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Tearing It Down: Austin’s Castle Hill approved for relocation

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With its unfinished foundation from the 1980’s, Austin’s famous ‘Castle Hill’ is facing demolition after a unanimous vote to clear out the Graffiti Park. The park has been a local attraction since 2007 when it was approved for public use. The graffiti park has many visitors each day from locals and tourists, being especially busy…

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The Polaris Mess presents: Hello, hallway – students liberated from classroom environment reflect on the diverse learning experience

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Facing a steady increase in both the student population and the number of rodent-infested classrooms, Ann Richards Stars have intrepidly taken their education to the streets, or, more specifically, the hallways. Hallway classrooms have become a new craze, possibly signaling the twilight of the time-honored ARS tradition: the ‘traveling classroom’. Some have referred to the…

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It’s a muracle: ARS welcomes new wall art

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Junior Jurnee Jackson has created a portable mural that invites students and staff to complete the sentence “My legacy is…” As member of the Ann Richards Service Unicorns, Jackson is working on a personal service project that connects communities through art. “I was inspired by the ‘Before I die’ wall in Louisiana, it’s the same…

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Hearing in color: ARS students polled for synesthesia

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Can you taste certain words? Do you hear colors? No matter what senses may mix in your mind, it can be safely said that if you experience two or more different senses from the same stimulus, you are likely synesthetic! Don’t worry, it’s not contagious. Synesthesia is a neurological condition that, literally translated from Greek,…

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Imagine, invent, improve: Photo gallery of VASE pieces

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On February 25, 2017, 35 ARS students competed in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE) at San Marcos high school. VASE is a competition in which students enter art pieces to be judged on a scale of one to four, with four being the highest. Fifty-one art pieces ranging from traditional drawings, sculptures, or digital art were entered into the competition…

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Ready, Set, Create: Students prepare for VASE competition

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Visual Arts Scholastic Event, otherwise known as VASE, is a competition in which students enter art pieces to be judged on a scale of 1-4 (four being the highest). Art pieces in the competition range from traditional drawings, sculptures, or digital art. There are different competitions for elementary (TEAM), middle (Junior VASE), and high school…

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Penciled in: Art students create calendar for fundraiser

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Starting this week, and until the end of the semester, the Ann Richards Art Department is selling student-made calendars for a supply fund. “The whole calendar is one hundred percent student designed,” art teacher Mr. Matt Smith said. The theme of this year’s calendar is “Warriors,” and Mr. Smith encouraged the students to include women…

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Art from the Streets: A look at the annual homeless art show and sale

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This past weekend, Nov 19th and 20th 2016, the Austin Convention Center hosted Art from the Streets, a local nonprofit organization supporting homeless artists. Art from the Streets provides the homeless in Austin with a place to make art, and then display and sell it at an annual show and sale Art from the Streets…

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Pancake Artists: First Annual ARS Pancake Art Breakfast and Art Supply Swap

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New year, new music: 16 Artists to Listen to in 2016

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Every year someone new pops up on the scene trying to steal the number spot on the charts. Last year, it was Halsey. In 2012, it was One Direction. This year, there is no telling who will be the next big artist. However, many new artists are emerging and slowly growing bigger fanbases. The following…

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The Blanton Museum of Art exhibits Latin American design

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In English, ‘modern’, is a word synonymous with sleek, stylish, new. But, in Central and South America of the 1940s, the word ‘moderno’ was about more than looks– it symbolized the promise and freedom of the future. Spared from the ravages of the Second World War, many Latin American countries thrived in the 1940s after…

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DRIB Takes Flight: Mysterious Bird Graffiti Migrates Across Austin

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For many artists, graffiti is a chance to say what they want and for their work to be seen. However, graffiti straddles a fine line between “street art” and “vandalism,” and has plagued the US with debates and legislation for decades. Many cities have designated walls for artists to graffiti on; in Austin, we have…

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