Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kelly Newcomer Design Portfolio 2015.

I am currently looking for design or social media work, especially small jobs. Preferably for social justice groups.
Contact me for pdf of design samples (low-res version below)
Some of my layouts are online: and

Friday, March 27, 2015

Mark Dayton and the Office of Technology for Peace

On September 22, 2005, Minnesota Senator, Mark Dayton, introduced legislation to establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence that included the establishment of an Office of Technology for Peace. Here is the link to that legislation

I made a comic about it back in October 2005, but now I am finally getting around to posting more info about this legislation. How cool for Mr. Dayton, to be able to write a bill with such a visionary message -- that's the kind of stuff I'd want to try for if I was a United States Senator.  (Vote for Newcomer!)

John Lennon and Yoko Ono liked to talk about the war machine, and the necessity of a peace machine. So, this is part of what needs to happen (in every nation) to help bring about peace. 

Basically, this legislation was not adopted. But let's hope for a similar bill to be ratified sometime soon.

Office of Technology for Peace
In general
There shall be in the Department an Office of Technology for Peace, the head of which shall be the Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace. The Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace shall carry out those functions in the Department affecting the awareness, study, and impact of developing new technologies on the creation and maintenance of domestic and international peace.
The Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace shall provide grants for the research and development of technologies in transportation, communications, and energy that—
are nonviolent in their application; and
encourage the conservation and sustainability of natural resources in order to prevent future conflicts regarding scarce resources.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kelly goes to Arts Funding Panel

Notes - I am a note-taking-machine! (image of my notebook from my etsy site)

On Jan. 13, 2015, I went to a free arts funding panel offered by Springboard for the Arts and Hennepin County Libraries. I ended up with a couple new goals about art grants.

1. Approach WARM Women's Art Registry of Minnesota and maybe do their mentor program, or at least write the funding for the mentor program into one of my grant applications. (yikes: Looks like it costs $90 per month) But WARM members have other get togethers and hopefully they can help me as a mom who put her art career on hold for the kids and  special needs issues of kid - who is ready finally to refocus on art-making but I still have to juggle  other caregiving responsibilities. 
I became a WARM member for $55 for one year - which will get me into their other programs (not the Mentor one though)

2. I used to have a goal of applying for ONE art grant per year. Maybe two. (MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and McKnight Fellowship). Now I am more in mind to apply for three - and go for something like a travel/study grant or a grant for a project with a community-emphasis - there might be something I'm already involved in (like those conversations I've been having with Tammy Ortegon about balancing caregiving & art-making - that could possibly turn into a project with a community connection for which we could get a grant to help realize it).

The presenters were:
Delta Giordano, she is an artist with a theater background and she works for the Knight Foundation which has an innovative new program called the Knight Arts Challenge.
Cynthia Gehrig, President of the Jerome Foundation which gives fellowships to emerging artists, and also sponsors a travel/study grant, and also sponsors residencies for artists at Northern Clay Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, New York Mills, and Textile Center
Shannon Forney from MRAC - she's also a performer, a clown, and part-owner of a coffee shop where they have the Smallest Museum
Noah Keesecker Moderated - Program director of artistic development at Springboard - he's also a composer.