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Virtual: National Archives Presents The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity February 25

The Black family has been a topic of study across disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts, film, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. It has been described as a rich tapestry for exploring African Americans past and present and its complexity as the foundation of African American life and history. A panel will discuss these ideas and perspectives including family traditions, brothers and sisters, power couples, and community. Moderated by Ida E. Jones, University Archivist at Morgan State University, panelists include Alison Parker, author of Unceasing Militant: the Life of Mary Church Terrell; Darius Young, author of Robert R. Church Jr. and the African American Political Struggle; John Whittington Franklin and Karen Roberts Franklin, Franklin Global LLC, Managing Members; and Barbara Spencer Dunn, ASALH Vice President for Membership & Contributor and Member of the Black History 365 (BH365) Professional Development Team.

SOURCE: https://www.archives.gov

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Virtual: Herbalism: Beyond the Basics Class Beginning February 17

Take a deep dive into a hands-on approach to herbal medicine. We’ll cover the medicinal properties and uses of close to 100 local or easy-to-source healing plants, from nervines that calm to cardiotonics that stimulate circulation. Herbalist Karine Gordineer will show you how to properly infuse, blend, and decoct as you create your own herbal apothecary that will include teas, salves, tinctures, syrups, vinegars, compresses, and poultices.

SOURCE: https://www.nybg.org

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Virtual: In-Progress Art Portfolio Critique February 17

As a developing artist, you need personalized, supportive evaluation to improve your techniques. This is your chance to bring your finished art and work-in-progress for respectful, careful feedback via group discussion and teacher-led demos. We’ll pay special attention to your ability to convey the intricacy of your subject. Are your details complete? Are your tonal values correct? Works in colored pencil, graphite, or watercolor are welcome. This class is highly recommended for Portfolio candidates.

SOURCE: https://www.nybg.org

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Virtual: Introduction to Introduction to Horticultural Therapy Class Beginning February 16

Explore the plant-people relationships and scientific research that are the foundations of horticultural therapy. Learn about current programs that utilize horticultural therapy and the benefits of using plants and plant-related activities to reach cognitive, physical, psychological, and social goals for a variety of populations. Engage in activities for disability awareness and the development of therapeutic skills. Resources for professional development and the professional registration process are covered.

SOURCE: https://www.nybg.org

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New York State Charter School Technical Assistance Resource Provider RFP DEADLINE February 24

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Charter School Office (CSO) is seeking proposals to establish a charter school technical assistance resource provider (TARP) to work with charter schools across New York State. Technical assistance to charter schools will focus on improvement in four specific areas:

*Governance by charter school boards of trustees
*High-quality educational services and opportunities for students with disabilities, with a focus on charter schools outside New York City
*Financial operations
*Home to school connections

The TARP will work in collaboration with NYSED to provide professional development to charter school teachers, financial professionals, leaders, and boards of trustees. With the exception of the second item above, proposals must target all charter schools and charter applicant groups statewide. It is expected that in-person technical assistance activities or trainings will be a majority (more than 50 percent) of the proposed services. (If restrictions related to COVID-19 were to be in effect during the course of the contract, alternative means such as video-conferencing may be utilized in place of in-person activities.)

SOURCE: http://www.p12.nysed.gov

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Virtual: National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum Black History Matters February 1-28

Black History Matters is a series of twenty-eight virtual introductory short “crash courses” addressing various aspects of Black American history and culture. The videos will provide critical context for the ongoing racial justice movements and the persistence of racism in America.

The videos will be released on NAHOF’s YouTube channel and will be shared on NAHOF’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A new video will be made live every day in February.

SOURCE: https://www.nationalabolitionhalloffameandmuseum.org

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Virtual: African-American Heritage Foodways in New York-Discovering a Different Root February 10

Lecture by Lavada Nahon, Culinary Historian and Independent Scholar

For many people the idea of African American foodways equals ‘Soul Food’ or southern cooking. Before the great migration of the 19th century, the foodways of Blacks in New York were based on the culinary traditions of the Dutch and indigenous people as much as they were British or African. Differences in climate also meant different foods were grown or available for foraging. Black History Month gives us an opportunity to look at New York’s colonial period and ponder a different root to our food lineage. Culinary historian, Lavada Nahon will share information about the colonial and early new nation periods, highlighting Dutch and indigenous foodways, the work of enslaved and free cooks, and their impact on our current food culture that you can enjoy at home.

SOURCE: https://www.newcastlehs.org

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The Shaker Museum CALL FOR Woodwork Art DEADLINE March 15

The Shaker Museum has announced a call for woodwork for the new online exhibit “In Union, Remotely.” All submissions should draw inspiration from the Shakers’ values or way of life…Woodworkers of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are encouraged to submit clear digital images of their work by midnight on March 15th, 2021.

SOURCE: https://www.newyorkalmanack.com

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Virtual: Japanese for Kids 3-10 Class Beginning February 7

Learn Japanese through a series of fun, interactive courses designed just for kids! This spring, we are offering new exploratory sessions for children ages 3-5 and 6-10.
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SOURCE: https://www.japansociety.org

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Virtual: Teen Manga Workshop Beginning February 3

Learn to become a manga artist from home! With this series, manga enthusiasts can transform their imaginations into their very own manga. This ten-session course for artists will establish the basic drawing skills, character design and story development needed for manga design. Manga artists will help students infuse their designs with their own unique style, and unlock their inner manga artists through personal attention.
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SOURCE: https://www.japansociety.org

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Virtual: Montclair Art Museum FREE Homeschool Day for Ages 5-12 February 18 ~Montclair, NJ~

Join us for a virtual tour of Montclair Art Museum, right from your home, followed by an art-making studio workshop led by our talented teaching artists over the Zoom platform.

This program is geared towards children ages 5-12 with their adult companions, but all ages are welcome. Families will need to have a computer, tablet or phone with internet and access to Zoom, and will receive an email confirmation with the event link after registration. Participants will also need to provide their own materials, which will be listed on our website in advance.
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SOURCE: https://www.montclairartmuseum.org

Location: Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye

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Virtual: Seed Starting 101: Annual Vegetables and Flowers Beginning February 10

Get a jump start on the growing season! Join long time urban farmer-educator Molly Culver for a virtual, hands-on exploration into how to start seeds indoors for annual crops. For the community gardener and home gardener alike, this class will be a deep dive into seed starting basics and seedling care. We’ll review containers, soil media, seed needs, and baby plant care needs.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Grow a Flower Cutting Garden Beginning February 17

Discover the amazing variety of annual and perennial flowering plants suited for NYC’s hardiness zone, as well as preferred seed and plant and seedling sources. We will review basic soil, nutrient, light, water, and space requirements for your cutting garden. And learn pro tips for successful flower growing, harvesting and arranging, pinching, integrated pest management, trellising, harvesting, and post-harvest care.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Welcoming Migrating Birds Back in Spring Beginning February 24

Migrating birds are facing overwhelming population declines. Discover how to attract and support migrating birds in your garden with the natural habitat and food sources they need.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Google Doodle Contest for Grades K-12 DEADLINE February 26

This year’s theme is:
I am strong because…
Strength isn’t only about how fast you can run or how many pushups you can do – it’s also about the strength inside of you.

How do you rise above troubles and keep moving forward in tough times? When you make mistakes or get scared, what helps you clear the clouds above your head? When people around you are feeling down, how do you use your inner strength to lift them up?

Our theme this year invites you to tell us what makes you uniquely strong.

Students can work with any materials they want, but all doodles must be entered using the entry form. Parents and teachers can mail us the completed entry form or submit it online as a .png, or .jpg. The contest is open for entries until February 26, 2021 11:59pm Pacific Time (PT).

SOURCE: https://doodles.google.com

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Virtual: The Magical World of Kimchi Beginning February 3

make white kimchi, as well as kimchi with gochujang (chili paste). Grab these ingredients to follow along: 1 medium Napa cabbage, non-iodized salt, 2-3 inches ginger root, 1 head of garlic, gochujang paste, a vessel to ferment in (quart-sized glass jar, ceramic fermentation crock, or food-grade plastic bucket). Feel free to bring other add-in ingredients, such as radishes, daikon, carrots, seaweed, or onions. Or just watch and learn, and walk away with the recipes and know-how to make kimchi on your own.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual: Chinese Brush Painting Beginning February 3

Learn to paint in the Chinese style using bamboo brushes, ink, watercolor paints, and rice paper. Explore the origins of Chinese characters and the different styles of Chinese calligraphy.

SOURCE: https://classes.bbg.org

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Virtual Lecture Series: Anatomy for Artists Beginning February 4

This special lecture series provides an in-depth study of human anatomy for artists. League Instructor Michael Burban will give a series of lecture demonstrations on drawing the structural forms of the human figure.

SOURCE: https://theartstudentsleague.org

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Virtual: HYPER GAMES Conference February 4 & 5

Hyper Games Conference (HGC) is the major online conference in its niche devoted to the development, promotion, and growth of the Hyper Casual Games industry. The conference will be held in 2-day format with solo lectures and panel discussions on relevant topics with prominent industry leaders.

Main conference topics:

  • DEVELOPMENT. BASICS AND METHODOLOGY OF HYPER CASUAL GAMES
  • GAMES PUBLISHING
  • GAMES MARKETING (AD NETWORKS)
  • SUCCESS CASESLECTURES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM PARTNERS

SOURCE: https://hgconf.com

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Virtual: Blizzard Gaming Con February 19-20

While circumstances are keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re putting together a little something early next year to channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show, which will be free to watch and engage in.

One of the events we’re planning for BlizzConline is the Community Showcase—an opportunity for cosplay crafters, artists, and other community creators to participate in the show and put their talent on display through a mix of world-class competition and exciting exhibitions. And thanks to the all-online nature of the show, we’re able to make these events accessible to even more people from around the globe.

SOURCE: https://blizzcon.com