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MAP News: May 15th Off the MAP + Volunteers Wanted


THANK YOU FOR MAKING {RE}HAPPENING 2012 SPECTACULAR!



Before we get down to business, we think it's important to send one last THANK YOU! to all the artists, volunteers, attendees and other supporters who helped make the {Re}HAPPENING 2012 a smashing success.  



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OFF THE MAP MAY 15th AT 8PM -- AT BOBO GALLERY

Featuring Nava Lubelski



On Tuesday, May 15th we will be hosting our second "Off the MAP" event of the year, featuring visual artist Nava Lubelski, who will be presenting a slideshow of her mixed media paintings (currently on display at Turchin Visual Arts Center in Boone) and paper sculptures (currently on display in the SECCA "Paperless" exhibit in Winston-Salem).



The evening's discussion will revolve around the idea of "imperfectionism" and using paper as an analog representation of digital information.



Lubelski's work has been featured in galleries and museums internationally, most recently at The Shelburne Museum, VT, The Powerhouse Museum, Australia and other galleries in NY, Toronto and LA.  Her work is also in permanent collections at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan, The Queens Museum of Art in Queens, NY and the Henry Buhl collection.



Find out more about the artist at www.navalubelski.com.



WHEN: Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 p.m.

HOW MUCH: free

WHERE: Bobo Gallery at 22 N. Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.



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Off the MAP is a lecture series presented by The Media Arts Project offering insightful talks by visual artists and performers who infuse conceptual approaches to art-making with new technology and traditional media.  If you have a specific project or idea related to the media arts that you'd like to present, or if you'd simply like to discuss your artistic approach and practice, please contact us! We would love to host you at a future Off the MAP event, either alone or alongside other artists.



VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO PROMOTE MEDIA ARTS IN WNC



The MAP is looking for local media artists and supporters, who are excited about the prospect of building up the Western North Carolina media arts community, and who want to contribute their time, energy and resources to making it happen by becoming a MAP volunteer.



We want to see more focus on cutting-edge, forward-thinking and engaging media art in galleries and out on the town, whether it is interactive, sonic, performance-based, or multimedia.  Our area is known for being an artistic mecca, but we feel that the presence of media arts is lacking.  



The MAP wants to be proactive in encouraging and promoting more media arts activity in our community, so we invite you to join us in developing new and exciting local projects that do so.  Contact us at info@themap.org with details about your interest and any specific knowledge, experience or resources that you might be able to contribute.



LAAFF PROPOSALS FOR INTERACTIVE ART DUE MAY 15th

$250 - $750 Mini-grants available for the best proposals



Just a quick reminder to any idle interactive art projects out there-- LAAFF wants YOU!



The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival organizers are looking for new and exciting interactive art projects to be presented at the festival on September 1st.  The best proposals for projects will be awarded mini-grants of $250-$750 to be used toward their creation.  



In your proposal, make sure to include a description of the activity, any supplementary images or drawings, a list of materials, and a detailed budget.  The judging criteria includes "ingenuity, creativity, sustainability and interactivity".



Submissions are due May 15th (just a few days away!).



Send proposals for the "Interactive Arts Area" and the "Kids Area" to kitty@arts2people.org.



Send proposals for "bike games," "big kid games" and new media/light/projected art installations to jennifer@arts2people.org.



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UPDATE YOUR PROFILE ON THEMAP.ORG



Consider this an invitation to all MAP members with profiles on our website to log in and update your profiles!  We have been receiving quite a few inquiries lately from individuals and small businesses looking for help with both short-term and long-term projects (animating, designing, filming, building...) and we often advise them to search our website database for local artists with the appropriate skills.



The MAP website is intended for use by local media artists as a free portfolio site, announcement board (new projects, events, arts-related items for sale) and a way to connect artists (with skills or product to offer) with individuals and businesses who want to contract or hire them.  Please take advantage of this site to promote yourself and your work!



If you've forgotten your login information, just e-mail us and we'll find the information for you.



If you don't already have an account, it's totally free.  Visit the site and click "Apply for an Account" at the top right, and as long as you're a Western North Carolina-based media artist, we'll approve you!



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OTHER MEDIA ARTS EVENTS AND NEWS



INTERACTIVE DESIGN FROM WNC AT N.C. MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES IN RALEIGH



The new Nature Research Center wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh features interactive work by several Asheville-based designers.  The new wing is an 80,000-square-foot, $56 million expansion of the museum, which is the most visited attraction in the state and the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast.  Over 40,000 people attended the 24-hour opening event of the new wing on April 20.




  • The Elumenati designed and deployed the Science Panorama, "an immersive theater with a 25-foot semi-permanent panorama," controlled by a kiosk with a custom user interface.  The interactive, immersive experience will feature globally and locally relevant content that will be updated regularly with current science stories as they happen in the news.  Find out more: http://www.elumenati.com/projects/north-carolina-museum-of-natural-science/





  • UNC-Asheville New Media student Rebekah David designed and developed an interactive kiosk for Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute.  The kiosk serves as a "portal to PARI" and includes a variety of features, from UNC-TV-produced videos about the nonprofit's history and current initiatives, to interactive components showcasing on-site projects like the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA).  Find out more: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20120429/NEWS/304290055/PARI-featured-state-museum





  • Do you have work that is or will be displayed in a gallery, museum or other venue?  We'd love to share it with our members!  Send us details, including any photos or links to news releases about your project, and we'll include it in a future newsletter.



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