Author Archives: ScissortailArtCenter

Kathleen Norris on Creativity, artistic genius

By | January 12, 2014

“It doesn’t help that others often encourage artists to think of themselves as more special, sensitive, ‘creative’ than other mortals. This is false doctrine. There is but one creator, and ‘creating’ is the very thing that artists cannot do. The gifts of the human imagination that artists employ operate equally in science and scholarship, teaching […]

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Book club announced

By | September 7, 2013

The first scheduled event at the art center is on the calendar! A book club will take place on the second Tuesday of each month in the Scissortail Art Center’s 207 space at 207 W 3rd Street in Grand Island. It will begin at 7pm. The first book will be Sara Zarr’s How to Save […]

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Going after it: Scissortail207

By | June 2, 2013

Remember this? It’s happening. A year later, after some drama that shall not be revisited, we’re moving forward again with the use of this space as an art center. Since it’s at street number 207 (and not out in the countryside like the ideal we have in mind for the Scissortail Art Center), it has […]

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Tax incentives and the arts

By | February 10, 2013

While I’m not convinced tax credits (or deductions or inclusions or . . . ) are a good thing to begin with, this is very interesting: ” [In Canada] parents get a tax credit for money spent exposing their children to arts, recreation, or culture . . .” [Preceded by] “A couple of years ago, […]

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Art in the most unlikely place

By | November 2, 2012

The return trip from an annual work conference resulted in the accidental discovery of an art gallery in a town of 200, give or take. The Most Unlikely Place is in Lewellen, just west of Ash Hollow in western Nebraska (pictured below). The Most Unlikely Place also has a frame shop and serves lunch — […]

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On beauty and aging

By | October 27, 2012

A thought for discussion: Is one reason that beauty is attributed to youth and not maturity because aging (leastwise death) was not a part of God’s original design?

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More than one right answer

By | September 21, 2012

Creativity is nurtured by freedom and stifled by the continuous monitoring, evaluation, adult-direction, and pressure to conform that restrict children’s lives today. In the real world few questions have one right answer, few problems have one right solution; that’s why creativity is crucial to success in the real world. But more and more we are […]

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Art Center: Going after it

By | August 19, 2012

My wife and I are working to turn a vacant space I have access too — which has had a couple renters over the past couple years that just didn’t stick — into a downtown art center. With a newborn in the house and the necessity of a full-time job, at this point work on […]

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Wendell Berry on accepting local responsibility to affect change

By | August 12, 2012

Via this YouTube video: I don’t think that I know anything that’s reducible to a last word. Our people like to trade in that kind of stuff, but it’s stuff. It really doesn’t amount too much. What’s really interesting is the possibility that we humans can make sense. This is an issue, this is a […]

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Our passion for artist centers

By | June 12, 2012

Four months back or so an Internet acquaintance also interested in the work of arts centers emailed me a link to an academic paper titled Artists’ Centers: Evolution and Impact on Careers, Neighborhoods, Economies. The paper examines the history and success of artist centers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul region, where they are plentiful. Putting significant […]

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