Next CRNA meeting is Thursday March 11

Our next monthly CRNA meeting:  Thursday, March 11, 7 p.m.   Place:  Squeal Bar-B-Q at the corner of Oak and Cambronne.  We’d love to see you there.

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  1. Dear Reader affiliated with the CRNA,

    In the text below, you can learn about Hillary Wallis, founder and Executive Director of the non profit Artfully AWARE (AfA), and the fine-art oil painting exhibit she plans to unveil this fall at the Blackett-Peck Gallery in New Orleans, LA. In brief, the exhibit will depict and comment on the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster by telling a captivating story through a journalistic and historical context. If after reading the accompanying text you empathize with Hilary’s calling and find that her directive parallels with CRNA’s, consider partnering with Hilary and Artfully AWARE. AfA is seeking to collaborate with organizations with which it can develop individuals’ education in the arts through workshops and pursue funding and exhibit space opportunities. Hilary will be in town for the next week, through August 4th. If you would like to meet with Hilary to discuss a potential partnership, I invite you to contact me to make an appointment with her. Thank you kindly for your attention.

    Sincerely,

    Ezra Roth
    (612)701-4675
    Ezra.Roth@ArtfullyAWARE.org

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    Vision Precedes Action

    With the Gulf of Mexico flooded with up to 2.5 million gallons of oil per day since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20 – an explosion during which 11 workers lost their lives – international artist, activist and Gulf Coast native Hilary Wallis is returning to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, the state thus far most serious affected by the disaster.

    As the founder and Executive Director of Artfully AWARE (AfA), a non-profit that focuses on arts education and development in vulnerable communities around the world, Hilary’s mission in the Gulf, her second long-term visit since April 20, will be twofold.

    First, as an artist who has traveled and worked in nearly seventy countries and used art as a journalistic tool to inform the public about urgent issues and unite communities in times of distress, Hilary will be creating a series of fine art, museum-quality paintings depicting a new vision for our coastal communities that are suffering from the oil spill. Completed during the next several months, these paintings will be accompanied by the poetry of a local Louisiana author and will make their debut at a prestigious gallery in the heart of New Orleans French Quarter, from then onwards to be displayed in a traveling exhibition throughout the Gulf and beyond. Money will also be raised from the sale of prints of the paintings.

    Secondly, with AfA’s previous experience running programs in the United States, the United Kingdom and Africa, Hilary’s time in the Gulf will be an opportunity for her to dialogue with local communities on the type of programs that AfA can undertake in partnership with Louisiana-based artists and instructors to help the region through this serious environmental and economic trauma.

    A painter who knows the power of the arts as a means to visually educate and generate awareness of societal issues focused around community development and social activism, Hilary’s dedication to the project comes from her own deep historical and familial connections to the area.

    “As Louisiana, a region with such a rich cultural and environmental heritage, is the nucleus for this terrible event, I can think of nowhere more appropriate for our work to be focused,” Hilary says.

    If you or your organization is interested in more information on the topic, please feel free to contact me to set up an appointment to talk with Hilary more about her work. In the meantime, please also feel free to visit Hilary’s professional website, http://www.hilarywallis.com, or the website of Artfully AWARE, http://www.artfullyaware.org.

    Thank you for your time.

    Sincerely,
    Ezra Roth
    (612)701-4675
    Ezra.Roth@ArtfullyAWARE.org

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