Highlights

The future of Myanmar (Burma) is in the news these days with the election of Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman at the core of that country’s democracy movement. And several films cover that story from various angles. “They Call It Myanmar – Lifting The Curtain” was shot clandestinely over a 2-year period by novelist and filmmaker Robert H. Lieberman. It provides a rare impressionistic look at one of the most isolated countries in the world through interactions with more than 100 people throughout the country including the recently released political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi.  Screens April 6 – 12 at Landmark Theatres’ Metro Theatre. Producer Deborah C. Hoard appears Friday, Saturday and Monday, April 6, 7 and 9 at the 7:05 p.m. shows and again Sunday, April 8 at the 3:40 p.m. show. Director Robert H. Lieberman appears on Wednesday and Thursday on April 11 and 12 at the 7:05 p.m. shows. 4500 – 9th Avenue NE. Call (206) 781-5755. “The Lady” is a feature film directed by Luc Besson and starring Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. It tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband and the peaceful quest  of a woman at the center of her country’s democracy movement. The script is by Rebecca Frayn who interviewed key figures in that movement to fashion her story. It opens April 13 at the Harvard Exit.  807 E.  Roy.  Call (206) 781-5755.  A third documentary film entitled “Into the Current: Burma’s Political Prisoners” had a Seattle screening last month. For details on that film, go to www.meaningfulmovies.org.

“Along the Silk Road” is a program series presented by Seattle Asian Art Museum with the Early Music Guild to accompany the present exhibit entitled “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats.”  On Sat., April 7 from 6:30 – 10 p.m., enjoy the following: Historian Daniel Waugh gives a narrated photographic talk on the people and historic sites found from China through the Middle East at 6:30 p.m. From 7:15 – 8 p.m., enjoy the exhibit and reception. At 8 p.m., Tomoko Sugawara plays the ancient Kugo Harp with Kane Mathis on percussion. Tickets for the above concert available by calling (206) 325-7066.  Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader give a performance of Afgan Music on Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Free but RSVP requested by going to [email protected]. Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Stimson auditorium in Volunteer Park. Call (206) 654-3121 or visit: tickets.seattleartmuseum.org/public.

“Raj Kapoor & The Golden Age of Indian Cinema”  (see related story in this issue) looks at the career of this actor considered a legend of Indian film.  He was a popular actor who  combined swagger, showmanship and pathos. As much loved as he was an actor, he wielded even more influence as a director. His films ran the gamut from raw neorealism to epic musical production numbers all painted in bright colors. This retrospective introduces a major Indian cinema figure with thirteen newly restored classics from the early 40s all the way to the 80s. The retrospective continues through April 11 at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center in the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center. Call (206) 633-7151 for more information.

Tasveer presents the annual Aaina Festival  which showcases the artistic work of South Asian women through performance, film and art. Special performances of Yoni Ki Baat (adapted from The Vagina Monologues) which shares stories celebrating sexuality while documenting oppression takes place on Friday & Saturday, April 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. For full festival schedule, go to seattleartmuseum.org/gardnercenter or www.tasveer.org

M. Rosetta Hunter Art Gallery at Seattle Central Community College presents a group  show entitled “Traditions” curated by Seattle artist Romson Regarde Bustillo.  Bustillo writes that the show presents “established and emerging artists with ties to the Puget Sound whose works purpose culture, technologies, and aesthetic traditions as current articles and contemporary concepts.”  A chance to see the work of Marita Dingus, Meghan Trainor, Jite Agbro, Rusty Oliver, Kamla Kakaria, David Roberts, Romson Bustillo, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Carina del Rosario and Degenerate Art Ensemble all in one room. On view through April 26. 1701 Broadway on campus across from the cafeteria. Call (206) 934-4379 or go to www.seattlecentral.edu/gallery.

“Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps” is a new show at Northwest Nikkei Museum in the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle. Free. For details, go to www.jcccw.org/NWNikkeiMuseum.html.

Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto who works with salt, an element associated with death in Japanese culture has work in the group show entitled “Making Mends” which explores the healing power of art. Seattle artist Margot Quan Knight has work in this show as well. On view through May 27. As part of the NWDC Lecture Series, noted Seattle ceramic sculptor Patti Warashina will give a talk on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Free but please RSVP online. Bellevue Arts Museum at 510 Bellevue Way NE. Call (425) 519-0770 or go to www.bellevuearts.org.

The Frye Art Museum opens two new exciting shows. “Of Breath and Rain” by Susie J. Lee is the first solo show by this leading Seattle artist and Stranger Genius Award-winner. The artist creates installations that use multi-media tools and says of her work – “I am drawn to the mutable terrain between myth and stories (i.e. collective memories) and the unbearably real.”  On view through April 8, 2012. “Eternity and Commoner” is the first museum exhibition in the US of work by Li Chen, a noted sculptor working in Shanghai and Taiwan. The artist explores the honorific used in ancient China by commoners wishing their rulers a long life. Also includes works that explore the cyclical nature of life in wood, rope and clay. On view from through April 8, 2012.  704 Terry. Call (206) 622-9250 or go to www.fryemuseum.orgwww.

“Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” is a fascinating photo exhibit that takes 10 families from around the world and looks at what they eat, day in and day out. Remains on view through June 10. UW’s Burke Museum at 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th in Seattle. Call (206) 544-5590 or go to www.burkemuseum.org.

 “Soaring Voices, Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan” is a group show presenting 85 ceramics by 25 contemporary artists. Through May 12. Western Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Call (360) 650-3963 or go to www.westerngallery.wwu.edu.

Visual Arts

“Dreams of Fire and Ice” is a show inspired by visits to Iceland by photographer/writer SuJ’n Chon on view with photographs of the Philippines by Carina del Rosario at IDEA ODYSSEY Gallery through April 28. Also included is “Past Exhibitors Spring Clean Sale” from April 5 – 28 which includes work by Minh Carrico, SuJ’n Chon, Carina del Rosario, Anita Feng Jon Moniz, Darius Morrison and Star Rush. All works sold at 20% or more off their original prices. Proceeds go to support the artists and the non-profit artist collective. Opening reception is April 5 from 5 – 8pm. Hours are Thursday – Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.  IDEA Odyssey Gallery, 666 S. Jackson St., Seattle.

If Saya Moriyasu’s new work is “Folly,” it’s the refreshingly funny kind. Shows with Gala Bent’s “Geology of Longing.” Through April 14. G. Gibson Gallery at 300 S. Washington St. Call (206) 587-4033 or go to [email protected].

“Where We Meet: Encountering Nature” is a global group show that contemplates our human relationship with nature as part of “Earth Day” activities. Includes four artists from China, Korea, Japan and the US.  See the work of Wang Jiang, Yuko Ishii, Gillchun Koh and Jane Alden Stevens.  In addition, Gillchun Koh will be visiting Seattle and presents an artist talk on April 21 at 3pm. He will address his art and activism as well as providing an introduction to the arts and culture of Jeju Island. ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S. Call (206) 839-0377 or visit: www.artxchange.org.

The Washington State Convention Center this month will be a ceramic lover’s paradise. Shows include the following.  “Enduring Clay: Four decades of Collecting Ceramics by the City of Seattle & King County.” “The Kolva/Sullivan Collection” includes work from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. The work of Akio Takamori is included in the group show, “Marks: Ceramic Sculptors Draw.” Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place downtown. Call (206) 694-5000 or visit: to www.wsctc.com.

Aljoya presents an art exhibition featuring the work of ZZ Wei and Alfredo Arreguin. Show will be on view through June 25, 2012. 450 NE 100th St. in Seattle.

 “Ocean in a Cup” is a NCECA group exhibition of contemporary sake ware by Japanese & American potters as curated by John Dix based in Japan. Represents a wide range of approaches from traditional to contemporary. On view through April 21.  Also on view through April 21 is “What’s the Use?” ceramic work from traditional to modern from students and faculty in the University of Montana Ceramics Program put on the map by the late, great ceramic sculptor Rudy Autio. Includes the work of Beth Lo and many others.  Kobo at Higo, 604 South Jackson. Email [email protected] or call (206) 381-3000.

Noted Seattle ceramic artist Patti Warashina has work in the group show entitled “Around The Bend And Over The Edge: Seattle Ceramics 1964 – 1977” through May 6.  Warashina will engage the curator of the show, Martha Kingsbury in conversation about West Coast experimental ceramics and the post-war departure from utility. On Fri., April 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus located at 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st. Call (206) 543-2280 or visit www.henryart.org for details.

“Gauguin Polynesia – An Elusive Paradise”  (see related story in this issue) is on view till April 29. The work couples the artist’s work in the South Seas with indigenous work from the islands. Anthropologist Miriam Kahn gives a talk entitled “Tahiti in the Shadow of Gauguin” on Friday, April 6 at 11am in the SAM’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. Professor Elizabeth C. Childs, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Washington University will give a museum members only lecture entitled “Encountering Polynesia: Gauguin, Nostalgia and the Fictions of Paradise” on Tuesday, April 10 at 7pm. Scholars Dr. Caroline Vercoe, from the University of Auckland and Dr. Carol Ivory, from Washington State University, discuss modern day Polynesia and its rich history on Wednesday, April 11 at 7pm.  “SAM Teens: Teen Night Out” takes place on Friday, April 13. A fun-filled celebration of Polynesian art and culture with live music,  art making and art tours. Free admission. Kids activities for this show include the following. “ Earth Day for Kids” in Olympic Sculpture Park   on Sat.,  April 21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artmaking, tours and performances with an ecological message.  On the second floor see an offering of Toshiko Takaezu’s large ceramic jars in the “New Acquisitions” show along with Brendan Tang’s send-up of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels meets techno-pop shapes inspired by Japanese anime and manga. On the third floor, explore a new show entitled “The Seattle Art Museum & Seattle Artists in the 1930s and 1940s” which celebrates the work of Northwest artists whose careers were fostered by the director and patrons of the museum. Includes work by Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Emilio Amero. SAM Next series is Seattle Art Museum’s contemporary art exhibition program intended to shed light on cutting-edge contemporary young artists and the work they are doing. Selected sixth in the series is New York-based multi-media artist Mika Tajima. Tajima combines painting, sculpture, design, performance, video and sound to create immersive installations that expand the possibilities of each medium. Early warning – Tajima will make an appearance at the museum on April 28.  On view through June 17, 2012. SAM,1300 First Ave., Seattle. Call (206) 654-3100 or visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.

On view till August 5, 2012 will be a show entitled “Colors of the Oasis, Central Asian Ikats” which features 40 colorful robes created during the 19th century using the labor intensive process known as ikat. All at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call (206) 654-3100 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

The Wing has a new show “I Am Filipino” which looks at Filipino identity through personal stories and photographs. “Asian American Arcade” is a new exhibition. Follow video games out of the arcade and into the art gallery where related artworks explore questions of identity, community, imagination, learning and the power of play in our lives. Through June 17, 2012. “Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family” is a new show of a famous neighborhood general store on view until May 27, 2012. Accompanied by a catalogue with essay written by Ken Mochizuki. “From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food” is a show   which explores the traditions, techniques and mouth-watering stories of food through culture and cooking techniques passed on through home and restaurant over the years.  Through July 15, 2012. “New Years All Year Round” on view till July 1. “Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio” on view through Sept. 16. Family Fun Day on April 21 features “Filipino Cut Paper Traditions” taught by Seattle artist Romson Regarde Bustillo from 1 – 3 p.m.  Enjoy the First Thursday Historic Hotel Tour on April 5 from 10am – 8pm at a discount. For information on all of the above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.

Photographer Carina del Rosario’s work is included in two group shows this spring. “Shadows and Reflections” curated by sculptor June Sekiguchi at Ida Culver House in Seattle through July 16.  12505 Greenwood Ave. N. (206) 452-3206. “Contemporary Traditions” curated by Romson Regarde Bustillo opening in April at M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central Community College  in room 2BE2116 at 1701 Broadway. (206) 934-4379. She also gives a slide talk about her work on the Philippines (currently on view at Odyssey Gallery till) at ACRS on Friday, April 6 at noon.

The art of Kathy Liao is included in a group show entitled “Introductions 2012” through April 7.SAM Gallery, 1220 Third Ave., Seattle. Call (206) 343-1101.

Artists Susie J. Lee, Henry Tsang and Jin-Me Yoon were selected to participate in “The 10th Northwest Biennial” which will be on view through May 2012. Work was selected by TAM curator Rock Hushka and independent art curator Renato Rodrigues da Silva. Call (253) 272-4258 or go to www.TacomaArtMuseum.org.

The Museum of Northwest Art in La Connor, Washington   has a group show entitled “Tulipieres: The Tulip Vase Revisted” on view through June 10. The work of Makiko Ichiura, Saya Moriyasu and Patti Warashina is included. Also on view is a group  show entitled “Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” which includes the work of Paul Horiuchi, Norie Sato and George Tsutakawa.  121 South First St. in La Conner. Call (360) 466-4446 or go to www.museumofnwart.org.

Roger Shimomura’s work is in a group show at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. entitled “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.” Through Oct. 14, 2012. Go to www.npa.sl.edu.  After the show closes, it will tour including venues in Washington State.

Coverage of early Japanese American history in the region is included in the permanent exhibit at White River Valley Museum, 918 “H” St. S.E. in Auburn. Call (253) 288-7433 or go www.wrvmuseum.org.

The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center preserves the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the area. Their permanent exhibit is “Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of a Community.” “Forthcoming shows will be “Kokeshi: From Tradition to Tools,” “Coming Home: Japanese Americans in Portland After WWII” and “Roger Shimomura: Shadows of Minidoka.” Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave. in Portland. Call (503) 224-1458 or e-mail: [email protected].

The Portland Japanese Garden offers the serenity of a Japanese garden plus numerous classes, art shows and workshops year around. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. Call (503) 233-1321.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene has the following exhibits.  Coming next spring is a show entitled “Visions of the Orient: Western Women artists in Asia, 1900 – 1940.” Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Seattle. Call (541) 346-3027.

The Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver, BC presents “Disaster in Japan,” a show of photographs documenting the 3.11.11 earthquake/tsunami  on view through March 23. 885 W. Georgia St. Call (604) 250-9682 or go to www.pendulumgallery.bc.ca.

Performing Arts

Filipino American singer Lea Salonga who rose to fame as a teenager for playing the lead in the New York production of   the musical, “Miss Saigon” gives a concert at the Moore Theatre on April 13 at 8 p.m. 911 Pine St. 877-784-4849 or go to www.stgpresents.org.

“Will Soccer be Japan’s 21st Century Sport” is the title of a talk by William W. Kelly of Yale University. Thursday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Part of the Griffith and Patricia Way Lecture Series. Kane Hall 225 on the Seattle campus of UW. Free. Call (206) 685-9997 or contact [email protected]

“Matsuri 2012” is a Japanese festival open to the public on April 28 from 3 – 7 p.m. There will be food, activities and performances by singer/songwriter Emi Meyer, Kaze Daiko and the UW Kendo Club and more. On the Seattle UW campus in Red Square. Go to www.uwmatsuri.org for details.

Circus performer/contortionist Ling Rui appears in the new Teatro ZinZanni show, “Caliente!” through June 10, 2012. 222 Mercer St. near Seattle Center. For tickets, call (206) 802-0015 or buy at the box office in front of the theatre.

Ragamala presents a south Indian classical vocal concert with O. S. Thiagarajan accompanied by G. Chandramouli on violin and Mali Santhanakrishnan on mridangam on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30pm. East Shore Unitarian Church atn12700 SE 32nd St. in Bellevue.  Please visit www.ragamala.org for details.

Saturday University Lecture Saturdays  explores the theme of “The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment  & Health”. Presented by the Gardner Center For Asian Art And Ideas, UW Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company. April 7 brings Ananya Roy and Vikram Prakash talking about “Asian Urbanism: Negotiating the Global.” Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Stimson Auditorium, 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. Visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org or call (206) 654-3121.

“Hanggang Sa Mulii: Homecoming Stories for the Filipino Soul” is the title of a new book by Reni Roxas. This local author will talk about her book and do a booksigning on Wednesday, April 18 at Seattle University’s Community Room located in the Admissions and Alumni Building on campus.  6 p.m.  401 – 12th Ave.

A series entitled  “Know More Art : Controversy!” takes place April 7 – May 12 at Tacoma Art Museum. Elise Richman looks at the issues around Maya Lin’s Vietnam War Memorial   and our cultural expectations and the art of remembering. Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. Call (253) 272-4258 or go to www.TacomaArtMuseum.org.

The Seattle Symphony’s new season comes with a new conductor, Ludovic Morlot and some surprises. Some highlights include the following. On April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra come into town with Wu Wei on sheng performing a mix of Eastern and Western compositions. For a complete schedule, call (206) 215-4747 or go to www.seattlesymphony.org.

Film/Media

Director’s Kinji Fukasaku’s “Battle Royale” is a cult classic about young students learning how to kill each other in a battle of survival on a distant island. Presaging “The Hunger Games” by almost 10 years, this film never had a U.S. theatrical release until now. Starring Beat Takeshi.  April 20 & April 26 at 9:30 p.m. and also April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Uptown, 511 Queen Anne Ave. N. Call (206) 324-9996 or go to www.siff.net.

Kid’s activities tied in with art shows and a screening of a children’s film take place at the “Free First Saturdays + Kids Flicks” program at Seattle Asian Art Museum every first Sat. of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Buds & Blooms” on April 7 will have kids make magical paper flowers inspired by Ikebana floral arrangements and see Michel Ocelot’s “Princes and Princesses” at 1:30 p.m. “Wonderful Wardrobe” on May 5 lets kids explore the show “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats” and design their own wearable art.  The 1:30 p.m. screening is “Little Women.” Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect. Visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.

“South Seas Dreams: Tahiti As a Cinematic Paradise” looks at the South Seas from various perspectives. On Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Plestcheeff Auditorium of the downtown Seattle Art Museum. April 20 is the 1935 version of “Mutiny on the bounty.” April 27 is “Oviri aka The Wolf at the Door.” Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. Visit seattleartmuseum.org.

The Written Arts

Dori Yang, author of “Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle” will read from the book on Saturday, April 21 at 4pm. Informants for this book like Dr. Peter Ku, Dr. Paul Liano, and Maria Koh will be present. Free. At the Wing. Go to www.wingluke.org for details.

New York Times bestseller, “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See is now in a Random House trade paperback edition. Visit: www.LisaSee.com for details.

Art News/Opportunities

Former Examiner Editor and Wing Luke Museum Director Ron Chew was profiled by Mike Dillon regarding his new book entitled “Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes: The Legacy of Filipino American Labor Activism” published by the Alaskero Foundation with the UW Press in the March 28 issue of Seattle City Living. Go to www.CityLivingSeattle.com for details.

The Washington Lawyers for the Arts present a talk by Robert Cumbow entitled “Rights of Publicity” set for Wednesday, April 11 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. At Perkins Coie at 1201 Third Ave., Suite 4800 in Seattle. To register, call (800) 838-3006. Visit thewla.org or call (206) 328-7053 for more information.

Seattle-area teenagers are invited to apply to the YMCA’s Global Teens Program which has programs in Columbia, Japan, Senegal or Taiwan. For details, call Monica Quill Kusakabe at (206) 382-4362.

Washington State artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Grants for Artists Projects (GAP). Each grant will provide support for individual artist projects up to $1,500 per project. There will be a free workshop on how to apply on April 25. Go to www.artisttrust.org for details on this and many other grants and opportunities.

Photographers are invited to apply for the exhibition “Where Are We Going? – Our Destiny Through the Eyes of Photojournalists” (Exhibit dates are set from May 18 – June 29.) Submission deadline is April 30, 2012.C Art Gallery at 855 Hiawatha Place South in Seattle. Email: [email protected] for details.

Lead Pencil Studio (the artist/architectural team of Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo) was commissioned through a national call-to-artists program, organized by STart & Sound Transit Public Art Program to create public art at Sound Transit’s future Brooklyn Link Light Rail Station in Seattle’s “U” District. For details, go to www.soundtransit.org/start.

Photo Center Northwest is busy. “Long Shot – 24 hours , Hundreds of Photographers, One Photo Center” is a 24-hour marathon set for June 1 – 2 and the exhibit of the results set for July 28. Also a call for entries for their 17th Annual Photo  Competition Exhibition with juror W. M. Hunt with a deadline of May 18. And finally two Printing Sponsorships for 2012 are offered which includes 100 hours of free printing. Deadline for that is May 1. For details on all of these and their programs and classes, go to pcnw.org or call (206) 720-7222.

Lisa Hasegawa, Boyd Sugiki, Romson Regarde Bustillo, Kamla Kakaria and Tina Koyama are just some of the talented local artists  listed as teaching at Pratt Fine Arts Center ‘s Spring 2012 sessions. If you want to see a schedule or more information on how to sign up, go to www.pratt.org.

Seattle Metals Guild sponsors a program called “The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project”. The Guild collects used jewelry which is cleaned and repaired and then passed on to women in shelters and the Dress for Success program at the YWCA. Donations can be made at the Bellevue Arts Museum at (425) 519-0770 and Seattle Art Museum at (206) 654-3100.

Columbia City Gallery is an artist-run collective that represents over 30 local multi-media artists. The space has a Guest Gallery which showcases artists that reflect an ethnically diverse neighborhood. Do you have a great exhibit idea to propose or need more information, email:  [email protected] or Lauren Davis at [email protected].

Poets & Writers’ Readings/Workshops Program offers small grants for literary events taking place in Seattle and covers writers’ fees for public readings and workshops. Go to www.pw.org funding for details.

“Enemies of The People,” the award-winning documentary film by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath that  interviews living architects of the “Killing Fields” is now available on DVD with additional footage and extras. Go to [email protected] for details.

Novelist Julie Otsuka won the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for her latest novel. It was selected from over 350 submitted works.

Artist residencies in Italy available for a one-month stay at la Macina de San Cresci. Deadline is April 10, 2012. Go to www.bit.ly/Ajpouf for details.

Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians can apply for this Art and Ecology’s Artist-in-Residency offering up to 3 ½ months stay in Sitka, Alaska. Go to www.bit.ly/ha9p4C for details. Deadline of April 20, 2012.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Grants support small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Go to www.bit.ly/zQBw66 for details. Deadline is May 24, 2012.

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