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Int’l congress on Islamic history, culture, heritage of Kashmir to be held on April 4-5

Staff Reporter. Islamabad. The Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), a subsidiary organ of the Organization of the Islamic.
Subsequently, IRCICA proposed to hold an International Congress in Pakistan on this topic in collaboration with NH LH Division and Government of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK).In its Program of work for 2019, IRCICA has scheduled an International Congress on “Islamic History, Culture and Heritage of Kashmir” in collaboration with the Government of Pakistan and Government of AJK in mid-2019. The Congress will be held on 4th – 5th April 2019 at Serena Hotel, Islamabad.

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Four Maine arts groups receive $329000 in federal funding

The Portland Museum of Art is one of four Maine organizations to benefit from a round of federal grants announced Thursday and will use.Its the first time the museum has received NEH funding for an exhibition, said Graeme Kennedy, the museums director of communications.
Weve received NEH money for special projects in the past, but never for an exhibition. Were pretty excited, he said.An early sign for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, part of an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art opening in May supported by a federal grant. Photo by Ross Lowell/Courtesy of Haystack Mountain School of CraftsU.S. Rep.
Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, announced the funding Thursday morning. The Maine Humanities Council will receive $98,779 to support programming for war veterans, and the Maine State Museum will receive a $95,000 matching grant to help raise additional capital for a planned education center.Saint Josephs College in Standish gets $34,995 to support academic programming.These competitive grant awards speak to the quality of these organizations and Maines remarkable leadership in the arts and humanities, Pingree said in a news release.
The grants are part of the NEHs annual funding cycle. The Trump administration has proposed eliminating money for the NEH and National Endowment for the Arts in its budget proposals, Pingree noted.The Maine grants were among 233 humanities projects that received federal funding on Thursday.Thursdays announcement means Maine arts groups have received more than $500,000 in federal money since February, when the National Endowment for the Arts announced $205,000 in grants to 11 Maine arts groups.

The largest grant in that batch was $40,000 for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston.In addition, this week in Lewiston, the newly formed LA Public Art Working Group met for the first time since receiving a $75,000 Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities = Economic Development grant for the implementation of a regional cultural plan.Community leaders hope the money will help improve the image of Lewiston and Auburn with public art projects.The Portland Museum of Art opens its Haystack exhibition May 24.In the Vanguard will explore the Deer Isle schools early years and its influence on 20th-century crafts in America. It is organized by PMA curator Diana Greenwold and Rachael Arauz, an art historian and independent curator.The exhibition will include craft objects in a variety of material as well as correspondence, articles, posters, brochures and other items from the schools archives

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Waste-busting Israeli firm turns companies’ discards into new food and drink

Upcycling, or the upgrading of useless or unwanted items into higher-value products, is becoming an important trend in the food industry, said Leizer.
“Each year, about 2.9 trillion pounds of food is wasted,” she said by phone. Thats a lot of missed opportunity, she pointed out.Most companies, she said, only think about either how to dispose of the waste more cheaply or how to produce less waste in the first place.Tal Leizer, CEO of Practical Innovation (Courtesy)“We’re saying take this waste, and instead of paying someone to take it off your shoulders, let’s build a completely new category from this waste.”Leizer’s company has recently developed a new upcycling system for companies that seek to turn a profit while helping address the global food waste problem.Practical Innovation’s new service assesses a companys supply chain, evaluates the extent of annual waste and what is being done with it, and then offers a way to develop new food and beverage products out of cast-off items, redirecting food waste into a profitable product.
In one example of this transformation, Practical Innovation partnered with the Israeli startup Wine Water Ltd. to create the alcohol-free, sugar-free,Vine wine water last year.“This is a product that is completely manufactured from waste,” said Leizer.Using leftover grape skins and seeds that are a byproduct of the winemaking process, they were able to extract the flavor of wine without its “bad things” sugar and alcohol.“It’s very light, it’s very fruity and it’s a completely new category in the beverage industry, she said.The product won first prize for Best New Water Concept at the Evian Water Conference last fall and  is now selling in the US.Leizer estimated that Practical Innovations has already saved Wine Water close to 2 million euros in waste disposal costs, and much more notably the new beverage has brought the company close to 50 million euros in profit.
“So it’s good for the environment, since the waste is not going to the garbage, and it’s great for the company as it’s creating new growth from waste.”Leizer said she is currently working on similar upcycling initiatives in Singapore and in the US, the latter of which is set to launch in September, though she wouldn’t disclose details.This green approach to product development, she believes, is going to keep growing over the next few years.“Waste is very profitable,” she said.“And companies now understand that profit made from product that is a non-raw material just the waste can really only help their bottom line.”

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New York City Gives $2.8 M. to 175 Arts Organizations, Thanks to Metropolitan Museum of Art’s

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced a change to its admissions policy in 2018, (ARTnews’s editor-in-chief, Sarah Douglas, and its executive editor, Andrew Russeth, were amongits detractors.) Through the Mets new arrangement with New York City, a portion of the museums revenues had to be given to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), which revealed on Monday what arts institutions would be receiving increased funding in 2019 because of the Mets fees.In a release on Monday, the DCLA said it has allocated $2.8 million to 175 arts organizations throughout the city. Of that sum, $1.4 million will be given to 160 organizations through the Cultural Development Fund, and 15 more institutions in the Cultural Institutions Group—a consortium of museums and centers that cater to underserved communities, according to the DCLA—will receive $1.4 million.
In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “New York is the cultural capital of the world not only because of our hallmark institutions, but because of the smaller museums, shows, and organizations throughout the five boroughs. They deserve meaningful investment too.This agreement has allowed the Met to thrive while giving us a unique opportunity to increase cultural investment in our underserved communities—allowing us to support the diversity that makes our city great at no additional cost to taxpayers.”Among those receiving extra money from the Cultural Development Fund are the New Museum, Artists Space, Triple Canopy, Rhizome, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and the Drawing Center.Those increases range from $1,000 to $40,000.The 15 Cultural Institutions Group organizations receiving extra funding are being given between $25,000 and $175,000 more than usual.El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts are receiving $175,000 increases each. MoMA PS1 and the Queens Museum are also receiving increases in funding.Daniel H. Weiss, the president and CEO of the Met, said in a statement, The admissions policy is performing precisely as we hoped it would—our museum is welcoming record levels of visitors, the increased revenue is supporting our always ambitious exhibition and education programming, and New Yorkers are continuing to enjoy pay-as-you-wish pricing.The full list of institutions receiving increases in funding can be found on the DCLAs website.

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