Grant writing for the arts

Beverly Mitchell, Art and Dance Librarian, presented a workshop today on grant writing for the arts. In attendance were SMU students and staff and representatives from Dallas non-profits. Continue reading “Grant writing for the arts”

Simple web tools for creating graphics

An effective image can be essential when making an argument, but not all of us have graphic design skills and access to applications like Photoshop. Fortunately, there is a profusion of free or inexpensive web applications for nonexperts. Here is a roundup of web tools for graphic design that I have used and can recommend. All are easy to use and have free versions. Continue reading “Simple web tools for creating graphics”

Great Scott and great voices at SMU

DiDonato, Heggie, and von Stade
Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, and Frederica von Stade on campus at SMU. Image by Pam Pagels.

For the second time in less than five years, the Dallas Opera is producing the world premiere of an opera by composer Jake Heggie with the libretto by Terrence McNally. Great Scott opened Friday, October 30th and will continue its run at the Margo and Bill Winspear Opera House through November 15th. Continue reading “Great Scott and great voices at SMU”

What are you reading, watching, or listening to?

The Hamon Blog wants to know what you’re currently reading, watching, or listening to. On entering the elevator on the first floor of Hamon, you will notice a message board filling up with recommendations from library users.  Continue reading “What are you reading, watching, or listening to?”

Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection

Bronze Lantern Pendant LightDrawings from the Potter Art Iron Studios [also known as the Potter Art Metal Studios] are now available to view online! If you have ever walked around the Highland Park Shopping Center or driven down Swiss Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard in Dallas, most likely you have admired the beautiful wrought iron fixtures that adorn these buildings and homes. Henry Cornwell Potter [1892 – 1971], began his career in the early 1920s by making small lanterns. Continue reading “Now online: Potter Iron Studios Digital Collection”

How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?

I spend most of my workday at my desk, so streaming music is not just convenient, it’s essential.  I have a turntable at home and a small collection of records inherited from my parents that I augment through buying resale vinyl and the occasional brand new album.  The recent and much-maligned relaunch of TIDAL (a streaming music service for musicians by musicians) made me curious about how artists are compensated when I consume their product. Continue reading “How much do musicians earn distributing their music online?”

The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon

In 2011, the National Film Preservation Foundation awarded Hamon’s G. William Jones Film and Video Collection a grant of $31,000 to support the preservation of the Yiddish-language film Catskill Honeymoon (1950, directed by Joe Berne). We are happy to announce that the NFPF has now made the film available for viewing on its website. Continue reading “The National Film Preservation Foundation Now Streaming Jones’ Catskill Honeymoon”

Programming a Meadows Wind Ensemble concert using the resources of the Hamon Arts Library

We thank guest blogger Andrew England, candidate for Master of Music in Conducting in the Meadows School of the Arts, for this contribution.

Programming a concert for a performing ensemble can be a daunting task. There are many great possibilities, but there are also many factors to take into account, as I discovered when creating a concert program for the Meadows Wind Ensemble as part of my coursework towards a Master of Music degree in Conducting. Continue reading “Programming a Meadows Wind Ensemble concert using the resources of the Hamon Arts Library”

The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm

This week Oak Cliff’s historic Texas Theatre will be hosting three nights of black cinema. On Thursday, February 19th at 7:30pm, the theatre will be screening Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus (1941), a film from SMU’s Tyler, Texas Film Collection. Following its screening of The Blood of Jesus, on Friday, February 20th at 8pm and Saturday, February 21st at 5:30pm, the Texas Theatre will be screening Spike Lee’s new film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2015). Da Sweet Blood of Jesus features music by Dallas rapper Buffalo Black, who will perform after Friday’s show. “The Texas Theatre is proud to work with SMU to present Spencer Williams’ rarely seen race classic,” says Barak Epstein, director of programming at the Texas Theatre. “We had been wanting to screen this film for quite some time, and the timeliness of Spike Lee’s new release made it fit our programming schedule.” Continue reading “The Blood of Jesus at Texas Theatre: 2/19 @ 7:30pm”

Graphic Novels at Hamon

Hamon and Fondren hold diverse collections of graphic novels that cover a range of subjects such as cultural identity, illness, politics, and history. Graphic novels are usually longer than comic books and tell a single story within one volume. Graphic novels tell stories in a way that regular novels do not, with a certain level of abstraction, artistic flexibility, and (many times) underlying humor. Continue reading “Graphic Novels at Hamon”