Wednesday, October 03, 2012


Prez Obama wasn't the only one getting spanked on live TV tonight... A little while back I saw Mayor Guiliani spank Chris Hayes on live TV on MSNBC... Ouch!

Death of a dialect

With the political news flush with commentary about the opportunistic use of dialects, this is sad news for the language:
In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has died, taking with him another little piece of the English linguistic mosaic.
Details here.

Job in the Arts

Part time, Seasonal 
Applications accepted through 11:59 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2012 (or until filled) 

This is a part-time, seasonal position working with teenagers/young adults for Arts on the Block (AOB). The Visual Artist/Educator works closely with the Lead Teaching Artist for AOB’s “Pour Your ART Out” workshop to deliver a high-quality art, job, and life skills training experience to up to 20 workshop participants (“Apprentice Artists”). The person who fills this position may have the opportunity to move into a Lead Teaching Artist/Educator position for the Summer 2013 workshop.  

The mission of Arts on the Block (AOB) is to empower creative youth to imagine and shape fulfilling futures and contribute to the quality of life of their communities. Arts on the Block achieves its mission by providing youth with paid opportunities to work with established artists/mentors on commissioned artwork and entrepreneurial projects.  Please visit for additional information. 

AOB Studio 
11501 Georgia Avenue - Wheaton, MD 20902 

  • Start Date:  Saturday, October 27, 2012; End Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2013 
  • Wednesdays (20) - 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM; Saturdays (19) – 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM 
  • Must be available for planning sessions, trainings, and staff meetings  

Commensurate with experience 

  • Participate in screening and selection of Apprentice Artists 
  • With Lead Teaching Artist, design and manage all aspects of program including work flow creation, program budgeting and tracking, and quality control 
  • Manage customer relations on commissioned projects 
  • With Lead Teaching Artist, develop, refine, and implement project ideas 
  • Lead arts education and job training exercises 
  • With Lead Teaching Artist, maintain a safe worksite 
  • Document daily workshop progress 
  • Document completed artwork 
  • Prepare monthly reports and administer Apprentice Artist assessments 
  • Manage preparations for semi-annual open houses and/or other events 
  • Train Apprentice Artists to deliver effective presentations 
  • With AOB staff or volunteers, assist with management of blog and other social media efforts 
  • Other duties as assigned 

  • Undergraduate degree or higher in an arts discipline 
  • Five or more years professional arts experience including participation in local and regional exhibitions 
  • Five or more years working with a diverse population of high school aged or older youth 
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills in working with a diverse population of employees, customers, managers, vendors, partners, and the general public 
  • Demonstrable business competence including verbal, written, and presentation skills as well as organizational, leadership, and supervisory skills 
  • Ability to pass conducted Montgomery County criminal background check 
  • Experience designing and implementing arts curriculum 
  • Experience with mosaics and other sculptural materials 
  • Significant experience in the areas of commissioned artwork and public art 
  • Advancing Youth Development training/certification 
  • Familiarity with the Washington, DC area arts community and art sites 
  • Experience creating fliers and other PR materials using Photoshop, InDesign and/or other software 
  • Competence with both Apple and Microsoft operating systems 
  • CPR/First Aid certification 
  • Some Spanish language speaking ability 

Please send cover letter, résumé, and three digital images of relevant work. 
By email, send to  and include Visual Artist/Educator in the subject line. 
By regular mail, send to: 
Arts on the Block; Attention:  Mary Ngo; 11501 Georgia Avenue, Suite 104 - Wheaton, MD 20902 
If sending materials by regular mail, submit a CD containing images of relevant work. 
For most favorable consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 PM on October 11, 2012. Applications received after that date will be considered only if position is not yet filled.