#ARLIS2017 Conference Plus!

Hello ARLISians,

If you are lucky enough to be in town early for the conference, on Saturday night (February 4) there will be a photography exhibit opening of Eli Mergel’s work. He is the photographer for our conference, and all are welcome to attend.

It’s at the Jazz and Heritage Gallery / 1205 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA from 6-9pm.

Jazz and Heritage Announcement: http://www.jazzandheritage.org/events/class-got-brass-photography-exhibit

Go and enjoy!

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 Publicity Coordinator

Final Call for #ARLIS2017 Tours

Only two weeks until the conference, and tours are filling up fast! If you are already registered and want to add a tour, you can call ARLIS/NA HQ at 414-908-4954 ext 116 to pay over the phone or email registration@arlisna.org.

The last tour we are going to highlight is a very special opportunity to tour the Backstreet Cultural Museum in the Tremé neighborhood with Museum founder Sylvester Francis. The Museum officially opened its doors in 1999, however it really began in the 1980’s when Mr. Francis began documenting Carnival celebrations, jazz funerals, and second-line parades throughout New Orleans. He would often give copies of the photographs he took to the people they documented. In thanks, many of them donated their Mardi Gras Indian costumes as well as an array of other memorabilia. These artifacts now make up the bulk of the Museum’s collection.

Our tour will last an hour, and transportation will be provided. However, participants are encouraged to stay in Tremé to explore Armstrong Park with it’s historic Congo Square or the St. Augustine Church, founded in 1841 by free African Americans, both right across the street from the museum.

  • Time: 10:00-11:30am
  • Cost: $40 (includes transportation)

Don’t forget that Monday, January 23 is the last day for advanced registration. After that there will be on-site registration only, February 5-9.

Lindsey Reynolds, ARLIS/NA 2017 Tours Co-Coordinator

 

#ARLIS2017: Spotlight on Instruction and Collections Workshops

Happy New Year and welcome to another spotlight on ARLIS/NA New Orleans Conference Workshops! Today, we will look at a set of workshops that will help you enhance your skills with building collections and with meeting the needs of visual arts researchers.

Getting Started with Web Archiving answers the increasingly pressing need faced by art information professionals to collect, preserve, and provide access to valuable born-digital materials. Workshop facilitators will provide participants with help in getting started with such projects, often the most difficult part of the process. During the 2-hour workshop, attendees will be provided with the opportunity to review precedents, draft action plans, and get their hands dirty with some existing technologies. The cost of this workshop is $25.

Next, Teaching Fair Use to Arts Researchers, will likewise provide participants with the tools they need for supporting another pressing need faced by art librarians and information professionals. This 2-hour workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of fair use issues, how to apply knowledge of fair use and integrate it with library instruction, and how to (legally) address questions surrounding fair use law. Participants will also have the opportunity to work through materials from the ARLIS/NA Fair Use Instructional Materials project, which will focus on hands-on learning, example presentations, interactive exercises, group activities, and much more. The cost of this workshop is $40.

Finally, this year’s Postcards from the Edge workshop: Mardi Gras Culture and Costume from the Old World to the New World, is a shouldn’t-be-missed opportunity to learn more about Mardi Gras, carnival, and festival culture right where it all happens. Attendees at this almost 4-hour workshop will become immersed in the sights, sounds, and captivating resources that make up the unique histories of festivals. The site of the workshop – the Louisiana State Museum – is particularly notable for its collections on Mardi Gras. The workshop will also be led by local experts – 2 historians and a Mardi Gras artist. The resources discussed at this workshop will also be of wider interest to those who study and support art history, craft, performance, music, costume, and cultural history, among other disciplines. The fee for this unique experience is $30.

Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities!

Kristina Keough, Workshops Coordinator