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New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill Joins Building America In Honoring Construction Workers Building New Brunswick Performing Arts Center

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New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill joined Building America CDE today in honoring the union construction workers building the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), an Initiative that will transform New Brunswick’s Downtown Cultural Arts District ensuring that New Brunswick continues as a regional hub for the performing arts.

“This project is critical to transforming our downtown arts district into a thriving cultural center that will attract people downtown and encourage more development,” said Mayor Cahill. “Thank you to the construction workers who are building this project and to Building America and other financers who are making it happen.”

Building America CDE, a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT), provided $7 millionof New Markets Tax Credits towards the $83.9 million project.  The 78,000-square-foot cultural center is expected to create approximately 410 new union construction jobs, while retaining about 105 existing jobs and creating 11 new permanent jobs. Many of the theatre jobs will be held by members of IATSE Local 21 or URA/AFT Local 1766.

“This project is 100% built with union labor, and the absolute best construction workers the world has to offer,” said IBEW Local 456 President Michael G. McLaughlin. “The supporters of this project are helping to create union construction jobs and permanent jobs. They should be applauded for supporting working families.”

The state-of-the-art cultural center is part of a robust redevelopment initiative that will impact the future of arts and culture in New Brunswick. The new performance space will replace two outdated facilities and provide higher quality and more efficiency.  The Lyric Theatre will seat 462 guests and feature an 86-foot stage, and an orchestra pit accommodating up to 70 musicians. The Playhouse will seat 252 guests and feature a 60-foot stage.

“Not only as the CFO of Building America, but also a native of New Jersey and a Rutgers Collegealumnus, I am proud that Building America is able to play a pivotal role in financing the New Brunswick Performance Art Center,” said Harpreet Peleg, CFO Building America and Controller of the AFL-CIO HIT. “The Center will serve as an iconic venue of cultural programing and be transformative to the community and downtown.”

Building America CDE was established as a subsidiary of the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) in 2010. The U.S. Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund certified Building America as a Community Development Entity, making it eligible to offer federal New Markets Tax Credits to investors. Building America’s mission is to bring jobs and services to severely distressed communities as it works towards solving endemic problems of poverty and lack of access to training and job opportunities.

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Fourth edition of India Art Festival is held

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India Art Festival (IAF), a big gala of world’s art, was held at Thyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi on November 22–25. The grand event attracted over 500 artists from 40 cities through its 35 art galleries. The even displayed all kind of arts: painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities.

The event, which is conducted by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal, was first held in 2011.

The focus of this year’s event was the work and performance of 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists.

IAF also offered a venue for budding artists to showcase their talent.

Rajendra, the director of India Art Festival, said: “The art scene in Delhi has become event-driven, with bigger art events drawing in more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in individual art galleries. Economical art fairs – in terms of participation cost – are easy for exhibitors to take part in and recover basic participation cost, hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.”

Art festival like IAF offers a unique opportunity for artists and connoisseurs alike to create and appreciate new works of art.

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Amsterdam’s Moco Museum Brings Art to Life with Augmented Reality App

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Dream by Icy & Sot. Amsterdam’s Moco Museum brings art to life with augmented reality app. (PRNewsfoto/Moco Museum)
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Free app available for iOS and Android

Today, Moco Museum is launching ‘Moco Play’, a new augmented reality app. The free app overlays a selection of the museum’s modern artworks with interactive digital content and is available for iOS and Android. Visitors can point their mobile phones or tablets at the artworks of the likes of Icy & Sot, Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama and Keith Haring and watch them come to life on their screens. The app launches after a period of growth for the Amsterdam-based museum, having recently welcomed its millionth visitor.

“We’re constantly evolving to offer visitors an innovative, unique experience. Moco Play adds a new dimension to the museum experience and invites visitors to become part of the art,” Founders Lionel and Kim Logchies explain.

Moco Play doesn’t just work on the artworks in the museum, it’s also fully functional on digital imagery, post cards and some of the museum merchandise.

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Krome App Turns Mobile Family Snapshots into ‘Wow’ Images in Hours

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New Krome Family Studio Changes Backgrounds, Adds & Deletes Items, & More Quickly & Affordably
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New Krome Family Studio Changes Backgrounds, Adds & Deletes Items, & More Quickly & Affordably

 

If you’re looking for a way to turn ho-hum mobile or other digital family photos into images as crisp and creative as if they came from a professional photo shoot, meet Krome Family Studio – a phone/web app that puts a real photo studio in your pocket.  The service provides photo editing, optional background changes, and imaginative design concepts recommended and executed by Krome’s team of trained design directors in hours – from color-correcting to swapping the setting from a family kitchen to an outdoor landscape that makes the photo pop.

The company announced the newest Family Studio offering at this week’s Visual 1st conference in San Francisco, expanding a service that has already processed more than 1 million images for over 150,000 customers. Per-photo prices range from $3-$12. Photo packs are also available for $10, $20 and $30/month for two, five and seven photos, plus other benefits like free re-edits.

Simply upload photos from your phone or computer, and either let Krome’s designers make a recommendation, browse Krome’s Family Gallery of completed customer images or Krome Lookbooksof themed ideas ranging from back-to-school to prom and holiday for inspiration, or submit a custom request. Krome’s designers can:

  • Adjust colors, light and balance (turn amateur images into studio-quality gems)
  • Swap heads (replace the one frowning face in the family photo with that family member’s smiling image from another shot on your camera roll)
  • Merge multiple images (combine individual snapshots of each child into one photo, or add a missing person to a group photo)
  • Remove or add objects (delete photo bombs or other unwanted items from the background, and/or add birthday balloons, names or other props of your choice)
  • Change backgrounds (transport your baby to a beautiful field, the Grand Canyon or the moon)

The finished picture-perfect photos can be posted on social media or personal blogs, used for holiday cards or evites, printed as keepsakes at services from Zazzle and Shutterfly to Minted and FreePrints, and/or framed for gifts or wall display. Just tell Krome what size you need, and it’s a done deal.

“Every family picture tells a story, whether it’s a candid child or pet photo or a milestone like a new baby, a birthday or a high school graduation. But most people aren’t professional photographers, and the images they capture frequently need a little more work,” said Krome CEO Eduardo Lach. “Krome Family Studio transforms any mobile snapshot into beautiful and magical moments frozen in time. It’s like having your own personal photo editor/designer on call 24 hours a day.”

Krome offers the same editing and creative design services for businesses with Krome Business Studio, providing studio-quality images for use in e-commerce, social media, advertising and marketing. Prices begin at $5 per photo or $35/month for four advanced design images per month.

Krome Family Studio is available as an iOS and Android app as well as on the web at www.kromephotos.com.

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