Walk-in tattoo event gives local community a way to support victims of sexual assault

In an effort to raise money for victims of sexual assault, community members had their bodies marked with ink at the Still Not Asking For It tattoo flash event on Sunday.

Sexual assault victims and their allies gathered from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at La Grande Tattoo located at 1820 NE 2nd St., to choose one of 23 tattoo designs. 

Kristyn Lopez, a UF art education graduate student and tattoo artist, co-owns the shop with her husband Jesus Lopez. The shop opened in March, making the Still Not Asking For It event its first formal appearance to the community.

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FestivALL presses on and continues to support local art, music, theater and dance | Features/Entertainment

CHARLESTON — FestivALL returns to Charleston on Sunday, June 13, bringing with it 10 days of art, music, theater and dance.

Following the pandemic, FestivALL is still scaled back from previous years, but does feature a mix of virtual and live events.

Here are a few highlights:

June 13

Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk with Music, Art & Dance: 1 to 4 p.m. Stroll the trail to the former Sunrise Museum and enjoy performances along the way by area artists and JADCO Contemporary Dance Company. Free. Walkers are advised to park downtown and walk across the South Side Bridge to the

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FestivALL presses on and continues to support local art, music, theater and dance | Arts & Entertainment

FestivALL returns to Charleston June 13, bringing with it 10 days of art, music, theater and dance.

Following the pandemic, FestivALL is still scaled back from previous years, but does feature a mix of virtual and live events.

Here are a few highlights:

June 13

The Sunrise Carriage Trail Walk with Music, Art & Dance

Stroll the trail to the former Sunrise Museum and enjoy performances along the way by area artists and JADCO Contemporary Dance Company.

Walkers are advised to park downtown and walk across the South Side Bridge to the trail or park at the top of the

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Community shows support for arts education

A packed room of Macon County residents pleaded with county commissioners during a May 13 meeting to provide the school system with more funding for arts education. 

The heartfelt stories and tears from students made it clear that arts education has had a tremendous impact on people of all ages whether they ended up pursuing the arts professionally or not. 

Chloe Tallent just graduated from Western Carolina University with a degree in music education, but she said she never would have gone to college if it wasn’t for music. Through her tears, she told the board about the difficult time

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Local artists seek to support each other and bring the community together through art, music events

A dancer at one of Mandy Iglesias’ past events

During the pandemic, Mandy Iglesias found that it was really hard to dance socially distanced.

She tried to keep her salsa and bachata lessons running, but how do you dance without close proximity and locked hands?

Iglesias knew other local artists, dancers and musicians were struggling as well, and she decided to help them out.

On May 15, Iglesias is hosting “Arts in the Park,” a day of music, art and dancing in Reservoir Park. Activities will include an exhibit by artists Reina Wooden (R76), Charles Feathers and Jonathan Frazier. There

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New Marion event To support arts and crafts

Marion Arts & Craft Fest is Saturday afternoon in Uptown Marion

Marion Square Park fills up with people and art for the annual Marion Arts Festival, founded in 1992 and consistently ranked in the top tier of fine art events in the country. With this year’s festival being held online, the Marion Chamber of Commerce is presenting the Marion Arts & Craft Fest on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. in Uptown Marion.

This year, with the 29th Annual Marion Arts Festival moving to a virtual format, organizers at the Marion Chamber of Commerce will present Marion Arts & Craft

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