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The Motivational Benefits Of Art In The Workplace – Forbes

The Motivational Benefits Of Art In The Workplace – Forbes

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I recently read a thought-provoking article, via Twitter TWTR -0.14%, called Having Fine Art in the Workplace is Good for Productivity.  That may be a debatable point – I’m not sure it’s easy to calculate a classic ROI from having art in the workplace – but I do believe you can (very roughly) estimate what I call ROE, Return on Environment, as there are subtle but valuable benefits workplace art can bring to a corporate culture.

The article noted above was written by Andre Smith as a guest blog for someone I follow on Twitter, Marissa Brassfield, who goes by the Twitter handle of @efficient.  A simple clear-headed focus on efficiency and productivity appeals to me. After all, is there anyone in management who can’t benefit from being more efficient?

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The #Oyo People’s #Empire of Old: Part One

THE HISTORY OF OYO EMPIRE

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Oyo Empire was one of the Largest Empire in West African state established by Yoruba people in the 15thcentury. The empire succeeded lle-lfe as the dominant kingdom in the area after 1700 and was the most politically important state in the region from the mid 17th  to late 18th century over most of the other kingdoms in Yoruba land including some nearby African states like Fon kingdom of Dahomey in The Republic of Benin. Continue reading The #Oyo People’s #Empire of Old: Part One

African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

Jepchumba, the creator of African Digital Art. Image from her Twitter account (@digitalafrican).Jepchumba, the creator of African Digital Art. Image from her Twitter account (@digitalafrican).

African Digital Art is a website that celebrates African art, design and technology:

Created and developed by Jepchumba, the platform covers a wide range of artistic production from audio/visual production, animation, interactive projects, web, film, graphic art and design. Our focus is on artistic work or practices that utilize digital technology as an essential part of the creative, presentation or distribution process.

The creator of the site, Jepchumba, is a Kenyan digital artist who combines her two passions, digital media and Africa: Continue reading African Digital Art, From Science Fiction Maasai Warriors to Star Wars Re-Imagined in Africa

For All African and Caribbean music lovers: Africa Oyé Will Rock!

Liverpool festival to showcase African and Caribbean music and culture

CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Sarabi at Africa Oye in 2015 (Photo credit: Mark McNulty)

AFRICA OYÉ, the largest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, is counting down to another summer extravaganza in Liverpool.

Having grown from humble beginnings, Africa Oyé is now one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, last year attracting crowds of over 80,000 people from all over the UK – and it’s still growing. Continue reading For All African and Caribbean music lovers: Africa Oyé Will Rock!

Philadephia Museum of Art Showcases African Collection Spanning Fashion, Architecture and Art

Philadephia Museum of Art Showcases African Collection Spanning Fashion, Architecture and Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is staging five exhibitions that show off the range of the artistic oeuvre from the African continent over the centuries.

Titled “Look Again: Contemporary Perspectives on African Art,” the major survey focuses on the diversity of materials, techniques, and traditions used in art across West and Central African cultures. For instance, “Three Photographers/Six Cities,” running from Continue reading Philadephia Museum of Art Showcases African Collection Spanning Fashion, Architecture and Art

A sand artist developed a dramatic way to unveil his artwork

They way that artist Tim Bengel creates art is just as amazing as the final results. The German artist uses sand to draw complex designs on a sticky canvas, but you can’t quite tell what he’s made until right at the end. That’s when he dumps off all the extra sand, and his finished pieces appear like magic.  Continue reading A sand artist developed a dramatic way to unveil his artwork

16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Silk tapestry by Bill Zangewa (Photo: Nicole Disser)

It’s pretty screwy that here, now, in the year 2016 many people still have a hard time grasping that Africa is an incredibly diverse continent home to vastly different cultures, languages, landscapes, and art traditions. Thankfully, we have things like the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair(held May 6 through 8 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook) at our fingertips to keep us in the know about the incredible (and, ahem, marketable) art work coming out of the 54 countries on the African continent. Continue reading 16 Works We Loved at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

How Art Collectors Can Stay Out Of Tax Trouble In New York

Given that the art market is a multi-billion dollar industry and that so many of the world’s art sales and purchases take place in New York State (at record-breaking prices), it is no wonder that cash-strapped state authorities are broadly searching for instances of tax evasion in the art world. We are seeing a tremendous increase in audits and investigations in this area and two recent settlements show the investigations are resulting in the payment of millions of dollars to the state.  With results this profitable, it is likely that NYS investigations of art transactions will continue. Continue reading How Art Collectors Can Stay Out Of Tax Trouble In New York

A Preview Of This Week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

This Friday marks the beginning of the leading transnational fair for contemporary African art in New York. Held at Pioneer Works, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair marks its second year in the city featuring over 60 artists from 25 countries and 17 galleries from nine countries.

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In addition to the art exhibition, attendees can join in on the panels and artist talks curated by Koyo Kouoh for 1:54 FORUM, where discussions will center around the themes of curating in the digital age, contemporary forms of distribution and the African art market. Continue reading A Preview Of This Week’s 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York

100 things that you did not know about Africa

1. The human race is of African origin. The oldest known skeletal remains of anatomically modern humans (or homo sapiens sapiens) were excavated at sites in East Africa. Human remains were discovered at Omo in Ethiopia that were dated at 195,000 years old, the oldest known in the world.

2. Skeletons of pre-humans have been found in Africa that date back between 4 and 5 million years. The oldest known ancestral type of humanity is thought to have been the australopithecus ramidus, who lived at least 4.4 million years ago. Continue reading 100 things that you did not know about Africa