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Canva On iPad For Creating Great Designs On The Go

October 21, 2014 by  

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Whether you are a social media professional or just a professional in any career -  graphics is an important part of presentations, events, group, online and meeting communications.  In the past expensive and complicated graphics software was needed to create and “size” graphics. I have been following and learning about social media from Guy Kawaski for years and recently he shared information about Canva as a great website to create graphics. I started using Canva for my social media and professional graphic projects and was thrilled at how easy it was for even people like me (graphically challenged).  I just received a press release that Canva is now available on the iPad, which makes it even easier to create graphics on the go!
“Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online. Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. 
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UBUNTU Music & Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall This Month

October 21, 2014 by  

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The Ubuntu Festival, which is a tribute to Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s rich musical heritage, launched on October 8, 2014 and runs through November 5 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. South Africa is a dizzying patchwork of cultures and languages with 11 official tongues, including isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English. From this diversity emerges a dynamic and impassioned cultural life like none other on earth. Carnegie Hall salutes this vibrant nation with a festival called UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa. Roughly translating to mean “I am because you are,” ubuntu is a philosophy from Southern Africa that emphasizes the importance of community, influencing recent moves of reconciliation and inclusion in South Africa that were fostered by the late Nelson Mandela. Dedicated to Mandela’s legacy, Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU festival celebrates the many threads that make up South Africa’s vibrant musical culture. The festival also extends throughout New York City with events at leading cultural institutions, crossing arts disciplines to include music, film, art exhibitions, and more. “In creating the Ubuntu festival, we were inspired by the cultural life of this incredibly diverse country,” said Clive Gillinson, Carnegie Hall’s Executive and Artistic Director in a South Africa media…

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Over a Million Flood Toronto’s Streets For The Nuit Blanche Art Festival

October 21, 2014 by  

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Nuit Blanche is an annual art festival that takes place in various cities around the world, including Toronto.  It starts at sunset and finishes up at sunrise. Over one million people flood the streets and take in the various exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. This is what it looked like on Queen Street West this year.   Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands
  Queen Street West closed to traffic and open to thousands   Over the years, the festival itself has been great and other years, boring. Last year, dry. This year, fun and inspiring. People enjoyed themselves and the energy was great.One of the exhibits that really made it for me was the Global Rainbow. Created by Yvette Mattern, it consists of a ‘high specification laser light projection beaming in parallel horizontal lines creating a natural perspective horizon arc simulating a natural rainbow arc with a trajectory of up to 60 km’. Impressive. It wasn’t projecting that far but it can be seen from virtually any point in downtown Toronto. Three people supervise the installation from the top of a parking lot in Kensington Market, about 2km NNW of…

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Idea Festival 2014 For Those Who Are Forever Curious

October 19, 2014 by  

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Imagine an eclectic conference in the heart of bourbon country that brings together thought leaders, big thinkers, educators, scientists, politicians, urban planners, technologists, authors, artists, students and musicians under one roof? And…that is not by all means an exhaustive list. Idea Festival is the one event that I’ve jumped on an airplane for every year, bound for Louisville Kentucky to make the time for a four day discussion on creativity and innovation. Last year’s event coverage will give you a taste of who they attract and while the focus may change slightly depending on who’s on the main stage, the mission remains the same: to Stay Curious. Hear from founder and the force behind Idea Festival Kris Kimel; a snippet from a video I shot a couple of years ago will demonstrate his passion for the event and why he started it.  Think of it as an intellectual playground in one of America’s most interesting southern cities where people celebrate ideas, creativity and transformational learning across multiple disciplines, including science, technology, design, education, philosophy, business and the arts. While not in any of these categories, Walgreen’s Chief Diversity Officer Steve

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Hrönn Marinósdóttir Chats About The Reykjavik International Film Festival

October 17, 2014 by  

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I recently sat down with Hrönn Marinósdóttir, the very busy Festival Director for the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). We talked about film in Iceland, the humble beginnings of RIFF, the obstacles the festival has faced, the unique ways film goers can watch a film here (it involves swimming pools and caves)and of course, where the festival goes from here. I thank Hrönn for taking time out of our day to spend some time. If you love venturing to off-the-beaten-path adventures sprinkled with culture, then RIFF is for you.


The Haunted Horseman’s Hollow Takes the Legend to Its Darkest Extremes

October 10, 2014 by  

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Celebrating its fifth anniversary year, Horseman’s Hollow is a haunted experience in the heart of Sleepy Hollow New York that takes the tale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes. Historic Philipsburg Manor transforms into a terrifying landscape ruled by the undead, the evil, and the insane, all serving the Headless Horseman himself. A fabulous Halloween-themed event which is a great for kids (above age 10) takes you on a journey beyond the infamous Legend. Haunted house professional Lance Hallowell leads a crew of award-winning makeup and costume designers and a 40-member-strong cast of experienced actors to create an immersive, interactive, pleasantly terrifying experience, with state-of-the-spooky-art special effects. Custom built set pieces and period-correct costumes help orient the experience in Philipsburg Manor’s traditional time period of the mid-1700s. Visitors begin walking a haunted trail, stumbling upon scary scenes of a town driven mad by the Headless Horseman. The Hollow’s unfortunate inhabitants are all too ready to keep visitors from ever leaving. Creatures, human and otherwise, lurk in the shadows, ready to terrify the unsuspecting while incredible special effects disorient and unsettle. Elaborate costumes and the work of award-wining…

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Fashion Week Exudes A Whole Lotta Fun This Year

October 1, 2014 by  

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At this year’s Fashion Week, there was a plus size runway show, the best of Paris street style, kids showed up looking more fashionable than the best women in my college class and Iggy Azalea Channels “Basic Instinct” in a skintight white dress. J. Lo wore a dangerously sexy and daring black dress and Rihanna showed up in a Babydoll dress but it was the news that infamous fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier known for taking incredible dares in fashion history that the 2015 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week would be the last one he’d create. It created a stir! And an extravaganza on stage followed. It looked more like a beauty pageant than a fashion show, with models of all ages and from a myriad of different styles. There were also extravagant hats as always on stage this year. We love love love this event and one of these days, hope to be on the ground covering it in more depth. Photo credits: Getty Images.


Kito Mbiango Integrates Ikebana Into His Japanese Art

September 30, 2014 by  

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When it comes to artistic talent, sometimes living in New York City makes me feel like I’m a kid in a candy shop. Today’s featured artist is Kito Mbiango and while he currently lives in the Big Apple, he has traveled all around the world. His work reflects many of these travels and what draws me in the most is his clever use of color. See below for the full interview.

Kito, how did you find your way into the art world?

I never really sought out art, but art world found its way to me, for since my childhood, I spent time with my grandmother who traveled often to Japan to study her passion for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. I also learned some techniques from my aunt Rose, a painting teacher who produced exquisitely feminine oil paintings. This exposure led me to develop a deep appreciation for beauty and gave me the freedom to explore and experiment with different tools and textures of my own. I initially took to photography but after almost 10 years as a professional photographer, turned to painting and mixed media to produce the images that previously lived only in my imagination.…

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