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Enter the InSights Art Competition <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/rx0u37M_LUg/enter-insights-art-competition.html>

Posted: 19 Feb 2009 04:54 AM PST


       APH InSights 2009: Visions From the Mind

*Eighteenth Annual Juried Art Competition and Exhibition for Artists Who Are Visually Impaired or Blind*

Deadlines for Entry: April 1, 2009, for Preschool through High School and April 15, 2009, for Adults.

*Create a World All Your Own--Enter APH InSights 2009!*
The American Printing House for the Blind (APH) invites visually impaired and blind artists of all ages to submit one artwork each to APH InSights 2009! This art competition and exhibition is exclusively for blind artists and draws entries from across the U.S. and around the world.

Please review the rules to find out how you or your students can participate.

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       Rules and Application Forms

   * 2009 InSights Competition Rules <http://www.aph.org/museum/rules.html>
   * Preschool through High School use Entry Form A
     <http://www.aph.org/museum/entry_a.html>
   * Adults use Entry Form B <http://www.aph.org/museum/entry_b.html>

Tips for the Care and Keeping of the American Flag <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/sfQbgWxjjys/tips-for-care-and-keeping-of-american.html>

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 12:42 PM PST

Did you know that your flag should not be flown after dark unless it is properly lit? Did you know that displaying the flag with the Union, or field of blue, facing down is considered a distress signal and should only occur in case of imminent and grave danger? There are some other tips you might be interested in learning, regarding the care and keeping of Old Glory.

If it rains, or other bad weather occurs, the flag should be taken down. It should always be kept clean and dry. A flag that is made from weather resistant material may be flown in bad weather, but some people see doing so as a sign of disrespect, despite the fact that the flag will not be damaged.

No other flag should be displayed above or at the same height of the U.S. flag.

Out of respect, the flag should never be allowed to touch the ground, or even to skim the ground, a floor, water, or anything else that rests beneath it.

When a flag has seen better days, it should be respectfully disposed of. The preferred method has in the past been to burn the flag. With radicals today burning the flag in protest, it is especially important to show respect when a flag is being dispatched.

The flag may be displayed on any day of the year, but it is especially befitting for special occasions including Independence Day.

When displaying your flag, if it is hung flat rather than from a flagstaff, the Union should be viewed on the observer's left (whether the flag is horizontal or vertical). Blind people may want to mark their flags with a safety pin or something to insure correct orientation.

When storing your flag when it is not in use, take care to keep it from becoming dusty or otherwise soiled or damaged. A torn or soiled or otherwise damaged American flag should not be displayed.


       Patriotic Melodies

This site, from the Library of Congress's Performing Arts Encyclopedia, offers an exhibition revealing the background of many of the most famous tunes in our nation's history. Gentle Subscribers will discover an informative collection of material on these evocative songs.

"Patriotic Melodies tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience."

The exhibit provides information on more than two dozen best-loved songs, from the stirring notes of Aaron Copeland's /Fanfare of the Common Man/ to the heart-tugging strains of /America the Beautiful/ and Irving Berlin's /God Bless America/. Some of the selections, particularly those performed by armed forces bands, are available for download in MP3 and RealAudio formats. Not only the strictly patriotic songs of the title appear in the exhibit, but some which are intertwined in the cultural fabric of the nation, like /I'll Be Home for Christmas/ and /Yankee Doodle/. Each selection is treated individually, with historical background, images of the composer if available, sheet music and links to more in-depth material.

Click this link to visit the exhibit to look and listen to some of America's most iconic songs at: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/patriotic/patriotic-home.html <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/patriotic/patriotic-home.html>.


       AllNationalAnthems

Here's a site that is sure to be a hit in the classroom. AllNationalAnthems is a Yahoo Maps and YouTube mashup website where you can find and hear anthems for any country in the world. Simply search by country name or locate the country on the map. Each country has a dedicated page with a YouTube video and information on the anthem.

Click this link to visit http://www.allnationalanthems.com <http://www.allnationalanthems.com>.

APH InSights Art Holiday Cards <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/PIRSPUH_YAE/aph-insights-art-holiday-cards.html>

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 11:54 AM PST


       Winter Solace APH InSights Art Holiday Card

This holiday card features serene artwork by visually impaired adult artist, Lucille "Honey" Knechtel. The printed/tactile card features a bridge over a snowy river and the print/braille message: "Wishing you a beautiful holiday season." Each set of cards includes a braille insert with the name of the artwork and artist. Ten cards with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Winter Solace:
Catalog Number: W-HDCD-AD


       May Your Light Shine APH InSights Art Holiday Card

Holiday card features the artwork of Margo Langohr, an 81-year-old visually impaired artist. This inspirational painting depicts a woman reaching toward a shooting star. Die-cut, tactile star shape. Print/braille greeting reads "May Your Light Shine...."10 cards (all of one design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

May Your Light Shine:
Catalog Number: W-HDCD-AA


       Sunset on a Ski Slope APH InSights Art Holiday Card

Depicts a hillside covered with snow and evergreen trees. By Barbara Zochowski, a visually impaired student artist. Die-cut and embossed trees. Print message reads: "May the Joy of Your Holidays Be Evergreen...." 10 cards (all of one design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Sunset on a Ski Slope:
Catalog Number: W-HDCD-AB


       Sun Flower APH InSights Art Birthday Card

Highlights Sun Flower, a print by visually impaired adult artist Grace Jacobian. Flower is printed and embossed. Print/braille message reads: "Sunny Wishes on Your Birthday!" Five cards(all of one design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Sun Flower:
Catalog Number: W-BDCD-SF

Click here to purchase these items through our Quick Order Entry page: http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp <http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp>

If you need assistance, click this link to read the Fred's Head Companion post "Purchasing Products From The APH Website Is Easy" <http://tinyurl.com/9ezka>.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx>
Web site: http://www.aph.org

APH InSights Art Note Cards <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/KNC10vzd63w/aph-insights-art-note-cards.html>

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 11:51 AM PST


       The Gathering APH InSights Art Note Card

This blank note card features a delightful artwork by a visually impaired second grader who has depicted her family holding hands. Card has no print or braille message. Easy to braille with a slate and stylus. The card is printed on heavy stock and includes a braille insert with the name of the artwork and artist. 10 cards with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

The Gathering:
Catalog Number: W-NTCD-AF


       Cold Winter Forest Note Card

Created from a painting by Mike Douglas, a visually impaired student, this blank note card depicts a snow-covered forest with birds flying overhead. Print/braille legend. Six cards with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Cold Winter Forest:
Catalog Number: W-NTCD-AA


       Mm Mm Good (apple) and Others APH InSights Art Note Cards

Set of blank note cards features two-dimensional artworks of five visually impaired students and adults from across the U.S. Print/braille legend. Five cards (one of each design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Apple:
Catalog Number: W-NTCD-AC


       Storyteller and Others APH InSights Art Note Cards

Set of blank note cards features three-dimensional artworks of five visually impaired students and adults from across the U.S. Print/braille legend. Five cards (one of each design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Storyteller:
Catalog Number: W-NTCD-AD


       Tropical Birds and Others APH InSights Art Note Cards

Set of blank note cards highlights artwork by visually impaired students and adults from across the U.S. Print/braille legend. 10 cards (two of each design) with envelopes. Note: Not available on Quota.

Tropical Birds:
Catalog Number: W-NTCD-AE

Click here to purchase these items through our Quick Order Entry page: http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp <http://shop.aph.org/quickentry.asp>

If you need assistance, click this link to read the Fred's Head Companion post "Purchasing Products From The APH Website Is Easy" <http://tinyurl.com/9ezka>.

American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Avenue
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6085
Louisville, Kentucky 40206-0085
Toll Free: 800-223-1839
Phone: 502-895-2405
Fax: 502-899-2274
E-mail: info@xxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxx>
Web site: http://www.aph.org

Annual Art Competition for the Blind <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/cH55uRNWX2w/annual-art-competition-for-blind.html>

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 11:49 AM PST

Legally blind children and adults from all over the world participate in the annual InSights art competition sponsored by the American Printing House for the Blind.

Each year children from preschool through high school, as well as adults, enter all kinds of art in the InSights competition. Painting, drawing, and printmaking are examples of two-dimensional art that may be submitted; three-dimensional pieces might include sculptures in wood, wire, ceramics etc. Fiber arts may also be entered, such as needlepoint, crochet and so forth. Any visual art piece may be entered, so long as the design is original (not from a kit or mold).

The InSights competition is juried (judged), and there are several ways entries receive recognition. About 80 pieces of the several hundred entries are selected to be included in an exhibition held in Louisville, Kentucky in October of each year. Judges also choose the top three entries from each of the nine categories, and these winners receive cash prizes. Finally, several honorable mentions may be selected for special recognition.

In 2004, 542 works of art were entered. 79 were included in the October exhibition, and 27 cash prizes and 15 honorable mentions were awarded.

According to an APH press release, artists who enter the InSights art competition "must meet this definition of blindness: corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, or a visual field limited to 20 degrees or less."

You can contact APH to request a copy of the entry form and rules by calling 800-223-1839, x357, or by sending email to: rwilliams@xxxxxxx <mailto:rwilliams@xxxxxxx>.

To order beautiful calendars and Christmas cards featuring art from past competitions, visit the American Printing House for the Blind: http://www.aph.org <http://www.aph.org>.

Contributor: Carla Ruschival
BellaOnline's Sight Loss Editor
http://sightloss.bellaonline.com/Site.asp

Tweets from Fred's Head <http://feedproxy.google.com/%7Er/FredsHeadCompanion/%7E3/rQnvZtY5Rys/tweets-from-freds-head.html>

Posted: 18 Feb 2009 08:14 AM PST

APH's Fred's Head Database <http://www.aph.org/fh/index.html> and Companion blog <http://www.fredshead.info> have added another exciting way for you to get the latest news from APH and informative articles for folks who are blind or visually impaired. Fred's Head posts can now be found on Twitter!

Wikipedia defines Twitter as "a free social networking and micro-blogging service, that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length."

You can follow Fred's Head in a number of ways using the free Twitter service: on our profile page at http://www.twitter.com/fredshead; by using RSS, SMS, email; or through a variety of third-party applications. To get started, simply visit Fred's Head <http://www.fredshead.info> and click on the "follow me on Twitter" link toward the bottom of the page.


       Accessible Twitter

Some of you may be interested in an alternative site to access Twitter. This site features:

   * All links are keyboard accessible.
   * Simple, consistent layout and navigation.
   * Works with or without JavaScript.
   * Large default text size and high color contrast.
   * Looks great in high or low resolution.
   * Forms are marked up for optimal accessibility.
   * Code is semantic, light, and adheres to best practices in Web
     Standards.

Click this link to visit http://www.AccessibleTwitter.com <http://www.accessibletwitter.com>.

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