on view: help launch an interactive jacob lawrence microsite

Washington, D.C.’s The Phillips Collection has a treasure trove of material culture related to artist Jacob Lawrence and is asking for help making it accessible. The Phillips’ planned interactive microsite will feature rarities such as unseen interviews of the artist, biographical materials, and archival photos. The highlight: high-resolution images of Lawrence’s breathtaking sixty-panel “The Migration Series” which chronicles the first massive movement of over a million African-Americans from rural Southern states to urban locales in the Northeast, West, and Midwest between the two World Wars, known as the Great Migration. [Note: My family was part of the over five-million-strong Second Great Migration departing Mississippi and Tennessee for Missouri in the 1950s.]

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talent round-up day

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“Round Up on the Cimmaron”,  CC image by William Henry Jackson

Highlighting nonprofit organizations and individuals doing stellar work!

  • The Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-partisan nonprofit journalism organization based in California, recently presented the results of its investigation of America’s 50 Worst Charities in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Times. These findings are important not only for the sector but for those who choose to donate their resources.
  • The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. sent my art-geek heart aflutter with #breakfortart. During July and August 2013, the museum will discuss a selected work of art from its collection via Twitter. The Phillips should be commended for innovative audience engagement (check out the Storify) and using Visual Thinking Strategies to guide the conversation.
  • Anyone who’s working with a summer camp, class, workshop, or project for youth. I know most of you are putting in long hours with little pay (or none at all – yay volunteers!) but your dedication is inspiring.