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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA, is the regional, pre-professional arts training center for high school students in Louisiana. NOCCA opened in 1973 as a professional arts training center for secondary school-age children. Located in New Orleans, it provides intensive instruction in culinary arts, creative writing, media arts, theatre arts, visual arts while demanding simultaneous academic excellence. NOCCA was founded by a group of artists, business leaders, community activists. Tuition is free to all Louisiana students. Students from over 100 public, private and home schools attend in the afternoon or late-day as well as Academic Studio students who attend NOCCA for the full day. Academic Studio students, accepted by a successful arts audition, learn through problem-solving and project-based learning. Students graduate from NOCCA receiving a TOPS University Diploma; every year, 95-98 % of NOCCA graduates go on to conservatory programs across the country. 80% of NOCCA students receive scholarships to pursue such higher education as well.

Graduates include Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick Jr. Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, Mary Catherine Garrison, Anthony Mackie, Wendell Pierce, Gary Solomon Jr. Jon Batiste, Joshua Stewart, Gustave Blache III, Nicole Cooley, Nicholas Payton, Trombone Shorty, Poppy Tooker, Terrance Osborne, Wanda Boudreaux and DJ Hollygrove of The Chopstars. In 2000, NOCCA moved to a campus in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. Before that, NOCCA was housed for many years in an old elementary school building on Perrier Street in Uptown New Orleans. NOCCA provides professional arts training and performance opportunities for high school level students who aspire to be creative artists. Recognizing the enrichment of society through the arts, NOCCA will continue development and implementation of a program of intensive instruction within the learning environment of an arts conservatory. At the center of the instruction program is the philosophy of artist/teacher as mentor; as practicing professionals in their fields, faculty members remain engaged in such activity at levels appropriate to the stage of their professional careers and in ways that benefit the quality of instruction at NOCCA.

NOCCA students receive pre-professional arts training in one of eleven different arts disciplines, additionally may participate in a full-day academic program, the Academic Studio. Classical Instrumental Music: Intensive individual and chamber music performance training is coupled with theory, ear training, music history and composition, along with personalized one-on-one training. Bert Braud was the original classical music head. Creative Writing: In classes concentrating on aesthetic quality and technique, students study novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, films in a variety of genres. Students discuss and analyze texts apply that knowledge to their own writing. Students write every day and are given exercises that encourage work, both imaginative and technically skilled. Students study works in depth, produce a literary magazine each year called Umbra. Culinary Arts: NOCCA's newest arts discipline, offers students a aggressive program in core skills. Dance: Students study dance history and undergo intensive group and individual training in ballet, modern and tap dance in preparation for careers in dance performance and choreography.

Drama: Students master vocal control, movement and improvisation as well as study in theatre history, criticism and technical production. Jazz: Students receive intensive training in traditional, bebop and free jazz idioms, they train on at least two instruments. Core music curriculum requirements include theory, ear-training, style history and piano; the jazz program was headed by noted New Orleans clarinetist Alvin Batiste before his death. Media Arts: The curriculum encompasses cinematography. Students train on industry-standard software programs in audio production. Musical Theatre combines technique in three disciplines: vocal music and dance; the curriculum covers music theory and musical theatre history. Theatre Design: The curriculum includes lighting, sound and scenic design; each requires training in computer assisted design software. Production roles, drafting, model making, the creation of design concepts through script analysis are all mastered in the course of staging eight to ten productions annually.

Visual Arts: Students are introduced to and trained in a range of media, including drawing, color theory, ceramics and digital photography, computer graphics, web design, metalworking, bronze casting, encaustic, digital animation and art history. Vocal music students master pr

Salak Selatan Komuter station

The Salak Selatan Komuter station is a KTM Komuter train station located near the township of Salak South, Kuala Lumpur. Facing the Salak Expressway off exit 2704 of the highway, the station is situated south from the old town of Salak South, about 400m apart; the station serves Seremban Line train services, but located along a four-lane railway, the station is in charge of managing railway switches and supports a small railway staff team. The station is linked to storage facilities for and management of machinery for track maintenance; the station, like many stations along the KTM Komuter lines, has only two platforms for northbound or southbound passengers. The SP13 Salak Selatan LRT station, located next to old Salak South, is situated 400m from the Komuter station, requiring the user leaving any of the two stations to walk along a stretch of road to reach the other station. Due to the distance between both stations, they are not integrated or regarded as connecting stations

The Whippoorwill

The Whippoorwill is the third studio album by American southern/country rock band Blackberry Smoke. It was released on August 14, 2012 through Southern Ground Records in the North America and on February 17, 2014 through Earache Records in Europe; the latter contained three additional live tracks. Charlie Starr - lead vocals, pedal steel, banjo. Richard Turner - bass guitar, vocals. Paul Jackson - guitar, vocals. Brandon Still - piano, organ. Brit Turner - drums, percussion. Clay Cook - percussion, harmonium. Matt Mangano - acoustic guitar. Maureen Murphy, Lo Carter, Kyla Jade - backing vocals. Sarah Dugas - backing vocals. Arnold McCuller -backing vocals. Blackberry Smoke, Clay Cook, Matt Mangano, Zac Brown - producers. Matt Wallace, Mike Fraser - mixing. Stephen Marcussen - mastering. Trey Wilson - production coordinator. Brit Turner - art direction. Justin Helton, Tim Pederson - cover design. David Stuart - photography; the album debuted on the Top Country Albums chart at No. 59 before their album's official release in August 2012, re-entered the chart 4 weeks at No.8 on its official release.

It debuted on Billboard 200 at No. 40 on its official release, as well as No. 10 on the Independent Albums chart and No. 12 on the Top Rock Albums chart. The album has sold 51,000 copies in the US as of October 2012; the album was released in the UK in February 2014, it debuted at No.30 on the UK album Top 100 chart and No. 1 on the UK Country Album Chart with 2,973 copies sold for the week

Sedge Island

Sedge Island is one of the Falkland archipelago. Something of an outlier, it is due north of the large island of West Falkland and to the east of the Jason Islands, it is north west of Saunders Island. It is low-lying and covered including the sedges which give it its name. In 1978, Sedge Island was owned by Walter "Wally" McBeth, who tried to settle there with his wife and two daughters, he planned to build a small airstrip for FIGAS but this did not happen. He did however set up an unsuccessful sheep farm, first with a hut that he floated onto the island, a prefabricated house, which has three bedrooms. In 1985, it was acquired by David Hawksworth, who has owned it since. Southby-Tailyour, Ewen - Falkland Island Shores

Vasily Romanenkov

Vasily Tikhonovich Romanenkov, was a Russian naïve artist of the Soviet and post-Soviet periods. Vasily Romanenkov was born in the village of Bogdanovka in Smolensk Oblast). In 1968 he graduated from 8-years school and moved to “Kosino” State farm near Moscow to live with his mother. There he apprenticed as a carpenter. In 1975 -- 1980 Romanenkov studied at ZNUI under N. Rotanov; the main feature of his art - a manner to draw with small strokes of different thicknesses, creating a kind of "moire" texture with the help of a pencil. Romanenkov tried to paint in oils, but on the advice of his teachers at ZNUI he engaged himself with the graphics, his first compositions, which he began to paint from the bottom, were distinguished with randomness of different shapes and patterns. His works became more structured and gained the cyclic format, thus consisting of three or more separate works, each with its internal frame, his cycles are devoted to Romanenkov's own biography, birth and death. Vasily Romanenkov is known in Russia and abroad.

He was awarded the Grand Prix at the International Triennial of Naive Art in Bratislava at 2004 and received an honorable mention of the jury at the same exhibition in 1994 and 1997. Evidence. Tsaritsyno State Museum, 1998 Naive Art. Vasily Romanenkov. From the collection of Ksenia Bogemskaya, Central House of Artists, Moscow, 2002 All-Union Exhibition of works of amateur artists, dedicated to the XVII Congress of Trade Unions, Moscow, 1982 Folk traditions, Moscow, 1986-1987 The image and perception, Moscow, 1990 Dream of Gold, Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 1992 Insita 94, 97, 2000, 2004 Naive Art of Russia, Moscow 1997, 1998 Wisdom is with the naive eyes, The Vasnetsov Brothers Art Museum, 1997 Naive art in the collection of K. Bogemskaya and A. Turchin, "Ark" exhibition hall, Moscow, 1998 Pushkin images, Moscow, 1999 Mastery of time, Gallery of the International University, Moscow, 2000 Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam, 1998 Naive art, 1998 Outsiders, Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam, 1999 Erste Begegnung, 1999 Russische Naieven vertellen, Museum de Stadshof, the Netherlands, 2000 Outsider's Art Fair, 2001-2004 Festnaiv’04 Art Manege Fair, Moscow, 2004 The Museum of everything, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, 2013 Outsider Art Fair, Paris, 2014 Art brut // collection abcd, Expo Collective Contemporaine, 2014-2015 Outsider Art Fair, Hôtel le A, Paris 2014 Tsaritsyno State Museum Charlotte Zander Museum, Germany Museum of Outsider Art, Moscow Museum of Naïve Art, Moscow Collection ABDC, Paris Collection Eternod-Mermod, Lausanne Vasily Romanenkov, Certificates, 1998 Amateurish art // Amateur art: A Short History, Saint Petersburg, 1999 Pushkin's images in the works of naive artists of Russia: Catalog / M. 1999.

Schloss Boennigheim, 1999. Whispers from the Universe: Vasiliy Romanenkov, Raw Vision #61 Outsiders, Galerie Hamer, Amsterdam, 1999 Raw Vision publications К. Богемская. Понять примитив. Самодеятельное, наивное и аутсайдерское искусство в XX веке. СПб.: Алетейя, 2001 К. Богемская. В. Романенков К. Богемская. Наивные художники России, СПб.:Алетейя, 2009