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Sunset days of Cowboy Keeylocko

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                    Ed Keeylocko, 85, is living his legend of the Wild West. With cactus green eyes, red hair and black skin, Keeylocko is a minority of minorities, but he never let this stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming a cattle rancher in the Southwest. Forty-four miles outside of Tucson is the 80-acre ranch run by the man who calls himself Cowboy Keeylocko. He lives in Cowtown Keeylocko, a running cattle ranch that he built in the 1970s. At the age of 14 his adoptive mother kicked him out of his South Carolina home, so he spent several years roaming the countryside. He enlisted in the Army and served 23 years fighting in Korea and Vietnam. Afterward, he attended the University of Arizona, where he studied agriculture. He didn’t end up...

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Tom Dekyvere: An artist after your senses

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                          Scottsdale Public Art received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts this year for its fifth annual Canal Convergence: Water + Light + Art festival. The festival displays the artwork of many different artists from around the world. Tom Dekyvere, 31, a creator of art installations and sculptures, built a giant rope structure lit with LED lights that wrapped around the Arizona Canal in Scottsdale for this years Canal Convergence. Dekyvere is from a small town in Ghent, Belgium, where he lives in an abandoned abbey. Canal Convergence was his first time creating his art in the US. “I started with the arts on May 19, 1985, because that was the day I was born,” Dekyvere said. “I don’t believe in becoming an artist, I also don’t...

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Eliminating NEA could be detrimental to Arizona communities

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            For small towns like Douglas, grants for the arts can be deeply influential. With the election of a new mayor in 2016, Douglas is looking at a future that thrives on arts and culture, and is using National Endowment for the Arts funding to bring back life to this troubled border town in Arizona’s southeast corner. Mayor Robert Uribe and his wife, Jenea Sanchez, have been working diligently to find a way to rebuild Douglas as a historic city that can be recognized as a cultural center and supporter of the arts. “For our state arts organization to come into our local community and contribute funds towards our arts refinement, it very much legitimizes the work that we have started on, and we are so grateful for that,” Sanchez said. The Trump administration plans to eliminate the...

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Diversity matters, often misunderstood

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  Diversity broadens worldliness. It presents itself everyday through social interactions with colleagues, grocery store clerks, even in a 10-second encounter with a stranger in the elevator. The Academy Awards, for example, have historically been high on the agenda for issues of diversity. Last year’s Oscars took a specific social hit for being too white, with no nominated actors of color. This year’s front-runners for the Academy Awards recognize seven minority actors chosen under different categories, including a record breaking six African-American actors, with a person of color nominated in each category. The same diversity conundrums exist in the workforce where women and minorities are often not given equal standing. It happens in political arenas when minority viewpoints are shouted down. Whether it is in the workforce, in schools or on the cover of big name magazines, diversity is...

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