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Monday, October 5, 2020

UPDATE: Caltrans: Copyright Contract Grants Rights to Artists

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2020 at 5:39 PM

UPDATE:

The Journal has received clarification from Caltrans spokesperson Myles Cochran on the language and intent of the contract it sent to artists who painted Caltrans utility boxes as part of the Eureka Box Art program in 2018, stating that it in fact grants all control and ownership of the artwork to the artists.

While page 4 of the document reads, with bracketed text by the Journal, “ASSIGNOR [the artist] hereby conveys, transfers and irrevocably assigns to ASSIGNEE [Caltrans] all of ASSIGNOR’s Copyright Ownership rights, title and interests in the Final Artwork,” those rights appear to return to the artist on page 6. There it reads, “ASSIGNEE [Caltrans] grants to ASSIGNOR [the artist], pursuant to this Agreement, a perpetual, exclusive, worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, royalty-free license to use and exploit the Final Artwork, including in its Preliminary Works and final Material Object form.”

As to why the contract is necessary, Cochran further explained that aside from the need to repair and maintain the boxes, “the agreement also protects taxpayers from liability costs in cases such as a collision ruining a utility box, or, say Caltrans wants to post a picture regarding upcoming road work and there's some beautiful art in the picture, we can do that.” He also added that concerned artists can contact Caltrans for a detailed explanation of the contract and its purpose.

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A number of artists who painted utility boxes along Broadway, Fourth and Fifth streets in Eureka as part of a the Eureka Box Art program in 2018 have received emails from Caltrans asking them to sign over the copyright to their work. The request includes no further compensation and no clear explanation of why Caltrans wants copyright ownership. For some artists that offers little motivation to sign.
Blake Reagan's utility box painting on Fourth and F streets. - FILE
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  • Blake Reagan's utility box painting on Fourth and F streets.
Blake Reagan, whose floral design sits at the corner of Fourth and F streets, was paid a $500 stipend for labor and materials two years ago when he spent four days painting the box. Not that he was in it for the money. “It was definitely not a profitable job. It was an opportunity to do some live public art,” he says. At that time there was no mention of a copyright agreement. He received the email through the city of Eureka a couple days ago and is still looking it over.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

HSU Lecturer's Photo on NYT Magazine Cover

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 12:46 PM

If you were clutching the pages of the New York Times Magazine's education issue this week or racking up screen time reading it online to learn about what's going on in schools and homes amid the pandemic across the U.S., you might have seen some local photography. The deceptively soothing cover image of a child at a backyard desk, as well as a few inside photos, is by Humboldt State University art department's lecturer Dave Woody. The department's Instagram shared the image yesterday.


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Friday, September 4, 2020

Record Your Music at the Morris Graves Museum

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2020 at 4:08 PM

If a small studio seems dodgy for recording with your band right now, the Morris Graves Museum of Art has another option for you: the free use of its beautiful rotunda, where you and your bandmates can spread out and enjoy the acoustics. And you can use your recording to do a little virtual busking with the Journal.
Mr. Moonbeam at the MGMA. - COURTESY OF THE MORRIS GRAVES MUSEUM OF ART
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  • Mr. Moonbeam at the MGMA.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Playhouse Arts/equity arcata Present "Art on the Fence"

Posted By on Sun, Aug 16, 2020 at 2:24 PM

Artist Aundrea All'Love Stuckey
  • Artist Aundrea All'Love Stuckey
A press release from equity arcata’s JustArts working group announced that the organization has partnered with Playhouse Arts and the City of Arcata to present "Art on the Fence," a public art exhibition of BIPOC and white community artists in Arcata.

The public can check out artists' works, currently presented on plywood panels at the Arcata Ballpark fence, located at 888 F St.

Art on the Fence Installation
  • Art on the Fence Installation

For more on the exhibition, read the press release below:

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Winners of This Year's Dispersed Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2020 at 4:19 PM

Friends of the Dunes 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival Best of Show winner: “Humboldt High Fortress” by Team Maximum Wattage - FRIENDS OF THE DUNES
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  • Friends of the Dunes 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival Best of Show winner: “Humboldt High Fortress” by Team Maximum Wattage
Friends of the Dunes has announced the winners of the 25th Annual Sand Sculpture Festival. Although COVID-19 altered the festival to be more dispersed, the sculptors came through with loads of creativity.

Eighteen teams entered this year's festival hoping to win one of the few titles of Best of Show, Most Imaginative, Most Dedicated Diggers, Most Photogenic, Staff Pick, People’s Choice, and the Golden Shovel Award.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

KMUD Accepting Submissions for Virtual Talent Show

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2020 at 10:20 AM

DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio. - PHOTO BY ERICA BOTKIN
  • Photo by Erica Botkin
  • DJ Lisa Luv of KMUD Redwood Community Radio.
KMUD Redwood Community Radio is now accepting submissions for its first ever Virtual Talent Show.

Children and adults who reside in Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Mendocino counties who want to share their talent (and perhaps win a prize) are encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted between July 20 and Aug. 2.

KMUD will post the Virtual Talent Show for viewing and voting on Aug. 10. Go to www.kmud.org, KMUD’s Instagram @kmudradio, KMUD’s Twitter @kmud or KMUD’s Facebook page to enter.

For more information, email kmudkeenav@gmail.com.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Eureka's Clarke Historical Museum to Reopen July 8

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 2:20 PM

Clarke Historical Museum - SUBMITTED
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  • Clarke Historical Museum
Humboldt County's distinguished history will be back on display at the Clarke Museum starting July 8. Tucked into the Bank of Eureka within the city's Old Town, the museum features exhibits on Native American art ans cultures, the Gold Rush and the county's lumber, agricultural and fishing industries.

The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, with a few procedural changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks must be worn by visitors and staff while inside the museum. Visitors must stay on a marked route and at least 6 feet away from others who are not part of their group. "High traffic" surfaces will be cleaned regularly and hand sanitizer will be ubiquitous.
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Morris Graves Museum of Art to Reopen July 22

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 12:30 PM

"At this extraordinary moment in time, we believe that the need for art has never been greater," a press release from Humboldt Arts Council, owner and operator of the Morris Graves Museum of Art, states. "We believe in its ability to lift people up, and to give them hope, comfort and strength."

The Morris Graves Museum of Art. - PHOTO BY TERRENCE MCNALLY
  • Photo by Terrence McNally
  • The Morris Graves Museum of Art.
In that spirit, the art museum will reopen to the public on July 22.

According to the release, precautions have been taken "to create a clean, comfortable and enjoyable visit," including hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the museum and a rigorous cleaning schedule. Both staff and visitors are required to wear face masks while inside the art museum.

For more information and a schedule of exhibitions, see the press releases below:

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Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Mateel Presents Summer Arts Video Tribute on YouTube

Posted By on Sun, Jun 7, 2020 at 5:09 PM

Missing the Summer Arts and Music Festival this year? You're not alone. The beloved two-day event, typically presented the first weekend in June for the last 44 years, was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for June 6 and 7, 2020, the event sees the Benbow State Recreation Area moving and grooving with throngs of art and music lovers and ushers in summer in the redwoods. It is a Southern Humboldt institution and one of the largest fundraisers for the Mateel Community Center with big musical acts, dozens of food, art and craft vendors, dance performances, health and wellness areas, kids' activities and more. Its cancellation is a big loss for the center and the community.

Even though this year's event has been cancelled, the Mateel Community Center has made it so SAMF revelers can reminisce about the good times and hopefully still get their fix. The Mateel is presenting a video tribute of Summer Arts and Music Festivals from years past on its YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/mateelcc or at mateel.org.  The tribute includes over two dozen artists including The Real Sarahs, Durand Jones & the Indications, Garbervillle Town Band, Jah9, Delhi 2 Dublin, Lost Coast Marimbas, Afrolicious, Candelaria, John Popper & Object Heavy, Carolyn Wonderland, Brothers Comatose, Motherlode featuring Fred Wesley and Nakho & Medicine for the People.


In a press release about the tribute, Mateel Community Center Board of Directors and staff had this message: "We look forward to the time when we can celebrate together again and hug and love one another. If you’re not already a member please support us and become one, or if you would like to give a donation, we would be very honored to receive it, please visit our website at mateel.org. ... The Mateel will be open as soon as we can. Enjoy, be happy, be well, be love
and be the change we wish to see in the world."
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

See What's New at the Clarke Museum ... Virtually

Posted By on Sun, May 31, 2020 at 5:14 PM

The Clarke Museum is closed due to COVID-19, but lovers of local stories, artifacts and history can still step inside the museum virtually. Visitors to the museum's website can explore the museum's permanent collections and current exhibits  such as — “Immigration Expulsion Homecoming: The Legacy of the Chinese Expulsion in Humboldt County” in the Main Hall and “Women's Ceremonial Dresses: From Long Ago to Today” and “When Designs Escaped Baskets” in Nealis Hall — through photos and descriptions. The website also has new digital content such as live Q+As with curators, virtual tours, Ask the Curator and Behind the Scenes looks with museum staff and volunteers.

Since the museum is closed to the public, its stewards are asking those who enjoy the museum’s online content to send a few dollars museum’s way or, better yet, become a member. There are links to both options on the website. Visit www.clarkemuseum.org for more information.
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