It’s been a busy July with new launches and special events from Andover to Athens and beyond. Catch up on the latest.
Our Portal will launch for one year beginning May 2018 at Oakland International High School in Oakland, CA. The school targets a population of students, newly arrived immigrants, who have historically been under-served nationally, in California, and in Oakland. The mission of OIHS is to provide newly arrived immigrants a quality alternative education focused on English language acquisition in preparation for college.
The Andover_Portal is hosted by Andover Public Schools, the Andover Coalition for Education, and the Andover Youth Services, along with community and corporate partners to celebrate Andover and the Merrimack Valley as a dynamic and diverse region north of Boston with a rich history of global influences.
The Andover Public Schools is committed to providing our students and neighbors with authentic and personalized learning opportunities that foster both local and global connections, which we like to call “Global Conversations.”
Imagination Celebration is hosting a Colorado Springs_Portal on the grounds of the The Citadel mall at the north entrance by the Food Court. Colorado Springs is home to an iconic mountain, Pikes Peak; the Olympic Training Center: US Olympic Committee and many international nonprofit organizations.
Imagination Celebration is a nonprofit connecting people of all ages to the brain-stimulating, life-enhancing, community-building power of creativity by inspiring artistic and intellectual curiosity; instigating community collaborations; and promoting life-long experiential learning to help us thrive in a changing world. This pop-up public arts installation connects people of all walks of life around the globe - taking us to places that we may never travel to, other than through this Portal.
One Imagination Celebration program, the What IF…Festival, celebrates lifelong learning and engages the community with the innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the Pikes Peak region. The What IF… Festival, is a silo-busting, bridge-building, event fostering intellectual vitality by welcoming participants to creatively engage with businesses, nonprofits, artists, scientists, engineers, performers, athletes, educators, ranchers/farmers, architects, tinkerers, visionaries and students of all ages.
The Portal is located on the regional campus of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) in San Pedro Sula, the industrial capital of Honduras. UNAH is the leading institution of higher education in the country and maintains a strong commitment with honduran academy, research, science, culture and development.
The Portal is run by the Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE), a youth development NGO located in the nearby city of El Progreso. OYE is dedicated to educate, empower and engage disadvantaged youth to break the cycle of poverty and become agents of change in their homes, schools and communities.
The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) was founded in 1984 as a graduate school of theology, formerly known as the Catholic Higher Institute of Eastern Africa (CHIEA). Today, the university is open to a wide range of studies from Science to Law, all contributing to it's stated mission: "To promote excellence in research, teaching and community service by preparing morally upright leaders based on the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church."
College Park Portal
at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8270 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 201742
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, April 25:
11:30am-2:30pm - Kigali
Wednesday, April 26:
2-5pm - Mexico City
Thursday, April 27:
1-4pm - Boulder
Tuesday, May 2
1pm-5pm - Mission, Texas
Shared_Studios, the global arts collective behind the public art initiative, Portals, is partnering with Biamp Systems to elevate the quality of audio used across the Portals network. Through Biamp’s Devio® technology, participants in various Portals experience conversations as they unfold, providing a real-time, real-life experience. This enables people at different points on the planet to seamlessly create, collaborate, and play as if they’re in the same room together.
Shared_Studios, the art and technology company behind Portals, today announces that it is partnering with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (https://zoom.us) to shift video conferencing quality across the Shared_Studios network into higher gear. This partnership will enable people across any distance to seamlessly create, collaborate, and play.
Established in 1960, The Rye Arts Center is the largest multi-arts center in the region. It is a community-based not-for-profit dedicated to inspiring interest and maximum participation in the arts in and around Westchester. They offer classes and lessons, performances, exhibitions, and a range of outreach programs.
Our Detroit Portal is located at Capitol, at the center of downtown Detroit’s most exciting emerging micro-neighborhood. It is also the historic home of Michigan’s first capitol building.
TED2017: The Future of You is TED's flagship 2017 event. It's a week to explore the most pressing questions of our time and to imagine what our shared future might look like. From how we'll work to how we'll connect and interact to how we'll collectively thrive in a world full of change, TED will ask – and try to answer – the big questions of the moment.
TED is a nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
Grand Park is located in downtown Los Angeles between The Music Center and City Hall. The park is a dynamic, inclusive environment for community events, cultural experiences, festivals, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities in Los Angeles County. Park visitors enjoy original programming, Music Center programming, outdoor activities, interactive events, entertainment and many other activities that benefit from the park’s multi-use lawns, stages and spaces. The Grand Park Portal brings an immersive space – a gold shipping container with screens and speakers – to connect Angelenos to faces and places that are curious about L.A. life. Exchange thoughts, ideas, recommendations for music, recipes, and anything in between in this two-week activation APR 10 – APR 23.
Light City Baltimore features the BGE Light Art Walk with more than 50 attractions including illuminated visual artworks such as large-scale installations, projections, interactive technologies, performances and more. The original artworks are by local, regional, national and international artists selected by a jury through a call of entry. Learn more here.
The CU Boulder portal installation is hosted by the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) and BoulderTalks, a CMCI center that fosters community and knowledge through democratic engagement.
Located on the brick plaza between the Gold Biosciences building and Folsom Stadium on Colorado Avenue, the portal will connect to sites in Herat, Afghanistan; El Progreso, Honduras; Erbil, Iraq; Mexico City, Mexico and other locations.
Our Portal at the Association of College & Research Libraries connected conference attendees to librarians around the world! The Association of College & Research Libraries is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL currently has a membership of more than 11,000 members, accounting for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership.
SXSW is a festival in Austin Texas with more than 30 years of history. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors gather at SXSW to promote new technologies, art, culture, music and cinema. In one week SXSW with more than 350 thousand people from 89 countries. Last year, SXSW’s social media reached over 78.7 million people. Our Portal Screen at Casa Mexico connects to our Portal at Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. Each day there will be concerts, performances, classes, dances, cocktail hours and more.
April 10 - 23, 2017
Grand Park will host a two-week long chat with the world. Audiences can sign up for an appointment to speak with someone around the world about life, food, family, the weather or any other topic they want to discuss with the opportunity to gain a new perspective on other communities far away. The portals are gold shipping containers equipped inside with immersive audio and video technology. Individuals can meet face-to-face with someone in a distant portal and have real-time conversations as if he or she were in the same room. Each portal is staffed by a Portal Curator who provides translation as needed. Grand Park’s Writers’ Workshops and Lunchtime Concerts will be “broadcast” during this timeframe so that participants in other portal locations can enjoy these events from afar.
The Migration Hub Network creates spaces, where social entrepreneurs and organizations meet to design solutions around mass migration. Our network generates physical impact within communities and connects organizations across Europe. This fosters collaboration between actors in the public and private sector in order to transform the challenges surrounding mass migration into opportunities.