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With the launch of the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at Pier 36 in New York, Issue No.5 features some of the city's  most celebrated artists and arts leaders. 

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A NEW HOME
FOR VAN GOGH
IN NEW YORK

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH
LAUNCHES ARTIST IN
RESIDENCE PROGRAM

“My favourite part  of this whole experience was getting to meet so many clients, including Google’s co- founder and our Lieutenant Governor in California.That was really exciting and I felt really lucky.” 

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Artist in Residence Program

“I think I can solve the beef between New York and LA once and for all. If you compare the two cities, they will both lose. But if you take the best of both cities, they both win with flying colours.”

The Hamilton Set Designer takes on Immersive Van Gogh in New York

 CREATIVE DIRECTOR  

 IMMERIVE VAN GOGH EXHIBIT

 David Korins 

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Inspired by our Proust Questionnaire, Jay Baruchel joins us for a special Q&A and unveils the secret facets of what motivates his multi-talented creative mind, and the private inspiration behind an enduring career.

 Jay Baruchel

 ACTOR, DIRECTOR, COMEDIAN  

ANSWERS 15 QUESTIONS

 bluemouth inc.

THE PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE 
TURNS 20

"We survived this long, because we do adapt. Everything is an opportunity to learn and to change."

Founding members of bluemouth inc., Lucy Simic and Stephen O’Connell, join us for an hour-long video interview

“The truth is that magic is an experience, and my personal belief is that it’s the experience of astonishment and wonder and that doesn’t only relate to just magicians, it can be to anyone."

The Britain's Got Talent 
contestant reflects on the
neglected history of Black magicians

 Magical Bones

UK MAGICIAN AND PERFORMER
RICHARD ESSIEN

"Our goal as a company was and continues to be to democratize access to art and culture through leading edge technology."

The New York-based immersive art-and-culture technology company launches a new app
for Lighthouse Immersive.

 Boulevard Arts

A NEW APP FOR LIGHTHOUSE IMMERSIVE

"I have these two modes. The private mode is fine with the current situation because when I’m writing, I am in lockdown. But then there’s this question of what do we do with all of this? In terms of getting it to the real world?"

Watch the video interview with Egoyan for our IN FOCUS  series.

 FILM & STAGE DIRECTOR  

 ON PANDEMIC ERA CREATIVITY 

 Atom Egoyan

“The city of San Francisco is incredibly committed to its non-profit arts sector because we know that the arts are a cornerstone to recovery—not just for our sector but for the city as a whole.”

The newly appointed Cultural Director reflects on the intersection of arts and activism

 CULTURAL DIRECTOR  

SAN FRANCISCO ARTS COMMISSION 

 Ralph Remington

“In both cities the cafes are a meeting spot for me and other artists. Here we might talk about the work we’re creating, the galleries we’re working with or the blocks we’re facing.”

Gordon discuss the roles of cafes in facilitating arts culture in a city

NEW YORK PAINTER ON CAFE
CULTURE IN NY AND TORONTO

 Kristy Gordon

“I think keeping people sticky takes a lot of work. You can’t just let people go—you need to let them know where they are, what we’re doing, and that we’re here.”

Ashley Wheater talks about creating the pipelines that support an equitable, inclusive future for ballet.

 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR  

ASHLEY WHEATER

 Joffrey Ballet

"Go forth unafraid. It might sound a bit cheesy – it’s my children’s high-school’s motto… But it fits. I grow and I am happiest when I am out of my comfort zone and…as hard as it might be, it is ultimately what propels me forward."

The TIFF Director answers our Proust Questionnaire 

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 Joana Vicente

“Anything that values the arts in our daily lives. That’s not going to solve all the problems, but that’s going to make a difference to some presenters and venues that have a huge impact on the benefit and well-being of our city.”

The artistic director answers our Proust Questionnaire 

 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF TORONTO JAZZ

FESTIVAL

“I used to say “we do everything except give money away,”—but now we do that too! This week we are distributing $560,000 to working artists using their homes or their studios to welcome other artists."

How the HPAC is reviving Chicago's artistic communities during the pandemic

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

HYDE PARK ART CENTER - CHICAGO

 Kate Lorenz

"I think the convergence of the pandemic and more awareness of social justice issues has been an opportunity to showcase how artists are essential as  interpreters, sharing very powerful content through their own lens.”

Discover Root Division’s mission to empower the artists and youth of San Francisco

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

ROOT DIVISION - SF

 Michelle Mansour

“It is worth noting that all artists work with technology, and that art history is also a history of technology development. Of course, what people usually mean today when they say “technology” is computers, and the sensory devices that we use to interface with computers.”

How one SF organization is combining inclusivity and technology in the arts

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

GRAY AREA FOUNDATION  - SF

 Barry Threw

“In San Francisco, our artists and art institutions are expected to stand up and speak out towards injustice. San Francisco artists are simultaneously activists and contribute to the Bay Area’s extensive and progressive history of equity for all.”

White reflection on MoAD as a hub of thought, art, and dialogue in San Francisco

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

MUSEUM OF AFRICAN DIASPORA - SF

 Monetta White

“It’s 100 years after the roaring 20s, since the Harlem Renaissance, since Prohibition, and here we are 100 years later throwing a Harlem rent party—in the same spot, on the same street.”

The Jazz pianist reflects on
the past year of remote creativity

 NEW YORK JAZZ MUSICIAN  

ON THE PANDEMIC JAZZ SCENE

 Emmet Cohen

“Contributing to what he believes is solely a film on his extensive catalogue and creative process, he unknowingly exposes himself as a liar. It was equally awkward and uncomfortable for me as an investigative journalist..."

Billie Mintz discusses the process of uncovering the truth in his new documentary on painter Oz Almoz 

 IN CONVERSATION WITH DIRECTOR  

 BILLIE MINTZ

 On Portrayal

“Every theatre space has its own energy and pathway of affecting the audience and it’s up to the director to figure out what the best uses of each space are. Virtual theatre is a type of site specific theatre, so there are many advantages of using Zoom as our platform.” 

Golyak reflects on his experimental theatre production with Mikhail Baryshnikov

A NEW INTERACTIVE THEATRE

EXPERIENCE BY IGOR GOLYAK

 chekhovOS

"People like Ada Lovelace, Gertrude Stein… People who fight to make a difference, who fight to do their art, who protect their own creativity and use it as a gesture to help humanity."

The Film Director answers our Proust Questionnaire 

THE MULTI-FACETED ARTIST
ANSWERS OUR PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

 Lynn H. Leeson

“I’m not a big fan of the word ‘underrepresented’ or ‘marginalized’, I’m thinking more it really has to do with where is the opportunity? And how do people find the opportunity?”

Jenson shares on the creative process behind the organizations's exhibits. 

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  

SOMArts - SAN FRANCISCO

 Maria Jenson

Lighthouse in SF

From the Editor

Lighthouse in Chicago

Danny Smith - AiR

Digitally Creative

Pete Doolittle

A trip to Montreal

Van Gogh Films

 Josh Grossman

new this week!

 ACTOR, DIRECTOR, COMEDIAN  

ANSWERS THE PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE

Start spreading the news… New York is back! While the city stirs awake, Immersive Van Gogh officially opened its New York exhibit on June 10th. Buy tickets and more at the official NY IMV site.

The Lighthouse Immersive App has officially launched on Google Play and the App Store. Designed by Boulevard Arts, the Lighthouse Immersive app enriches the world of Immersive Van Gogh with curated features including an audio introduction from Colm Feore, a video tour with Lily Collins, a full playlist by Luca Longobardi, and much more for the most resonant Van Gogh experience.

After 421 days of partial closure, Casinos, restaurants, and live shows resume to full capacity on the vibrant Las Vegas Strip. Immersive Van Gogh Vegas continues safely from July 1st.

smART Magazine is proud to announce our first-ever poetry competition for Issue No. 6. As the arts-world begins to re-open, the joy of recovery meets our collective sense of loss and isolation. Along with rebirth comes waves of relief, uncertainty, a new normalcy, mourning, and anticipation of hope and renewal. To celebrate this moment of cultural rekindling, the theme for our Issue No.6 poetry competition is THE JOY OF RECOVERY.

Royal Ontario
Museum

Immersed in Genius

HIGHTLIGHTS
FROM PAST
ISSUES

National Arts Centre
Orchestra

Alexander Neef

FFDN Festival

Route 66

Pia Kleber, UofT

Hyde Park Center

The Joffrey Balley

Chicago Symphony

Art on theMART

Josh Grossman

Dennis Watkins

Guillaume Côté

Barre Flow

Starry Opera Night

Saving Chagall