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Louvre exhibit acclaims Da Vinci, 500 years after his death

Oct. 22, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Much about Leonardo Da Vinci remains an enigma: the smile of the "Mona Lisa"; why the world's most famous painter left so many works unfinished; and more recently, who bought the contentious "Salvator Mundi." A new exhibit at the Louvre, however, opening Thursday and marking the 500th...

Meow Wolf CEO announces he would step down

Oct. 21, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The CEO of a New Mexico-based startup company for immersive art installations known as Meow Wolf is stepping down The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 36-year-old CEO Vince Kadlubek announced Friday he was stepping down but would remain on the company's payroll as an executive adviser to...

Craft fair scheduled next month at Mahoney State Park

Oct. 20, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is inviting people to do some early Christmas shopping at Mahoney State Park near Ashland. The River Valley Artisans and Craft Market is scheduled for Nov. 2-3. Vendor products will include wood kitchenware and furniture, goat milk soap, handmade...

Maine children's museum sells building in prep for big move

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine children's museum has sold its downtown Portland building to help clear the way for a move into a new space. The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine sold the building to the Portland Museum of Art for $2.1 million. The sale means the museum can move into a more modern...

Artist uses 'historic' markers to raise climate awareness

Oct. 19, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — New England is awash in historic markers, but a handful of plaques popping up in a New Hampshire town are different. Rather than commemorating important people or places in history, many of these dinner plate-size signs detail events like rising sea levels and an explosion of ticks that...

Exhibit on Jefferson's architecture weaves in slavery's role

Oct. 19, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As an architect, Thomas Jefferson envisioned buildings for a new republic — not old-world kings. The domes and columns in his designs recalled ancient Greece and Rome to symbolize liberty and democracy. And yet enslaved Americans were involved in the actual construction. They...

Living on dairy farm helped 'Walking Dead' creator get gory

Oct. 19, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky is known for lots of cool stuff. Bourbon, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, bluegrass, the Kentucky Derby, Muhammad Ali and zombies. That's right, zombies. And not to incite an apocalypse, but even if you don't care a lick about comic books or the "undead,"...

Plan in works to strengthen downtown Travelers Rest

Oct. 19, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. (AP) — A new master plan for a South Carolina city focuses on growth and strengthening the city's downtown as the "economic and cultural heart" of the community. The plan is for Travelers Rest. Mayor Brandy Amidon said it will serve as a guide for growth and development and "help the...

IU-Kokomo's 'Phoenix' sculpture gets facelift after 54 years

Oct. 19, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — A bird-like sculpture that's been a fixture at the Indiana University-Kokomo campus since 1965 has gotten a much-needed face-lift. Decades of exposure to the elements had left the sculpture known as "The Phoenix" riddled with cracks that marred the stainless steel, epoxy and fiberglass...

Mural to honor University of Michigan's first black student

Oct. 19, 2019 10:03 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit artist is working with University of Michigan students to create a mural depicting the school's first black student. Artist Tylonn Sawyer and the students want to honor Samuel Watson, a doctor who attended the Michigan's medical school in the 1850s. University researchers...