Graphic novels increasing in popularity

The Hennepin County Library’s graphic novel section has grown so much that there is a plan to give graphic novels their own section at all 41 libraries in the county this year.

Winter Photo Contest -- win $50, $30 or $20

Winter break is right around the corner and we have had our first big snowstorms. Grab your boots and hat, sled and ice skates — and a camera!

Take pictures of your favorite winter activity or scene and enter up to three photos in ThreeSixty’s first-ever photo contest. Win $50 for 1st place, $30 for 2nd and $20 for 3rd.

Training visual students in high quality journalism

Upon taking the position at ThreeSixty this past July, I had no previous experience in journalism. In fact, the students from this summer probably had more training in journalism than me.


Minnesota State Fair photo trivia

Test your Fair skills with ThreeSixty’s Minnesota State Fair photo trivia

Japanese comics and cartoons -- manga and anime -- growing in popularity with American teens

It is 2:45 on a Thursday afternoon and a group of teenagers are sitting around in a circle at the Brookdale library, laughing and talking. They all have one thing in common: their love for manga — Japanese comic books. They are gathering for their weekly manga club meeting, and are part of a growing trend that is spreading all throughout libraries and schools everywhere.

The advisor, Brookdale Teen Librarian Alicia Anderson, starts off the meeting with a manga-related game; the winners earning Japanese Hello Kitty sodas. They then dive into their discussion of the manga book that was passed out at the last meeting, “The Sand Chronicles.” It is a story with some romance and tragedy, and overall realistic. Manga stories deal with every theme possible, even though they are thought to be mostly science-fiction and fantasy stories.

"Hard Rain" hits hard

On July 20, 1969 at 9:32 in the morning, people across America were looking at television footage of the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the moon. While that was going on, British photographer Mark Edwards was lost while on assignment in the Sahara Desert.

Edwards was very lucky to be rescued by a Tuareg nomad, who took him back to the nomad’s camp, brought out a cassette player from his hut and played a song by Bob Dylan — “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall.” While listening to the Dylan song about the dangers of nuclear war, Edwards imagined connecting the lyrics and his own photographs of environmental damage to the earth. “I’ll walk to the depths of the deepest black forest…,’’ Dylan sang. “Where hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten.”

Teens find summer jobs as artists

Summer generally includes lots of sunshine, lots of spare time, and lots of job applications for many teens. Reluctantly, teens often turn to frying foods and selling shirts to earn money.

Fortunately for some creative teens an alternative to the fast food and retail routines exists with ArtsWork, a youth employment program developed by COMPAS, a local arts education organization.

ArtsWork hires aspiring young artists during the summer to create pieces of art to sell. Apprentice work ranges from performances, like theatre and dance, to photography, painting, mosaics and more.

Walker teen council makes things happen

A bag of Doritos, a child’s purse, and an award given to an Enron employee a month before the energy company’s collapse. A group of Twin Cities teens has linked them together in the Corruption Collection, which is on display at the Walker Art Center’s Bazinet lobby until June 29.

The Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC), a group of 14 teens who meet every Thursday, assembled the collection after learning about the art of collecting from artists David Bartley and Matthew Bakkom.

Since 1994, the Walker has supported a small group of art-minded teens as part of teen programs designed to attract high school students and young artists. It’s one way the museum seeks to train and inspire the next generation of artists, connoisseurs and art lovers. Teens interview artists, organize events and post blogs, music reviews, upcoming concerts, and their own work to WACTAC’s Web site

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