How to Art Hack Your City’s Reputation for Gloomy Weather


This street art project in Seattle uses invisible sidewalk ink.

It only appears when there’s rain.



“It’s sort of the ideal Seattle art. It’s going to rain no matter what. Why not do something cool with it?”

Local magician Peregrine Church has created 25 to 30 such “rainworks” around town, with more to come. He hopes the sidewalk messages will bring a little cheer to people who are sick of the blah weather.

To write their messages, Church and his friend Xack Fischer spray a biodegradable, environment-friendly, water-repellant coating onto the sidewalk through a stencil. When it rains, the surrounding concrete gets wet, but the sprayed bit of concrete stays dry.

Inspired? Here’s a two-minute explainer on how to make your own Rainwork.

h/t Citylab, @Tanvim


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Throwback Thursday- The Prohibition

Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History

Now at American Museum of National History

Exhibit runs through January 10, 2016

photoEsslinger’s Repeal Beer Label

(NARA ID: 7788303Since the first European settlers arrived, Americans have enjoyed a drink. At times, many of us have enjoyed a lot of drinks. But other Americans, fearing the harm alcohol could do to society and to individuals, have tried to limit or even stop our drinking defining when and where we could consume alcohol.

photoClose the Saloons!

(NARA ID: 16647175)These two, different views of alcoholic beverages run throughout American history. Sometimes they have existed in relative peace; at other times they have been at war. “Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History” uses National Archives documents and artifacts to show how government programs and policies changed over time and to illustrate the wide variety of views Americans hold about alcohol. The stories they tell echo today’s debates on regulation of drinking and the legalization of drugs.

Google Art Project to Host Art Talk: History from the Women’s Perspective

“New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience”

Join a live #ArtTalk  with the National Women’s History Museum about History from the Women’s Perspective!
History is full of exciting stories about interesting people who achieved amazing things. All too often, however, the popular narrative has not included women. Using National Women’s History Museum’s newest exhibit on the Google Cultural Institute “New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience”, we’ll discuss how to incorporate women’s perspectives into historical stories.

Browse through the online exhibit  and submit questions prior to the event!

3-23-15, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
Hangouts On Air – Broadcast for free
RSVP here

Educators and Creatives: FiftyThree to Launch Think Kit for Paper. They’re also hiring!

Makers of Paper, Pencil & Mix to Offer Think Kit

New tool for Pencil users allows creatives, communicators and educators to quickly create diagrams, charts, and presentation sketches. As an added bonus, jobs are created.

Continue reading Educators and Creatives: FiftyThree to Launch Think Kit for Paper. They’re also hiring!

PBS, Independent Lens Invite Story Submissions for National Broadcast TV


Don’t miss the deadline: Monday October 15, 2012

Read the Independent Lens Submissions FAQ >>

Independent Lens is a film festival in your living room. Since 2003, Independent Lens has presented more than 300 films to public television audiences. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series is broadcast on the PBS national schedule on Monday nights at 10pm. Independent Lens is the largest showcase for independent documentaries anywhere on U.S. television, premiering 22 new films each season. The series is curated jointly by ITVS and PBS.

Independent Lens is currently seeking submissions of completed or near completed programs for broadcast during the October 2013 – June 2014 season.

Independent Lens films are often character driven stories, and are known for compelling storytelling, innovation, and diversity. Independent Lens welcomes individual expression and is committed to presenting diverse points of view, on topics suited for a national audience.

When selecting programs, Independent Lens considers a range of factors, including the quality of the filmmaking, the timeliness of the story, and audience appeal. Programs should offer a fresh perspective, especially if the topic has been explored on other PBS series.

Independent Lens seeks to present the U.S. television broadcast premiere, however we will consider a work of special merit that has had very limited television exposure (such as broadcast on local public TV station).

Independent Lens does not accept instructional films, performance pieces, docudramas, reenactments, and programs with content better suited for another PBS series (PBS’s Nature presents nature programs, PBS’s NOVA presents science programs, etc.). If you have a question about eligibility, please email

FREE Concert to Help End Extreme Global Poverty

Actor Hosts Benefit for KY Crash Victim


Hometown heroes including Josh Hutcherson raise money for homecoming of 17 year old girl, now paralyzed from the waist down after a car crash in May 2012. We wish Abby Marsh and her family all the best. After all, it’s Florence Y’all! Read news coverage from NBC’s local affiliate, WLWT.