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ART Inspiration - May 12, 2020


Fenton Arts Council board Member Deborah Simms’ painting chosen for cover of the Flint Institute of Art class catalog! Click Here to see


How to Build Balloon-Powered LEGO Cars

My son actually didn’t need much direction from me. He built his car really quickly and just needed me to show him how to make a hole for the balloon.


Architecture lovers will be thrilled to know that they can still get insight into the work of America’s greatest architect, even in a time of social distancing. Frank Lloyd Wright‘s career spanned over 70 years, in which time he was responsible for designing over 1,000 buildings. Now, thanks to virtual tours, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is allowing the public to view 12 of his most famous buildings. Spending time with these architectural masterpieces, from Fallingwater to Hollyhock House, is a great way to unwind and escape while discovering new places.

Created in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the tours run every Thursday at 1 pm EST and began on April 2. For six weeks, each participating site with share a #WrightVirtualVisit of another historic Frank Lloyd Wright building. In this way, the public can continue to learn about the contributions that Wright made to American culture, while staying safe and sound.


Weird video: Scientists drop ice down a deep hole and the resulting sound is totally mesmerizing

The frozen continent Antarctica is known for its vast area of ice and bone-chilling cold. It is in these freezing temperatures where some scientist goes to drill holes on to the surface and study more about our planet’s ancient history.

Some of those scientists have found a weird pass time – dropping ice down on deep holes to listen to the sound they make. While it might feel odd, a video shot by isotope geochemist John Andrew Higgins shows us how satisfying the experience can be.


Visit museums or art galleries and you may live longer, new research suggests - Written by Katie Hunt, CNN

A trip to the theater, museum or art gallery could help you live longer. And the more often you get that culture fix the better, a new study suggests.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) found that people who engaged in the arts more frequently -- every few months or more -- had a 31% lower risk of dying early when compared to those who didn't. Even going to the theater or museum once or twice a year was linked with a 14% lower risk.

They looked at data given by more than 6,000 adults in England age 50 years and older, who were taking part in a wider study on aging.

"While other health behaviors like smoking, alcohol and exercise are undoubtedly bigger predictors of mortality, these leisure and pleasure activities that people don't think as a health related activity do support good health and longevity," said Daisy Fancourt, an associate professor at UCL's Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health, and an author of the study, published Wednesday in the BMJ journal.


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