The Creative Oasis: Youth Art Project MAKES IT HAPPEN!!! Part I

I consider serving my community as an obligation for making a living here. It’s doing my part to contribute to the sustainability of the community AND conservation of the culture.

Whatever sings to you DO IT…TODAY!!! I will confess I had NO IDEA what I was doing, but I was compelled and for the FIRST TIME, I REEEEEALLY followed through with a BIG project of my own AND had measurable success. The reward was in the service to the underprivileged and at-risk youth of New Bedford, BUT also in creating a KICK-ASS team of artists and young people. There was PLENTY of joy in seeing what the CREATIVE OASIS: YOUTH ARTS PROJECT meant to those who needed it!

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CLOTHING OPTIONAL EXHIBITION / DRAWN OUT OF LIFE FUNDRAISER

The month of April is going to be a busy month for the HUSTLE FOOT CLAN. Kicking off the month of April will be Gallery X’s CLOTHING OPTIONAL EXHIBITION and the DRAWN OUT OF LIFE Fundraiser! BOTH will be taking place Saturday April 9th! Closing out the month from Monday, April 18th – Friday 22nd, will be the CREATIVE OASIS: YOUTH ART PROJECT, where local artists will be teaching fine arts to the youth of New Bedford for FREE!!! This program is being implemented to offer creative and constructive options for the youth. Any time in the street is ENOUGH time to get in trouble.

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Protect Your Hustle at ALL COSTS!!!

I don’t care WHAT kind of start you had to this year OR how you ended the last…the HUSTLE is the same. So we CAN’T STOP!!! I’m not, and I’m only draggin’ folks for so long till I GOTTA GO!!! It’s ALL about the FLASH these days for me! I FEEL the Speed Force in me, with all the crackling lightening coursing through and around me! I can’t stay still…I CAN’T!!! The Hustle I speak of is the urgent need to fulfill a purpose, the one you were meant for. The side effects are the acute need to serve your purpose above yourself, and intelligently stride towards goals that light a path so you don’t have to slow down aka The Hustle Foot. The now embedded  lesson learned last year in reflection was to guard the momentum of the Hustle generated. NOW you’re playing with POWER!!!

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THANKS FOR THE LOVE, HAPPY PEOPLE!!! Happy Birthday to ME!!!

Hello, My Name Is Fitzcarmel Manuel LaMarre. I’m a local artist in the LOVELY City of New Bedford, MA. I’m a transplant from California by way of Miami, Florida. Today is the day Gladys Kerlegrand brought me into this world…here in Massachusetts. I was drawn here by the NEED to be closer to Family. My grandmother’s 100th birthday party swayed me. Also, since my daughter graduated high school and went back to Florida for nursing school (and family) I didn’t want to be alone without family. Instincts were right and we laid grandma to rest last year at 102.5. My father Carmelo rounds it up.

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RAIDERS of the LOST ARTS II – JOURNEY to ATLANTIS (RECAP)

ALL said and done…I’M HAPPY!!! The turn out was GREAT, so far some of Nik Ukleja and Suzanna Blake’s artwork sold which is REALLY the goal of these exhibitions! I enjoy showcasing art through curating and seeing the FRESH pieces, but uniting appreciation and support for an artist’s work is a GREAT FEELING!!! There were MANY familiar faces but I LOVE seeing NEW ones, ESPECIALLY those I invite!

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RAIDERS of the LOST ARTS II – JOURNEY to ATLANTIS (Part Two)

So, here we are. Wondering how this weather is STILL so GREAT!!! It’s HARD to believe we’re getting what we deserve after last year’s GREAT WHITEOUT!!! I DO NOT think this is what the Farmer’s Almanac predicted, but I’m not mad at it! Drumming the curse away must have some GREAT residual after effects, in conjunction with the portal to the Lost City we’re holding open for ALL of New Bedford and ALL this message will reach to see! We invite you to Gallery X‘s FIRST show of the year RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTS: JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS!!! This Saturday February 6th at 7 p.m. be prepared to view some exquisite eclectic flavor with this Atlantean display. Many of the pieces are FOR SALE (relatively curse free)!!! This time YOU are the RAIDERS!!!

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Magisto and Social Media

I feel like the first person who carved and rolled a wheel down a hill, and then disappear into the forest. I know I can do it again…but how can I spin this into something BIGGER? I have a video on Magisto that RAPIDLY hit what I guess you could call mildly viral status in a few short days! To watch the exponential climb of numbers, just over a nights sleep was/is AMAZING!!! The BEST part is that all the views, shares and likes were for something I LOVE doing! The workshop in December with the youth from Southcoast Health’s R.A.P.P.P.  Program* was based on the art of giving as well as creating the art. It was the gift that keeps on giving! As of today it’s at 4,350 views!

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The Grant is FUNDED!!! The Creative Oasis: Youth Arts Project Will be SPRINGING UP!!!

For weeks I’ve been holding on to confidential info about the grants and scoring on December 14th, 2015 for the New Bedford Cultural Council (NBCC). I’m not much of a fan of having to keep ANYTHING bottled in…especially GREAT NEWS!!! I’ve been more giddy than anything. But NOW is the time! The CREATIVE OASIS: YOUTH ARTS PROJECT grant I submitted (offering FREE art sessions in New Bedford) HAS BEEN FUNDED!!! At this time I have yet to ask where my grant landed in the grand scheme of the numbers. All I know is it sounded like it received high scores from my fellow council members. I had to recuse myself from voting on my own and a few of the ones related to the Renaissance Community School For The Arts, of course. What I didn’t know was that I’d find out how much the grants would be receiving in funding. THAT’S when I perked up again!

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Creative Oasis – Call For Art Instructors!!! PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE 02/29/16

‪The Creative Oasis: Youth Arts Project will operate during the Spring holiday break of 2016, in New Bedford, Massachusetts this April 18th-22nd. There will be several 1 1/2 hour art activities between 11am-5pm. (11am-12:30pm, 1pm-2:30pm, 2:45pm – 4:15pm) at our three locations.

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RAIDERS of the LOST ARTS II – JOURNEY to ATLANTIS (Part One)

This year, The X will be submerged into an enchanted underwater realm. It’s the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARTS II JOURNEY TO ATLANTIS!!! With help from a cursed painting “The Way To Lakshimi’s Heart” the members have opened a gateway to ATLANTIS! On Saturday, February 6th, 2016, join us in our first show of the year! View the arts of the Lost City before the portal closes!

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