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Gladewater: Making New From Old - the heritage tourism revival of a rural, Texas town.

Kelly Snowden's case study for The Daily Yonder, 2 August, of the heritage tourism-lead revival of a rural Texas former oil-town through antique shops and special events. She also examines the town's plans to deal with the out-migration of young people and the issue of further economic diversification:

Drive through just about any small town, anywhere, and in addition to the convenience stores, churches and funeral home, you will probably see at least one antique store. To paraphrase Repo Man, "Every town has one.” 


Menindee School Art Program creating links for students

This story from Stateline NSW, 3 December. 2010, tells how Menindee Central School students working under the tutelage of Rick Ball, the artist in residence at the school, have benefited from the opportunities of the art program including the chance to sell their artwork in Lindfield.

Watch 'Students learn about urban life' from ABC Broken Hill.


75 Abandoned Theaters from the USA

Matt Stopera at BuzzFeed posts images of empty US theatres. Their state of decline ironically underlined by sumptuous, deco picture palace titles - the 'Queen' of Honolulu, the 'Baronet' of Asbury Park and Cairo's 'Gem'.  The not-so 'Grand' in Dawson, (de-)'Nile' in Bakersfield and Odessa's less-than-great 'Scott', all as empty as Effingham's 'Heart'.

Reader comments include:

By the time I had scrolled down to around #6 I started to feel an overwhelming sadness, as if we are in Planet of the Apes,


Don't File It, Use It: podcast of panel on arts research at 2010 Regional Arts Australia conference

This discussion covers the use of research as a practical tool for advocacy and the role of research in shaping and guiding cultural policy at a local level. It will also look at some practical hints to help you use the available research to better argue your case rather than just filing it.

Don't File It, Use It: How Research Can Help Me panel at the Regional Arts Australia Junction Conference, Launceston, 28 August 2010.


The Outhouse Storycatcher @ Junction 2010

In August 2010, the Outhouse Storybooth appeared at Junction 2010, the Regional Arts Australia National Conference in Launceston, Tasmania.  Situated in Civic Square, the video booth enabled over 200 people to 'interview' themselves through a series of open questions.


A Street Art Map of the World?

Street Art Utopia is calling for all street art hippies to help them locate and describe the hundreds of street art images that have been uploaded to their Facebook Wall photos album.


From: A La Carte, Artistic maps elucidate the essential subjectivity of cartography

By Alexander E. Traub, The Harvard Crimson, 2 November 2010:


Yabby Racing in Menindee

It's Spring Carnival for yabbies at Menindee's Albermale Hotel on 30 October with yabby racing, live music and entertainment and food from 4pm as part of the town's Fishing Competition.

'Thoroughbred' yabbies will be auctioned before each race with their new owners having the chance to win their share of a prize pool for the top three placed yabbies.


The Desk, Taking A Look At The Desks of Creative People

A short film directed by Mark Gardner and presented by Intelligent Life Productions and Lexus that looks at the desks of creative people; examining the relationship between the worker and the desk and how this reflects on personality and habits.

Desk - Music and Sound Design from Aaron Trinder Film:Motion:Music on Vimeo.


Outhouse in Wilcannia: Bush Telegraph Segment

Bush Telegraph, ABC Radio National:  6 October, 2010

The wild west is storyteller heaven and Wilcannia is playing host to the Outhouse Storycatcher project.

It's a project that sets out to improve cultural planning, tourism and policymaking in regional centres.



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