Wedgwood MUSE | August 2016

Hello MUSE readers! This month, we are excited to share the newest music video by TRACE. Check out her additional singles and be on the lookout for her debut EP that comes out on August 16th.

We're still feeling residual Comic Con excitement, so this month we are also sharing some pop culture favorites that we're loving! Read about how Harry Potter and the Cursed Childis taking bookstores by storm and why Netflix's Stranger Things is becoming the most talked about show of 2016.

Also, we are inspired by David Brooks' great reflection on the power the artist has in the world today and how art can change the world and reflect the times in which we live. 

We hope you are enjoying the final days of summer!

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Wedgwood MUSE | Special Edition

Happy July! We hope your summer has been full and you are finding rest in the midst of these hot, hot months. We've had an exciting last few weeks at Wedgwood and wanted to share some of it with you in this special edition of the Wedgwood MUSE.

Last week, Wedgwood Circle Members gathered in San Diego and got a taste of the pop culture powerhouse that is Comic-Con. Upon returning we found some great articles that on touch on the conference, pop culture, and larger cultural impact of Comic-Con. Here are a few!

  • With the premiere of the first Wonder Woman trailer and the announcement of Oscar winner Brie Larson as the new Captain Marvel, the impact of women was one of the most talked about topics from the four day event. Jen Yamato’s article investigates the importance of the growing number of superheroines coming to theaters in the coming years. 

 

  • If you are a fan of NBC’s Chuck, Disney’s Tangled, or have attended the Broadway musical hit She Loves Me, you will be familiar with self-proclaimed nerd Zachary Levi. The actor, singer, and director talks about his popular event Nerd HQ, which Wedgwood had the exciting opportunity to explore.

 

  • As sci-fi and fantasy franchises grow larger and more popular, what was once considered niche is now taking over the mainstream. “Geek” is no longer an insult. However, many people are beginning to question how long the fanaticism will continue. 

Check out the full edition of the Wedgwood MUSE here!

Wedgwood MUSE | June 2016

Oh June, sweet June. We're almost 50% of the way through 2016 (how?) and over here our team is excited to be amping up for the second and busiest half of the year! 

Over the last month we've watched a few things that should make it on your viewing list:

The documentary film The First Monday In May is a beautifully shot interesting behind the scenes look at the creation of the Met Gala and the Costume Institute's 2015 exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass. The film sparked a number of conversations for us around the definition of art and the challenges / benefits of blending High Art with pop culture. 

You may have already seen this short film featuring Bono and Eugene Peterson discussing the Psalms, but it is certainly worth both a watch and re-watch. In it Bono asks,"Why do we need art, why do we need the lyric poetry of the Psalms?" He answers his own question with, "Because the only way we can approach God is if we're honest."

Captain America: Civil War is likely to be this summer's biggest smash box office hit. If you're a Wedgwood Member and will be joining us for the retreat in San Diego this July during Comic-Con, definitely catch the film beforehand!

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Wedgwood MUSE | April 2016

April is here and we're so excited for the change in seasons and the goodness of spring! 

This month we're paying particular attention to shifts in the music business as we prepare content for our Annual Event (and launch of our 10th year of work!) in Nashville this November. We're also listening to voices in the pop culture space, especially the comic realm, as we get ready to head to San Diego this July during Comic-Con! We also love this article on the importance of seeking connection in the creation of art.

We're excited that Wedgwood's Cultural Curator, Jacob Marshall, is currently in Israel with his band MAE performing as part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit. Follow along with the summit as the band creates a brand new kind of virtual reality music experience for participants.

Also, check out the latest album by Run River North and catch them on tour with The Lighthouse and The Whaler through April 23rd!
 

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Wedgwood MUSE | March 2016

This month we're talking about the ways we use technology to create art, a fun story of ordinary people who curated and amassed their visual art collection, and the continued relevance of short film in culture. 

For Inner Circle Members, please save the date for our Inner Circle Member Retreat, which is July 21-22 in San Diego, California. More details coming soon! The retreat will take us into downtown San Diego during the pop-culture event, ComicCon, and graphic novels will be among the topics we discuss. Take a moment to get to know Gene Yang, who was recently named by the Library of Congress the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

As a happy note to brighten this late winter month, check out Happy Mail from our friends at A Beautiful Mess! They curate monthly packages of cards and other goodies to help you stay on top of your creative snail mail habits. Finally, you may have noticed our web home has a new look. Check it out!

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Wedwood MUSE | February 2016

This month we're talking about the 2015 explosion of rock band Twenty One Pilots, the convergence of live music and television in the new TV series Live at 9:30 and David Brook's thoughts on beauty in his op-ed When Beauty Strikes.

For Inner Circle Members, our first Inner Circle Experience with Jon Batiste on March 8th New York City is full! If you have questions or want to learn more about how to become part of the Wedgwood Inner Circle and be the first to know about future Inner Circle Experiences, please visit our information page.

Don't miss a screening of Many Beautiful Things, playing in select theaters across the country this month. The Lone Bellow is on tour starting this month, so find them in a city near you. If you're in DC, come join us at the 9:30 Club on March 1st! Lastly, our friends Hae-Jin and Jacob Marshall have a conversation with Michael Gungor and Science Mike about hearing the voice of God on the most recent episode of The Liturgists podcast.

Check it out in this month's edition of the Wedgwood MUSE!

Wedgwood MUSE | January 2016

Happy New Year! The Wedgwood team is hitting the ground running and looking forward to an exciting 2016. Please take a moment to mark two dates for events that you won't want to miss:

July 21-22 : Inner Circle Member Retreat in San Diego, CA
November 16-18 : Wedgwood Annual Event in Nashville, TN

We invite you to kick off your year with new music from Brooke Waggoner and the first edition of the newly launched Wilderness Magazine. Also don't forget to check out the immersive narrative videogame, That Dragon, Cancer, which launches on January 12th. 

For more on what we're reading and talking about  - check out the Wedgwood Muse HERE.