments (0)

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As our society advances at a pace almost too fast to keep up with, many parents and educators are questioning whether the old educational models are properly preparing our children to step successfully into the future.  The charter school concept is an idea which is quickly gaining momentum as more and more schools choose this paradigm to more successfully educate today’s young people who are our most precious resource and hope for a better tomorrow.

 

Victory Education Partners is a full service resource prepared to help teachers, parents and other professional educators find alternatives which will better meet the needs of the children whose educations they are responsible for.  School districts, school boards, parents and teachers have all turned to Victory Education Partners for the following:

  • New School Development
  •  Academic Support
  • Operations
  •  Finance and Accounting
  •   District School Improvements

There are Victory Schools found in Chicago, Philadelphia and in the city where Victory Schools first began in 1999, New York. Charter schools, which are completely public and tuition-free, is an idea whose time has come. Victory Education Partners and Victory Schools are a pioneering resource which will help better prepare for the exciting future we are all heading towards faster than ever before.


See Central Park on Wheels

Roy Sadler | April 3, 2012 in Tourism | Comments (0)

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Biking in Central Park

Spring has sprung, and what better way to enjoy the warming, blooming city, than with a bike ride through Central Park.

Bikers can choose to go out on their own, exploring the many gorgeous nooks and crannies that make this incredible inner city park one of New York’s favorite attractions; or they can participate in a guided tour throughout the magnificent park, visiting some of the highlights of the park, including: Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, Wollman Rink and lots more.

There are additional tours available touching on some fascinating themes such as the Movie Scene Tour in which bikers spend their two-hour tour visiting the spots where many scenes from famous movies were filmed, such as scenes from “When Harry Met Sally,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “August Rush.”

Also available are the Arts and Architecture Tour and a Central Park Walking Tour. Biking and/or walking through this historic park, one of the greatest public spaces on earth, is an experience not easily forgotten.