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Montana art historian proposes state flag design changes

Aug. 19, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A University of Montana art historian has called for a new state flag after receiving a top research award. The Missoulian reported Sunday that Hipolito Rafael Chacon announced the idea Thursday to redesign Montana's identity with a new state flag. Officials say his research received...

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Aug. 18, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this week over a...

New Mexico oil production improvements cause economic boom

Aug. 17, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An economic boom in southeast New Mexico has been attributed to skyrocketing oil production. The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that New Mexico's revenue exceeded projected levels allowing lawmakers to authorize a $663-million spending increase for the budget year that started in...

Recording studio opens at Mississippi entertainment museum

Aug. 17, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A recording studio is now open at a museum called The Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience. The Meridian Star reports the Governor's Recording Studio is equipped with technology for recording and for musical rehearsals and tracking and session work. It can also handle...

Charles Santore, illustrator of children's books, dies at 84

Aug. 16, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charles Santore, an illustrator known for his richly detailed and whimsical interpretations of classic children's books has died, his daughter said Friday. Christina Santore said her father died Sunday after a brief illness in Philadelphia, where he was born, raised and worked. He was...

Will populist politics undo a renaissance at Italy's Uffizi?

Aug. 13, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — To protect the masterpieces at the Uffizi Galleries, the Florence museum's director climbed a ladder and hurled an employee's bicycle down at a sheet of glass specially made to keep prized pieces such as Botticelli's "Spring" and "Birth of Venus" safe from vandals. The nearly...

Liz Weston: Will you be a scam artist's next target?

Aug. 12, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

Believing that fraud can't happen to us — because we're too smart, logical or informed — may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP's director of fraud prevention...

Festival to feature art projects in urban neighborhoods

Aug. 12, 2019 5:37 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Art exhibitions, performances and events are scheduled over five months later this year in neighborhoods in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park. The 22 projects by Kresge Artist Fellows and Gilda Award winners are expected to run between September and December under the AXD festival banner....

New gallery at High and Main features creative reuses

Aug. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Just inside the front door at 1700 N. Main St., the new Northwinds Gallery, stands a wildebeest that had a taxidermy session sometime in his past. At his feet lies a tiny whimsical scene with a lake, lighthouse and various small figures. The wildebeest — who had no name going...

Land Conservancy hosts art shows featuring protected areas

Aug. 11, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is hosting two gallery exhibitions featuring artwork created to capture scenic natural areas that have been protected for future generations. A collaboration called "Preserved!" includes 16 painters, photographers, ceramic artists and fiber...