2015 Just Drive Creative Challenge


Dear Teachers,

With the Holiday Season upon us and 2015 just around the corner, I wanted to give you some key information regarding the upcoming 2015 Just Drive Creative Challenge.

As you know, the Just Drive Program, sponsored by Michelin, N.A., Verizon Wireless and Bradshaw Automotive, encourages safe driving habits among Greenville County High School Students. Students who make the pledge to Just Drive are invited to participate in a variety of Just Drive activities including this year’s Creative Challenge. This contest is an opportunity for your students to showcase their artistic talents in Graphic Design and Creative Writing (see attached flyer). We will provide promotional materials in early January, but for now please note the following:  

Graphic Design Competition

A student may submit their designs for the 2015 Just Drive Program promotional poster, which brings awareness to not driving while distracted. The student with the top design will receive a prize pack from Just Drive Sponsors and be featured on the Greenville Drive Website and at the Celebration Game on May 6th.

Creative Writing Competition

A student may submit their story or thoughts (300-400 words) on why it is important to not drive while distracted. The student with the top entry will receive a prize pack from Just Drive Sponsors and have their essay posted on the Greenville Drive’s Website and published in the April Drive Magazine.


                                                *Note that the Art and English Departments for the winning entries will be recognized at the Celebration Game on May 6th.

Submission & Voting Process

Students can enter the contest by emailing their work to alex2@greenvilledrive.com (Teachers are welcome to collect entries from their students and send them in together). The top entries will be selected by a team of Drive Staff Members and District Administrators. These top entries will be posted on the Just Drive Facebook page for friends, classmates, family members and the public to vote on.  

Important Dates

Contest Begins: Wednesday, December 17th

Deadline for Entries: Friday, February 20th

Facebook Voting Period: Wednesday, February 25th – Wednesday, March 4th

Creative Challenge Winners Announcement: Friday, March 6th


Please let me know if your school is planning to participate, so I can continue to provide additional information and answer any questions you may have. This program could be implemented this semester and/or next, as a class assignment or extra credit opportunity.


Thanks for your help and Happy Holidays!





Al Fiedler | Marketing Manager

Greenville Drive

Single “A” Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox






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*PoetryFilm Solstice, ICA Cinema, 21 December

PoetryFilm was founded by Zata Kitowski in 2002
PoetryFilm Solstice, ICA Cinema
Sunday 21 December 2014, 3pm
A special PoetryFilm event celebrating the Winter Solstice with a programme of experimental short films.
Tickets are £7-£11 and can be bought here.
Event curated by Zata Kitowski, director of PoetryFilm.  
Full programme
Reversed Mirror | Eduardo Kac, 1997 (7 minutes)                                         
Equally concerned with the aesthetic and the social aspects of verbal and non-verbal interaction, in his work Kac examines linguistic systems and dialogic exchanges. Kac’s pieces, which often link virtual and physical spaces, propose alternative ways of understanding the role of communication phenomena in creating shared realities. Eduardo Kac is a contemporary American artist and professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lunar Tides | Susan Trangmar, 2014 (9 minutes)                                             
Lunar Tides is a word-based moving image artwork reflecting upon the changing relationship between the moon and the earth over time, which affects the ocean tides. The work points to a time in the future which is beyond our human-centred existence. It is part of an ongoing series of works under the umbrella title ‘Shifting Terrains’ which concerns the interplay between geological, climatic and human elements making up the area of Romney Marsh and Dungeness, where the artist lives part-time. Susan Trangmar is a Reader in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. 
Sandpiper | John Scott, 2014 (3 minutes 30)                                                    
Elizabeth Bishop, whose life took her in numerous directions, explicitly compared her quest to that of the sandpiper. Both are great observers and both are looking for “something, something, something”. The poetry film is based on footage provided by the Macauley Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 
Full Stop | Zata Kitowski, 2014 (4 minutes 30)                                                    
The poem Full Stop is taken from a sequence of punctuation poems published in Zata Kitowski’s collection Doppelgängers (Heaventree, 2005). Presented on paper, the concrete poem Full Stop takes the shape of a circular full stop. In this transcreation, the material is presented aurally as Morse Code, and visually as a moving telegram. This artwork was funded by Arts Council England. 
Turbines in January | Kate Sweeney + Colette Bryce (2 minutes)                       
This poetry film explores scientific research into wind turbine technology and was inspired by the work of the Dove Marine Laboratory at Cullencoats.

Self-Evident Things | Piotr Bosacki (10 minutes)                                              
Piotr Bosacki works in the Intermedia Department at the University of Arts in Poznań and is a member of the artistic group Penerstwo. In his creative work he uses a variety of media and forms, including drawing, animated film, installation, musical composition and literature. His PhD thesis “The Economy of Elements” is a treatise about artwork and language. In 2009 he invented continuous motion picture technology (film without frames). Piotr Bosacki lives and works in Poznań.
Dream Poem | Dann Casswell, 2006 (1 minute 30)                                             
“The film was once played for the Sultan of Brunei, whose daughter is dyslexic. He actually sent me a sword to say thank you. It was all very strange. I still love it dearly, so I hope you enjoy it as much as the Sultan did. Please don’t send me any more swords.” – Dann Casswell 
Afterlight | Timothy David Orme (3 minutes)                                                 
Afterlight is a short hand-made film that explores both one’s inherent darkness and one’s inherent lightness. Every frame was made with charcoal on paper (sometimes each frame was drawn up to eight times) and then composited digitally. 
The Portrait of Jean Genet | artist project Disinformation, 2014 (3 minutes)         
The Portrait of Jean Genet is a extract from an, if not infinite, then at least potentially very long video installation by the artist project Disinformation, which is based on an artwork that was published online on the photo-sharing website Flickr in 2011, then published in paper form in the book Rorschach Audio in 2012. These artworks are in-turn based on the final interview given by the French author and poet Jean Genet, shortly before his death. Jean Genet mishears the interviewer Nigel Williams, asking “Vous avez dit, L’Amour?” (“Did you say… Love”), because “J’ai entendue La Mort” (“I heard… Death”). The terms “L’Amour” and “La Mort” sound essentially identical, and are disambiguated primarily by understanding their use in context. The Rorschach Audio research project draws an analogy between the way in which listeners project meanings onto ambiguous sounds, and the way viewers project illusory shapes onto the symmetrical patterns of the famous Rorschach ink-blot tests. Likewise The Portrait of Jean Genet draws an analogy between the way listeners disambiguate perceptions of so-called “homophonic” sounds, and the way viewers project contradictory interpretations onto ambiguous visual figures, such as the spontaneously-reversing cube discovered by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker. 
Solstice | Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski2013 (3 minutes)              
A film commissioned by the Royal Society of Psychiatrists to mark the solstice, filmed over the summer solstice of 2013 on Glastonbury Tor, at the Glastonbury Festival and in the grounds of the Abbey. Solstice is an exploration of the histories, landscape and atmosphere of what has come before and what will be. This is the first in the series of landscape moving image works in which the artists play with light and architecture to create a dreamy montage of loosely connected and at times abstract imagery, leaving any narrative up to the eye of the viewer. It is a poetic offering of something that is both myth and reality.
About PoetryFilm
PoetryFilm was founded by British artist Zata Kitowski in 2002. PoetryFilm is a research art project exploring the semiotics and meaning-making approaches of the poetry film genre. PoetryFilm celebrates experimental poetry films, art films, text films, sound films, silent films, poet-filmmaker collaborations, auteur films, films based on poems, poems based on films, and other avant-garde text/image/sound screening and performance material.
Since 2002, the PoetryFilm project has resulted in over 60 events at cinemas, galleries, literary festivals and academic institutions featuring poetry films, poetry readings, live performances and talks. Venues include Tate Britain, The ICA, Southbank Centre, Cannes Film Festival, CCCB Barcelona, London Film Museum, Bluecoat Liverpool,   O Miami, Curzon Cinemas, Cardiff Academi – see Past Events page for more. 
Curated PoetryFilm screening programmes are available to book and can be tailored to specific themes. Zata is also available to present talks about the PoetryFilm project, and about the poetry film genre, at festivals, conferences and academic institutions, and is also available to judge competition material.
PoetryFilm is supported by Arts Council England and is an accredited member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Audience Network. PoetryFilm holds a trademark awarded by the IPO (Intellectual Property Office).
The cult PoetryFilm night is the only UK platform for the creative but very much un-mined field of poetry film. The PoetryFilm movement led by Zata Kitowski is forging new cinematic expressions: an innovative cinema of poetry, and a language of poetry film. – Genesis Cinema, July 2005
A great event – one of the most interesting and invigorating I have been to this year!Arts Council England, 2014
Founded by artist Zata Kitowski over a decade ago, the PoetryFilm art project continues to play with the avant-garde. – AQNB magazine, 2014
“Zata Kitowski’s regular London screenings have become something of a cult attraction to independent film-buffs and poetry-fans alike.” – Battersea Arts Centre, May 2005
Best regards,
Zata Kitowski
Founder and Director

Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest

I am reaching out to encourage your organization to participate and promote the Michelin InTIREnational Art Contest. This year, we will select two winners, a People’s Choice Award and one selected by a panel of judges. Each winning entry will receive a $5,000 donation to a charity, school, or non-profit of its choice.  
In its second year, the InTIREnational Art Contest challenges participants to create a piece of art with an international theme using up to four scrap tires donated by Michelin. Entries will be on display around the Upstate during Upstate International Month in March 2015. The public will have the chance to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award at www.inspiredtires.com.
The InTIREnational Art Contest is part of Upstate International 2015 (upstateinternational.org), a month-long series of community events and activities that celebrate the cultural diversity of South Carolina’s Upstate. We are honored to be a presenting sponsor of Upstate International.
The contest is open to local artists, groups, schools and organizations.  We are accepting online registrations starting December 15, through January 16. Once entered into the contest, participants will have four weeks (from January 26 to February 20) to complete their artwork with the winner announced at an event at Michelin’s corporate headquarters on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
The contest is limited to the first fifty (50) registrants.
To help encourage participation, I am attaching a print-ready PDF that can be posted within your organization as well as suggested social media posts.

Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word. We are excited to participate in and support Upstate International and proud to recognize the thousands of international residents in the area, including our own employees, who contribute to the region’s unique cultural diversity.

Leesa Owens
Director, Community Relations

Michelin North America
Greenville, SC 29615  

pdf icon InTIREnational-Contest-Flyer-2015_Final.pdf

student grants

The Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program aims to perpetuate the legendary actor/artist’s vision for an art-conscious society. Through its scholarships, the Foundation supports high school students’ extracurricular study of Visual Arts & Design, Performing Arts, Media Arts, and Literary Arts.

Foundation scholarships may be used for a recognized pre-college, summer or after-school arts education program, but may not be used for either secondary school or college tuition. The application period for 2015 is now open, click here to submit an application. The application period closes January 5, 2015.




Katy Bergman Cassell

Visual Arts Department Chair


Fine Arts Center

Greenville, SC 29609



The Colors of Christmas

The SF Symphony has made the “Colors of Christmas” one of its annual treats. For three evenings in December, audiences get to hear amazingly talented popular singers honor both seasonal carols and America’s love of popular music in a holiday blaze of good will and good cheer. And what could be a more perfect setting than Davies Hall with its wonderful acoustics and dozens of holiday evergreens decorated by school children and community groups?

THIS YEAR the holiday program features Peabo Bryson, Jennifer Holliday, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Dayne. The Voices of F.A.M.E. provide choral accompaniment, with Jeffery Williams as director. Members of the SF Symphony are conducted by Herman Jackson.

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Rattle – Call for Poetry Submissions

December 17, 2014 

Dear Martha,

Unlike most literary magazines, we don’t believe in soliciting poems individually from anyone – we just don’t think that’s fair or good for the poetry. Instead, we rely on your submissions and nothing else to keep the magazine as strong as it is, letting the best poems win, regardless of the poet’s background.

I know that might sound like lip service if you haven’t made the final cut yet, but because we are fair and honest, the next submission might truly be the one. That’s how I think while opening each packet – and I do open them all myself; we don’t have any interns screening, either. 

Anyway, that’s why I send out these quarterly calls for submissions. That’s why you’re always welcome to share your work with us, at any time. I hope you do – particularly if you’re interested in any of the upcoming themes, listed below. 

Remember that there is never any fee to submit (other than to the Rattle Poetry Prize each summer), and we pay all of our contributors for their work ($50 per poem in print, $25 online). We’re here to provide a great home for great poetry – that’s our only goal. 

General Submissions

Deadline: None

Before I get to our special calls, I want to emphasize the fact that we are always open to submissions from any poet, in any style, on any topic. Half of every issue is open poetry, and our general submissions window never closes. 

If you’re wondering what to submit: We try to keep the magazine as eclectic as possible. I’m always in search of ideas, images, metaphors, concepts, and perspectives that I’ve never heard before. Poetry should be expansive – I want to see the world in new ways. We love lyrical poetry; we love meter and rhyme, free verse, and experimentation. We love long poems and short poems – don’t get hung up on styles. Send us your favorite unpublished poems and they might become ours, too. 

General submissions are always welcome. To share yours, go to our Submittable page  and select the “General” category. 

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Bobby McFerrin Performs Gershwin at SF Symphony

For decades Bobby McFerrin has blurred the distinction between popular music and fine art with daring imagination and great success, as only a well-disciplined genius can. For two nights in December he graced the stage at Davies Hall with the SF Symphony. The auditorium was packed with those who knew him well from his frequent appearances with the SF Symphony, and others who attended on the strength of his reputation. McFerrin did not disappoint.

The evening began with McFerrin giving the peace sign to the audience, then conducting George Gershwin’s An American in Paris in a black suit and silver-laden dreadlocks. McFerrin studied for years and collaborated with orchestras all over the world, in order to realize a childhood dream of conducting music. This night he conducted Gershwin’s original orchestration of An American in Paris, complete with automobile horns.

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IHLS film Fest Sun Dec 14th 3pm

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The New Parkway Theater is located at 474 24th St in Oakland


Sunday Dec 14th! 3PM


Cleaners by Jaemin Park

Changing Lives by Jonathan P. Ritter

Anti Hero by Bo Campbell

Time Waits for No one by Tom Pettit

Peace makers by Juan Davis

Loose Canon Sharif Nakhleh & Joseph Skorman

Where the Socks go by Wes Fisher

déjà vu by Bolaji Tijani-Qudus

Rangan 99 Tiyam Yabandeh

Guaranteed to make you feel good, and bring the kids for free.


Edgardo and his Salsa Orchestra will lift your spirits this season.
Edgardo and his Salsa Orchestra will lift your spirits this season.

“Edgardo & Candela” is a Salsa Band based in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987. The instrumentation is piano, bass, three trombones, conga drums, bongo drums, timbales and vocalists. Better known as simply “Candela,” their trade mark is their high energy level performance, featuring great vocals, a tight rhythm section and the powerful sound of the trombones.

Buy Some Poetry, Give it Away and Feel Good About Yourself

Ameriscopia by Edwin Torres, published by University of Arizona Press

I’m going to buy Ameriscopia for myself this Christmas, and I’m going to savor every bit of it. Edwin Torres is one of my favorite performance poets from New York City, whose work travels from page to stage and dazzles the participant with new words and new meanings arising with the rebirth of language itself.

Sweet Husk by Corrie Williamson, Published by Perugia Press
Sweet Husk by Corrie Williamson, Published by Perugia Press

Perugia Press publishes poetry by women. They are selling their titles for $10 during the month of December.

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