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A Chinese brush painting of bamboo.
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The Year of the Monkey is upon us. While there are many ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year, WABE started with a lesson in the traditional art of Chinese brush painting. 

For artist Henry Li, Chinese brush painting is an art of meditation and patience.

Commentary: Arts Funding For All Vital To Atlanta

Dec 14, 2015
Nervous System

The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund held its annual meeting in December, when it gave away $1 million in grants to 12 arts groups.

The fund has been instrumental in stabilizing Atlanta's small- and mid-sized arts organizations.

Twenty-two years ago, the Atlanta Arts community was split between the haves and the have-nots.  There was the Woodruff Arts Center and then … everyone else.

To balance the scales the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund was launched in 1993, and to date, it has given out more than $11 million to promote the arts at all levels.

Courtesy of Georgia Tech

Albert Einstein is the newest face on Georgia Tech's campus. 

Georgia Tech dedicated the statue Friday on the northwest corner of Tech Green near the Atlantic Promenade.

The school raised $1.5 million in private donations to purchase and bring the 3,500-pound bronze statue of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist to Atlanta from New York. 

Provost Rafael Bras said it’s part of a campaign to integrate the arts with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education at Georgia Tech. 

10th Annual Decatur Book Festival Schedule Released

Jul 28, 2015
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Bookworms get ready.

On Tuesday, the full schedule was released for the 10th annual Decatur Book Festival, sponsored by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The theme for this year’s festival, which take place Sept. 4-6 in downtown Decatur, is “Read Different,” urging book lovers to “read beyond what you normally do,” especially as it relates to race, gender, form and genre.

Courtesy of Alliance Theatre

The Woodruff Foundation has awarded a $38 million grant to the Woodruff Arts Center.  They say it will go to support a range of artistic, educational and capital improvements across the Woodruff Campus. It is the is the largest gift in the organization’s 46-year history. 

A good portion of the funds will go to the Alliance Theatre, as WABE's David Barasoain explained to host John Lemley on City Cafe today.  

You can read the whole press release about the grant here.