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2016: A Good Year for the Arts Update

You may recall I suggested in my January 1st post that this should be a year for the arts, to help us understand each other and deal with the challenges we are facing.

(See the original post at http://www.lynnlovegreen.com/2016-a-good-year-for-the-arts/.)

I thought I’d check in and let you know how I’m doing so far, to keep me honest and encourage readers to honor their own commitment to the arts. Here’s what I’ve been up to so far:

I finished one novel and read another. In Four Weddings and a Fireman, a romance by the heartwarming Jennifer Bernard, I thought about Vader’s character and how all of us have layers we don’t show to everyone. In Dramarama, a YA novel by the witty e. lockhart, I related to the crazy, funny drama kids that reminded me of the ones I hung out with at school, but I also saw what gay teens might go through after Demi’s first experience with love. I think both books helped me grow a bit in my understanding of my fellow humans, which is one of the reasons I read fiction. If you’d like to see my Goodreads page and talk more about books, please friend or follow me at

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7429330.Lynn_Lovegreen.

I saw a film documentary also, Amy J. Berg’s Janis: Little Girl Blue about Janis Joplin. I have always admired Joplin’s music, but didn’t know much about her, so this was an eye-opening experience for me. Gosh, she was talented, and I wish we’d been able to have more time with her. The film gave me a better feel for that time period and Joplin as a person and an artist. I think I “get” her more now.

Also, I want to give a shoutout to the Rasmuson Foundation for their $12 million grant for an expansion of the Anchorage Museum. I look forward to seeing my favorite Laurence and Machetanz paintings more often when it is completed.

Links:

Four Weddings and a Fireman:

http://jenniferbernard.net/four-weddings-and-a-fireman.php

Dramarama: http://www.emilylockhart.com/books/dramarama

Janis: Little Girl Blue IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3707114/

Foundation makes largest grant in its history for museum expansion:

http://www.rasmuson.org/news/foundation-makes-largest-grant-in-its-history-for-museum-expansion/

How have you engaged with the arts this year, or why are they important to you?

I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.

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