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Las Catalinas in Costa Rica Announces the Completion of Beach Town via Katherine Han by 360 Magazine

Las Catalinas Announces the Completion Beach Town

Las Catalinas Announces Completion of Beach Town Neighborhood Car-free seaside town in Costa Rica continues to innovate a better way of living

In 2006, the innovators behind a car-free town aspired to create a better way of life connecting people to nature in a place where 1,000 acres of a 1200-acre property would remain undeveloped as a tropical dry forest reserve. After  16 years of planning and construction,  that vision is now a reality with the completion of the neighborhood of Beach Town in Las Catalinas.  Referred to as one of the most important and beautiful new towns in the world by renowned Notre Dame School of Architecture Professor Douglas Duany, Las Catalinas is located in the northwestern province of Costa Rica.  Inspired by New Urbanism, the town offers a sustainable lifestyle that is influenced by the natural surroundings. Throughout its development, the town’s  commitment to nature remains as one of its main core values.

Consisting of approximately 150 single family residences, 14 mixed use buildings, and over a dozen commercial and civic buildings across 21 acres of land along the Pacific Coast, Beach Town is a high-density, car-free town. With friendly neighborhoods, walkable streets and plazas, and timeless architecture, Beach Town was conceptualized to combine leisure and urban living with an emphasis on the natural surroundings.  Beach Town is connected to two Pacific Ocean beaches and over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails in thriving tropical dry forests reserves. With a rich network of narrow passageways, stair streets and public plazas, the town weaves together 150 residences, two hotels, a beach club, eight restaurants and a variety of shops, offices and businesses centered on living well.  In 2022, The Congress for New Urbanism celebrated Beach Town with a Charter Award recognizing the town for achieving “more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.” Most activities, conversations and meals are enjoyed in the fresh air under shade trees or on the outdoor covered terraces within the timeless tropical architecture. The value placed on walkability and relationship to nature creates an engaging place to visit.

“While the radical idea to build a car-free town received pushback even from the initial design team, our walkable town now seems the most natural and preferred way to be,” said Roberto Villalobos, Sub-Director of Design and Construction for Las Catalinas.  “Car-free public realms invite natural sociability and freedom for children that can be enjoyed equally by all. The resulting density allows for more balanced natural-urban transects.  Beach Town’s minimal footprint creates a sustainable infrastructure not just for the natural environment, but also for an active and healthy lifestyle full of organic, human, and architectural beauty.”

Beach Town has come to life over the years and offers a vibrant and eclectic mix of retail businesses embracing a way of life that supports the natural fabric of town.  Beach Town Travel can arrange stays at the two hotels in town – Santarena Hotel and Posada San Rafael or with an array of villa options from flats to five-bedroom villas. The eight food and beverage venues located in Beach Town include Ponciana, Pots & Bowls, Pascual, Papagayo BrewHouse, La Taqueria at Beach Club, The Deli at Copper & Stone Gourmet, Cuatro Calle La Ronda and Coquelicot. The town’s boutique shops and stores include Las Catalinas Collection, Chunches Consignment, D’Aqui Design and Copper & Stone Gourmet Market. Beach Town also offers CORE by Chakfitness, Center of Joy, Pura Vida Ride, Wake Day Spa, ConnectOcean, BLP and Elif Academy for visitors and residents to enjoy.

Walk through Beach Town with founder Charles Brewer and the Town Architect team to learn about the challenges, successes and missteps made in planning and developing Beach Town in microphases. “Lessons will be applied as our eyes aim to the ambitious development of the remaining 180 acres of Las Catalinas all surrounded by our 1,000-acre natural tropical dry forest preserve,” Villalobos further explained.  “The next neighborhood underway includes El Prado where residences, mixed use buildings, parks, and neighborhoods have started vertical construction for an ambitious 600 buildings across 60 acres – most of which get panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and are surrounded by 40 kilometers of hiking and mountain biking trails.”

Located just east of Beach Town in El Prado, Lantana Residences is a collection of ocean view homes and flats built into the hillside. Set to begin construction in the second quarter of 2023, Lantana Residences are located in the second neighborhood in Las Catalinas on the hillside of El Prado. The residences flank a picturesque stair street and offer the most dramatic urban and ocean views in Las Catalinas. The residences are slated for completion in July 2025. Ranging from one to four bedrooms, Lantana Residences offer dramatic views, plentiful outdoor spaces, crafted interior finishes with spectacular architecture. Slanted rooftops, thick walls, high ceilings, clever ventilation, and other structural considerations provide respite from the outdoor elements in the Guanacaste tropical dry forest. Indoor and outdoor living spaces, pools, and outdoor terraces embrace the climate and allow for comfortable indoor and outdoor living. Wood and other materials used are from sustainable sources and all buildings are designed to be energy efficient.

The crowning jewel of the Lantana neighborhood is its stair-street architecture modeling pedestrian Mediterranean hill towns of the Old World. Not only are stair streets visually stunning, but they link people, places, and conversations together, providing an intricate tapestry that weaves lives together. Utilizing its intense sloping topography, Arosemena & Way Arquitectos designed the stair streets of Lantana to create a way for visitors and residents to explore the neighborhood from the shops, plazas, parks, and streets of lower levels of El Prado to the higher vistas, residences, and trail heads of the upper neighborhoods of El Prado. Highly visible from nearly all areas of town while offering a panoramic ocean and town view, the stair streets of Lantana enhance the pedestrian experience which is the cornerstone of Las Catalinas in encouraging interaction and engagement among residents and visitors.  The Lantana neighborhood will feature nine buildings and an intricate array of plazas, parks, and community pool. Residences offer a variety of floorplans ranging from 484 square feet to 3,843 square feet. For more information, email sales@lascatalinascr.com or 1-866-357-3872 or visit www.lantanaresidences.com.

About Las Catalinas, www.lascatalinascr.com

The conscious town of Las Catalinas is Costa Rica’s newest desirable beach town inspired by New Urbanist philosophy. The car-free, highly walkable town includes several inns and intimate hotels, shops, restaurants, retail, day spas, pedestrian streets, parks, plazas, and recreational facilities, all located between two of Costa Rica’s loveliest Pacific beaches and 1,000 acres of protected tropical dry forest, which are interlaced with extensive hiking and biking trails. Within the town, the walkable public spaces are interwoven with nature, and the architecture emphasizes indoor-outdoor living and scenic views. Cars are refreshingly absent. Founder Charles Brewer’s core values and beliefs include environmental stewardship, connection to one another and to the rhythms of nature, promotion of wellness, and an emphatic preference for quality of life over quantity of material possessions, understanding that the “good life” is not about material possessions but about human connections, good health, and ecological sustainability.

IDS Day consideration via Matt by 360 Magazine

For World AIDS Day Consideration

For World AIDS Day consideration: Body Hack presents Nuestros Lazos Festival, Dec 1-4

BODY HACK [A MUTUAL CARE RESOURCE & INTERNATIONAL FUNDRAISING COLLECTIVE FOR AND BY TRANS AND QUEER PEOPLE OF COLOR] ANNOUNCES NUESTROS LAZOS, A FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE THAT KICKS OFF ON WORLD AIDS DAY

This December, Body Hack joins forces with Kiki House of Prince, for the first time to create a spectacular festival complete with panels, workshops, the long-awaited Maxi Kiki Ball, and a dope afterparty, done Body Hack style! Through the activities around Nuestros Lazos Kiki Ball, we seek to provide relevant information and generate support networks with civil organizations that fight to eradicate the stigma against HIV in society; in the same way, to bring a positive message about the value of bodies and experiences of diverse people through art and performance.

Nuestros Lazos is a fundraising initiative that kicks off on World AIDS Day, bringing together community to benefit and celebrate our poz family. In this space, trans folks, people from the LGBTIQ+ community in general, migrants, afro-descendants, racialized people and more, who have found through Ballroom a platform for art and visibility, come together in a celebration of their identities, as well as in commemoration of the struggles that, as communities, continue to affect them. This year we are raising funds for Jóvenes Cambiando VIHdas, a network of mutual support by and for young people and adolescents living with HIV in Peru.

HIV is an important issue within the Ballroom community, as it is home to people living with the virus who are constantly struggling to cope with a society that discriminates against people based on their HIV status. This reality is faced through actions and information from our platforms, since it is necessary and imperative to impact the community and society in general to maintain an active and visible fight regarding this cause. 

Originally a happy hour for trans and nonbinary people set in a tiny Brooklyn dive bar, Body Hack has grown into a transnational project seeking to model a world where trans communities can thrive interdependently. Now a collective, Body Hack throws parties in-person and virtually over Zoom, creating dedicated spaces for trans people to gather, celebrate, and extend support to one another. Each party doubles as a fundraiser for a trans-related initiative, raising over $100k across 20 events in the last three years. 

Established in 2019, Kiki House of Prince is the Pioneer house of the Peruvian ballroom scene.

They have organized some of the first balls in Peru, and are disseminators of ballroom culture as a form of resistance and community development. Kiki House of Prince has the support of institutions such as Harvard University, Cayetano Heredia University, UCLA, and UNAIDS; which, through our network of contacts, will participate in the events that seek to generate awareness, education, prevention, and community outreach for the optimal and responsible development of our event and ball. 

Girl Vow × NYC Annual Candle Light Vigil via 360 MAGAZINE

Girl Vow × NYC Annual Candle Light Vigil

Girl Vow, Inc. Presents the Second NYC Annual Candle Light Vigil for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls

Girl Vow & The National Taskforce for Missing & Murdered Women & Girls of Color is hosting the Second NYC Annual Candle Light Vigil for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls on November 4, 2022, from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM to be held at the City Hall Park located at Broadway near Chambers Street.

In light of so many recent missing girls of color in New York and around the nation, Girl Vow is launching a task force, consisting of a well-cultivated team, to tackle the issues head-on: why are our girls going missing, how can we take these important issues more seriously, and also address preventative measures? Our bill S6924 and A8347 is written to examine the perplexing gender-based issues that have been overlooked for far too long.

As reported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2019, there were 421,394 missing children in the database. Almost 75% of those missing children were females, 205,802 were black females. Latinx are statistically invisible and considered white.

The National Taskforce for Missing and Murdered Women and Girls of Color is a response to solving the pervasive silence when girls/women of color are missing, murdered, and unnoticed. Our mission is to organize to advance beyond the issues of colorism, racial, economic, and structural oppression with communities at the helm of change.

It’s sad that we even live in a time when this topic is even being discussed but what’s even sadder is the look in these girls’ eyes when they truly believe that they are not as important to the community or even to society in a whole because of the color of there skin. Why do our girls have to feel as if they are not important? Why do our girls have to strive more fight stronger and work harder just to survive in life? Why do families of girls in our community feel alone?

It is our responsibility as a community to take care of each other. The silence that is present when women and girls of color go missing, is not acceptable. We must amplify our voice together to effectively raise awareness, in addition to exercising all necessary resources to combat this issue.

Learn more at www.girlvow.org & follow Girl Vow on IG at @girlvow

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL RUN OF THE SHOW

“What About Us?”

Host: Dawn Rowe – Founder of Girl Vow, Inc. and the National Taskforce for Missing & Murdered Women and Girls of Color
Date: Friday, November 4th | 5:45 PM-7PM |
Confirmed Speakers: This is not the order of speakers. The order will change

1. EnriqueRivera(FatherofFoundScarlettRivera)
2. WCJARev.Sharon(Women’sAdvocate)
3. Rose(MotherofMissingChelseaCobo)
4. Allen & Rita (Father & Mother of Missing Leanne Marie Hausberg) 5. DawnBaker(MotherofMissingTijaeBaker)

6. LauraMullen-EmpowerLi
7. Michel T. Buckley (Advocate)
8. DawnRoweCEO
9. AssemblyMemberNataliaFernandez
10. Bounty Hunters (2) (Wolf and ACE)
11. Kimberly Tucker, friend of (formerly missing) Skylar 12.Council Member Rita Joseph
13.nDr. Victoria Phillips – Founder of Visionary V 14.New York City Speaker Adrienne Adams

YOUTH SPEAKERS (Speeches)

Kylasia
Niaeme
India

DRAFT RUN OF SHOW:
5:45PM – Opening Prayer (2-3 Minutes)

5:48PM – Opening Remarks by Dawn Rowe (3 Minutes)

5:50PM – Each Speaker 3-4 Minutes approx. 60 Minutes
6:51PM – Moment of Silence
6:52PM – Reading of Names

6:56PM – Closing Remarks

Nathan Hochman × Death Row Records via 360 MAGAZINE

Nathan Hochman × Death Row Records

Nathan Hochman’s Bus Tour Stops In Venice Beach to Announce the Endorsement of Death Row Records Co-Founder at a Press Conference on Wednesday

The Nathan Hochman for California Attorney General “Experience Matters: Stop The Spiral of Lawlessness” nine-day, statewide bus tour is stopping in Venice Beach on Wednesday morning for a press conference where he will announce the endorsement of the co-founder of Death Row Records, Michael Harris, and be joined by a representative of the LA Sheriff’s Office, and a mother who lost her only child to fentanyl poisoning.

The Press Conference was held on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Venice Beach (2100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291). Members attended include Attorney General candidate Nathan Hochman, Co-Founder of Death Row Records Michael Harris, Lieutenant Geoffrey Deedrick from the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Services Team, and Perla Mendoza who lost her only child to fentanyl poisoning. 

Follow the updates from the bus tour on Hochman’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nathanhochmanforag/

About Hochman: 

Hochman has served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California and as a US Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice. Hochman has also worked as a civil litigator, defense and appellate attorney, and general counsel, and clerked for a US District Court Judge. His years of community involvement include membership on numerous charitable boards and serving as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.  

Learn more about Hochman: https://www.nathanhochman.com/about/

THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT NAMES GERMANE BARNES via 360 MAGAZINE

MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT × GERMANE BARNES

THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT NAMES GERMANE BARNES 

WINNER OF THE 2022 ANNUAL NEIGHBORHOOD COMMISSION

Barnes’ winning installation, Rock | Roll, is designed to celebrate the communities who shape Miami’s vibrant, one-of-a-kind culture

Today the Miami Design District is pleased to announce that Germane Barnes has been awarded the 2022 Miami Design District Annual Neighborhood Commission. Following a competitive, invitation-only proposal process directed by curators Anava Projects, Miami Design District has selected the Miami-based architect’s concept, Rock | Roll, to be realized across the neighborhood’s public spaces, debuting in November for Miami Art Week and extending into the new year.  

The curatorial brief for the year, Something to Talk About, called for neighborhood-wide site-specific design interventions that spotlight Miami-centric stories while also enlivening visitors’ experience of the Miami Design District during its busiest season. In response, Barnes conceived Rock | Roll as a multifaceted, multi-scale installation that draws on the vibrant visual language of Miami Carnival to honor the BIPOC communities that have substantially contributed to Miami’s one-of-a-kind, polyethnic culture, from the city’s earliest foundations to today. 

For the neighborhood’s central pedestrian corridors, Barnes designed a series of whimsical, larger-than-life seating capsules that rock back-and-forth when activated by users and feature colorful, shaggy surfaces reminiscent of Carnival’s hallmark feathered costumes. With a nod to steel drums and the infectious joy of Soca music, Barnes has also designed brightly hued wind chimes, hundreds of which will be hung like melody-making ornaments in the lush native trees and palms planted throughout the neighborhood. 

Fabricated by ALT BLD, Rock | Roll includes an architectural-scale, free-floating dome that recalls a giant disco ball in both form and function. Suspended far overhead and animated by light and sound, the shiny, faceted structure will serve as a programmatic marker to an outdoor gathering space dedicated to sharing and enjoying community-driven storytelling. For the duration of the Rock | Roll installation, the space will host Carnival-inspired playlists as well as a talks series developed in collaboration with University of Miami’s Center for Global Black Studies and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Program to be announced.

Barnes notes: “I saw this project as an opportunity to celebrate the unique character of the city that has become my adopted home and the subject of much of my most prominent research. Rock | Roll is an ode to the joyful spirit that persists in Miami’s Black communities—a spirit of self-care that is so perfectly embodied in Miami Carnival culture. This city would not be what it is today without significant contributions from people who, on the one hand, look like me, and on the other reflect deep ties to places beyond Miami, especially the Caribbean and Latin America. The moral to the story is that there is space for everyone here.”

“We are proud to welcome Germane Barnes’ Rock|Roll to the neighborhood and spotlight this tremendous Miami talent making international waves,” says Craig Robins, President and CEO of Dacra. Each year, our Annual Neighborhood Commission invites creative visionaries to harness the power of art, design, and culture to provide original, engaging experiences for all our guests. The imaginative, local focus of this year’s site-specific installation is going to be a lot of fun.”

According to curators Anava Projects, “One of the things we admire most about Germane and his practice—and there are many—is his community-engaged approach, which exemplifies the most exciting directions in the field at this moment. His work is at once accessible and poetic, critical and uplifting. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with him.

The first Miami-based talent to be selected for the Miami Design District Neighborhood Commission since its launch in 2015, Barnes is a Chicago-born, University of Illinois- and Woodbury University-trained architect regarded for his propositional practice dedicated to mining the ways that race and architecture entwine, implicitly and explicitly, historically and today. Barnes’ recent prestigious honors include the Rome Prize in Architecture, the Harvard Wheelwright Prize, the Architectural League Prize, and an inaugural grant from Theaster Gates and Prada’s Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab. In addition to running his independent eponymous studio, Barnes is an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture

The Miami Design District is committed to enriching the neighborhood through cultural interventions that in turn support talented artists and creatives. Now in its eighth year, the Miami Design District’s Annual Design Commission is a family-friendly event intended to draw the community together. Past winners include: Studio Proba and Enjoy the Weather’s TomorrowLand (2021); gt2P’s Conscious Actions (2020); Fernando Laposse’s Pink Beasts (2019); Dozie Kanu’s Support System (2018); Charlap Hyman & Herrero’s White Rain (2017); Philippe Malouin’s The Speed of Light (2016); and Snarkitecture’s Holiday (2015).

GERMANE BARNES via 360 MAGAZINE
GERMANE BARNES via 360 MAGAZINE
Susan G komen partner proceeds via 360 Magazine

Susan G. Komen Partner Proceeds

Each year, Susan G. Komen®, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, gathers products and services from its partners during Breast Cancer Awareness Month to continue our commitment to help fund research and care services that support people living with breast cancer. Proceeds from these products support individuals living with breast cancer through their diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.


GT + Komen Echelon® GT+ Connect Bike — Susan G. Komen Edition

$899.99

The Echelon GT+ Connect Bike – Susan G. Komen Edition incorporates the historic color of breast cancer awareness. With a padded comfort seat, ergonomic bullhorn handlebars, and 32 resistances levels, the GT+ delivers an impactful workout experience while supporting a great cause. Pair with the Echelon membership for live and on-demand cycling classes led by motivating instructors and compete on the Leaderboard with members from around the world. A portion of every Echelon bike sale will be donated to Susan G. Komen!

Echelon x Komen Metal Water Bottle
$14.99

The Echelon x Komen stylish metal water bottle will keep your drink hot or cold, whether working out or on the go.

Echelon x Komen 2lb. Dumbbells
$19.99
These dumbbells feature an easy-grip neoprene coating, which helps ensure a secure hold during use. The rubber-like coating also helps protect floors and allows the weights to be used both indoors and out.

Echelon x Komen Exercise Mat
$19.99

Enjoy the perfect balance of comfort and a supportive surface while you work out on our moisture resistance exercise mat.

National Tree Company 4ft. Tinsel Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree

$29.99

Featuring hundreds of individually crafted branch tips to create full bodied branches, this tree is designed to look and feel lifelike. Features 70 white lights that remain lit even when a bulb goes out. The lights are strung on the tree before packaging, offering an easier, more convenient set up.   

Natura Bissé Nourishing Natural Balm

$54.00

Made from 100% ingredients of natural origins, this balm deeply moisturizes your skin helping to promote its suppleness, softness, and beauty. Formulated with mango and shea butters, vitamins and antioxidants, it visibly improves the appearance of rough, dry or scaly skin and contributes to provide an incredible feeling of well-being.

Mohawk Flooring SmartCushion

Pricing Varies

Get the softest step possible by adding SmartCushionTM to your carpet purchase. Mohawk’s exclusively engineered carpet cushion enhances the feel and performance of your carpet and adds 20 years to your warranty. Mohawk manufactures both carpet and cushion, so you can be sure you’ll get a perfect match for your new Mohawk carpet while supporting a great cause.

Wacoal Bras with a Cause

Pricing Varies

From October 23, 2022 through October 29, 2022, Wacoal will conduct its 2022 Wacoal Bras with a Cause promotion and will donate a portion of sales to Komen for every regularly-priced Wacoal bra and b.tempt’d bra sold online.

The Kent Bicycles 26″ Women’s Susan G. Komen Floral Cruiser Bike

$248.00

The Kent Bicycles 26″ Floral Cruiser has a sturdy step-thru steel frame for easy on and off. It’s perfect for the boardwalk or a neighborhood adventure and with seven speeds, you won’t get stuck pushing it up hills. Front and rear alloy linear pull-brakes make stopping easy.

GT + Komen Echelon® GT+ Connect Bike — Susan G. Komen Edition
$899.99

The Echelon GT+ Connect Bike – Susan G. Komen Edition incorporates the historic color of breast cancer awareness. With a padded comfort seat, ergonomic bullhorn handlebars, and 32 resistances levels, the GT+ delivers an impactful workout experience while supporting a great cause. Pair with the Echelon membership for live and on-demand cycling classes led by motivating instructors and compete on the Leaderboard with members from around the world. A portion of every Echelon bike sale will be donated to Susan G. Komen!

Lids Foundation × Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore joined elected officials and community leaders to break ground on the new Mace’s Lane Community Center. The state-of-art Center will be home to a one-of-a-kind, a generational project that is designed to honor the history of the African American educational experience in Cambridge, while inspiring the next generation.

The groundbreaking ceremony included guest speakers Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland, LajanCephas, Acting Mayor, and Cambridge Commissioner, Pastor Keith Cornish, President, Mace’s Lane Community Center, Inc., Jeff Breslin, President, and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan. Baltimore, and Nik Tatum, Chair, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore Board of Directors.

“This new community center is just one of the many important redevelopment projects happening in Cambridge, and another way that we are honoring the commitment we made eight years ago when I was first running for governor,” said, Governor Hogan. “I said then that if I was elected, the war on rural Maryland would be over, and communities that had been ignored and neglected would no longer be forgotten. I meant what I said, our administration has consistently proven that over and over again, and we are doing that once again here in Cambridge.”

The new Center is designed to foster inclusive community participation and provide an environmentally safe and friendly facility for the arts, education, recreation, celebration, and locally based human services to increase opportunities for the personal and collective growth of the Dorchester County community.

The former Mace’s Lane High School building will be repurposed and redeveloped to serve as a 16,000 square foot community center. The facility will include multiple meeting rooms to facilitate training as well as organizational meetings, a full-size gymnasium which can also be used as an auditorium for larger events such as concerts and banquets, Incubator space for local community-based programs, and a museum depicting the history of Maces Lane High School and the education of the African American community during segregation and after integration.

“Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore is proud to partner with the Cambridge community, the Mace’s Lane Community Center, Inc., and the many alumni that are helping to bring the vision for this state-of-the-art facility to life.  We stand ready to continue our support of the Cambridge community and look forward to expanding Boys & Girls Club programs in the renovated Mace’s Lance Community Center and Boys & Girls Club.” said Jeff Breslin, President & CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore. Guests received a commemorative hat, provided by LIDS. The LIDS Foundation is a supporter of the Mace’s Lane project.

Once known as Mace’s Lane High School during times of segregation, the facility was an all-African-American high school that opened in 1952, and continued to be a segregated high school until 1969. During that time, all African-American students that lived in Dorchester County, MD were required to attend this school, until the County was forced to integrate in 1969, this would later become a junior high school until 2004. Eventually, a new middle school was built from the ground up and since then, the original Mace’s Lane High School has been abandoned and empty.

“We are preserving our rich history, inspiring our community, and empowering our youth for success,” said Tyrus Farrow, Sr. Project Manager for Mace’s Lane.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Maryland

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maryland (BGCMD) is a relentless champion for youth across the entire state, doing whatever it takes to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full
potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs across Maryland play a critical role in meeting the needs of youth and families in their communities at more than sixty locations in thirteen counties, with plans to expand our footprint
to reach more than 45,000 youth in all 23 counties.

Consisting of nine independent organizations, BGCMD exists to unite and strengthen the efforts of individual Boys & Girls Clubs by enhancing our shared brand, facilitating collaboration, securing large-scale financial support, and identify ways to serve more young people in Maryland.

Learn more and get involved HERE

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMetro) ensure every child has access to a great future by providing caring mentors, a safe environment, high-quality programs, and unique experiences. BGC Metro’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. BGC Metro serves over 650 youth annually in nine Club locations including Baltimore City, Salisbury, Laurel, Pocomoke City, and Cambridge.

Travel graphic via Samantha Miduri for use by 360 Magazine

2023 ZEITZ MOCAA × UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE MUSEUM

The 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme call for applications officially opens on 15 June 2022.

This call marks the second iteration of the year-long programme, developed to educate a new generation of art and museum professionals from Africa. With the aim to foster the growth of curatorial practice and advance scholarship on contemporary art discourse from the continent, the programme offers fellows exposure to museum practice facilitated by Zeitz MOCAA senior staff and is underpinned by rigorous academic scholarship at UWC’s Department of History and Centre for Humanities Research (CHR). 

“We are pleased to once again be collaborating with the University of the Western Cape on this incredible initiative to educate the next generation of exhibition makers and curatorial thinkers. We remain committed to merging scholarship on contemporary art production and circulation from Africa and its diaspora and hope to contribute to a new group of skilled professionals looking to work within museums, galleries, art centres, private and public collection management, biennials, art publishing, festivals, universities and more,” says Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz MOCAA

During the 12-month Museum Fellowship Programme, fellows will engage in discourse around contemporary art, curatorial practice, art education, conservation, heritage and museology from Africa and the African diaspora. They will study and work with both institutions towards an accredited BA Honours qualification. This includes enrolling in courses on historiography, curatorship, museums, heritage and public history at UWC’s Department of History as well as obtaining work experience at Zeitz MOCAA in the Curatorial, Collections & Exhibition Management, Art Education and Institutional Advancement departments. Successful fellows will actively contribute to the research, planning, execution and management of museum projects, ranging from exhibitions, publishing and public programming to art education and fundraising.

“It is fitting that applications for the 2023 Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme opens one day before South Africa’s Youth Day on 16 June and during Youth Month. Our aim is to continue promoting narratives that are important to the building of artistic and curatorial communities and this feeds directly into the South African government’s goals of developing plans for a more effective arts and culture curriculum and supporting income and funding models for arts and culture initiatives,” says Rory Bester, Associate Professor in the Department of History at UWC.

The Fellowship begins in January 2023 and is open to individuals who are citizens of an African country. It covers the costs of tuition, accommodation, basic health insurance and a monthly stipend. Travel to South Africa and visa costs are not included. 

Applications for the 2023 programme close on 15 July 2022 and successful applicants will be contacted directly by 5 September 2022. Only the first 150 applications received will be considered for review.

For more information and to apply, visit zeitzmocaa.museum

Zeitz MOCAA and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) celebrate diversity in all its forms, including gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation. 

The Zeitz MOCAA & University of the Western Cape (UWC) Museum Fellowship Programme is supported by Zeitz MOCAA, the University of the Western Cape, AKO Foundation and Africa No Filter.

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Five Tips for Starting a Career in Orthopedics

Orthopedic students are under immense pressure to perform well in their studies, residencies and fellowship programs. High test scores and almost inhuman strength is required to work through intense years of preparation for a career in the medical field.

After completing all these prerequisites, students may wonder what comes next. How can budding practitioners jumpstart their careers and set themselves up for success?

What Is Orthopedics?

Orthopedics is the study of the human structural system, including bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Orthopedic doctors and surgeons handle dysfunction in these body systems, including cases like arthritis, ACL tears, spine issues and rotator cuff pain.

Becoming an orthopedic surgeon takes many years of preparation. However, this field is incredibly well-paid, vying with neuroscientists and dermatologists for top pay in the medical world. After completing med school, students complete a residency and fellowship before obtaining certification to work as orthopedists.

Orthopedic surgeons usually decide to specialize in a specific kind of service, such as pediatrics or sports orthopedics. Some subspecialize and focus on a single body part, like hands or the spine. The most complicated subspecialties are hand and tumor-focused.

Orthopedic surgeons can choose to work in the academic world or join a private practice. In academics, orthopedists perform surgeries and work with medical students as part of their education. Those who focus on private practice have a lot more say in their career, but they also experience the pressures of the business side of medicine.

Starting a career in orthopedics is an exciting step for recently certified medical students, but it comes with many challenges. Like most careers, a job in orthopedics is closely connected to a physician’s character, decision-making skills and quality of engagement with others. Here are five tips for starting a successful career in orthopedics.

1. Keep a Business Mindset

Every orthopedic surgeon should develop a business mindset to set their practice up for success, even in the academic arena. Although it may be tempting to take the first job that pays well, new orthopedic surgeons should plan for the long term with their career decisions.

Orthopedists should consider how their decisions today will affect them 10-15 years down the road. This is important when working in general or specialized orthopedics – usually, general positions do not shift into specialized jobs over time.

Dealing with medical contracts can be tricky, so it’s a good idea to hire a lawyer to help you make the best decision. Some agreements are restrictive, meaning that if orthopedists stopped working for a local group, they would have to move to continue practicing in their field.

Everything must be clearly laid out in writing, with no surprises or loopholes. A tight contract is especially important for ironing out compensation and understanding your role within the workplace.

2. Never Stop Learning

One of the most valuable steps a new orthopedist can take is to adopt a learning mindset. Orthopedic medicine moves quickly, as technological and medical innovations are developed each year. Orthopedists and other doctors should stay on top of new research so they can serve their patients to the best of their ability.

Research on highly successful orthopedists shows that they value personal growth and contribute heavily to orthopedic research. Their decisions to step into leadership roles were not driven primarily by a desire to make more money or move to a different location. In addition to caring for others, successful orthopedists also take excellent care of themselves physically.

Mentors in their field can be a wonderful source of support for new orthopedists. Education does not match years of experience, and working with a mentor brings many growth opportunities. Orthopedists should look for advisers with qualities they want to imitate, such as a strong moral character, good time management and excellent interpersonal skills.

Developing strong leadership and decision-making skills is another key to having a successful career as an orthopedist. Making the final call on surgeries and other serious health decisions is a skill that develops with time and practice. Orthopedists should weigh these decisions carefully to keep the respect of their community.

3. Invest in Your Community

Your success relies on whether others trust you with their medical problems. Your reputation is the lifeblood of your practice. Your co-workers and staff can be your best support or your worst enemy, depending on how you treat them.

Around half of new orthopedists change jobs within two years of starting their careers. If you can, it’s best to stay in the same location long term so you can build a strong community with patients and local medical practitioners. With that in mind, only consider job offers in places where you could see yourself staying a long time.

Connecting with other medical practitioners in the area is vital to your success as a young orthopedist. Reach out to colleagues and offer yourself as a supporting service. In addition to this initial connection, try to be as available as possible when you first start your practice. High availability makes it easy for doctors to refer patients to you and quickly benefit from your support.

Finally, the best way to invest in your community is by giving excellent care to patients. In addition to professional referrals, doctors also gain patients by word-of-mouth. Make yourself known as a trustworthy resource for people who are hurting, and then follow through. Your reputation will follow you when you move locations, so its value can’t be overemphasized.

4. Take Care of Yourself

Orthopedists are paid well in part because of their crazy hours. Like many other medical professionals, they are generally overworked, with little time to call their own. Although you may be eager to prove yourself when you first start out, you won’t be able to function at your best without taking time for self-care.

Remember that highly successful orthopedists prioritize their personal health. Having a fitness routine and consuming a balanced, nutritious diet will help you think more clearly, respond to stressful situations and manage your emotions. As orthopedists know, the human body is not a machine you can use perpetually without self-care and recharging.

Individuals who work long hours should ensure they’re not prioritizing work over their personal lives. Spend time with family and friends, block out time for vacation and practice good time-management skills to make the most of your life.

Orthopedists who are just starting may find it challenging to take time for self-care. Working as a doctor means a high level of responsibility – you can’t ever decide you’re too tired to show up to work. However, you can structure your days so time off is possible. It is unreasonable for doctors to push themselves 24/7 and not expect their work and personal health to suffer.

5. Build Authority With Humility

Orthopedists fresh out of a fellowship or residency are often anxious to prove themselves. They know a lot but don’t have much experience yet, and the tension of trying to find their place in the medical community can be overwhelming.

New orthopedists need to stay humble in the midst of change and this new life season. It’s OK not to know how to do everything and carefully make decisions about what job to take and which contract to sign. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness – it’s often a sign of wisdom.

A key component of an orthopedist’s success lies in their relationships with staff and other medical practitioners. Practicing humility and kindness is incredibly important for getting off on the right foot and setting the tone for your professional life. Good leaders can also recognize when they’ve made a mistake and aren’t too proud to confront the issue and apologize.

Authority and humility go hand in hand in doctor/patient relationships. Humility doesn’t mean a lack of trust in yourself but rather a degree of respect for others’ thoughts, emotions and opinions. Patients trust orthopedists who are humble much more than doctors who won’t listen to them and act like they know everything.

Launching Your Practice

Opening a career in orthopedics is exciting and terrifying at the same time. Fortunately, many supportive resources are available to help young orthopedists build their careers. Follow these five tips to launch a medical career that will continue to grow and benefit patients and fellow medical practitioners for many years.

Euphoria.LGBT Unveils A New Campaign

Euphoria.LGBT unveils a new campaign inspired by the Pronouns for Transgender Awareness Week

Euphoria.LGBT, Inc. is launching a new tagline, “Become who you are,” intending to synthesize the message from the transgender community to the world. The quest of the transgender community to recognize, accept, and embrace their true identity is an inspiration for each of us to dare to become who we are. This message is intrinsic to the transgender community but touches a much wider audience, from LGBTQIA+ people to all others who walk this earth. Because of miseducation and external pressure, many are scared to express who they truly are and spend their life misaligned with their soul. “Become who you are” is an invitation for everyone to live with honesty, acceptance, and courage.

To endorse this inclusive brand message, Euphoria’s first campaign is inspired by the Pronouns. It features first names from different cultures. Inside each of these names is highlighted one Pronoun. Sometimes the pronoun appears to be aligned with the original gender of the name and sometimes misaligned with it. The campaign is an invitation to respect the transgender community and everyone’s unique ownership of identity. Gender transition often starts with a pronoun and be thought of as the opening words to a story of self-acceptance and becoming oneself.

Euphoria.LGBT is a tech ecosystem for the transgender community to alleviate the great pains associated with gender transition. Euphoria’s platform includes Solace, Bliss, Catharsis, Windfall, Clarity, and Devotion. Each app offers a pragmatic solution to a specific facet of the odyssey that is transition and provides critical support and nurtures the trans souls in their courageous journey.

The transgender community is estimated to be between 2 and 6 million souls across the United States, with the global population estimated to be close to 160 million. This community is often misunderstood and stigmatized because of a lack of education in our society.

Robbi Katherine, Euphoria.LGBT Founder: “Pronouns are foundational elements of communication for every human being. For the transgender community, pronouns offer an acknowledgment of one’s truest self. These words are often the first and perhaps the most enduring reflection of the transgender soul. Pronouns are more than just words; they are portraits.”