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Rocky Statue : Everybody comes to see Rocky and get their picture taken...daytime and never I sit here on the 14th floor overlooking the Art Museum I allmost allways see someone running the steps...just like Rocky did...

Rocky Statue

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Everybody comes to see Rocky and get their picture taken...daytime and ...

Updated: May 01, 2014 6:00pm PST

Mott Campus Clowns Visit LOVE Park, Top of Art Museum Steps, Rocky Statue, Mayor Rizzo Statue in Philadelphia on Wed Mar 14 : Mott Campus Clowns to Take Their Act on the Road to Philadelphia

Call it clowning for a cause. When the Mott Community College students who make up the Mott Campus Clowns put on their painted, funny faces, don colorful, silly clothes or slip on those huge, over-sized shoes, they have more than just entertaining in mind. These class clowns have a definite sense of purpose.

The clown troupe is the brainchild of Dr. Brian Ivory, Professor and Honors Program Coordinator at Mott Community College. The group is comprised of honor students enrolled in Dr. Ivory's capstone course, entitled Social Diversity and Civic Engagement (HONS 251). As a course requirement, students enrolled in HONS 251 must develop traditional clown skills, including puppetry, pocket magic, juggling, balloon animals and face painting. The students are also required to complete service hours during weekend or weeklong trips away from campus, all part of MCC's service learning component.

The student clowns made their debut last fall semester and left a lasting impression, spreading cheer during weekend activities in the Flint, Detroit and Lansing areas. This winter semester the Mott Campus Clowns are choosing service instead of taking a typical Spring Break trip by completing a weeklong Alternative Spring Break (March 10-18) in Philadelphia, Penn. The troupe will be making goodwill appearances at various locations, including schools, churches, nursing homes, social service agencies and community events. They will also appear in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 11, 2012. While in Philadelphia, the group will stay at the Urban Youth Camps with the Old First Reformed Church at 151 North 4th Street.

According to Break Away: The Alternative Break Connection, a non-profit organization that promotes alternative break programs that inspire college students toward lifelong active service, the Mott Campus Clowns will be the first group of college students in the U.S. to complete a curriculum-based Alternative Break involving service learning through clowning. All seven students performing as Mott Campus Clowns will also receive six weeks of clown training prior to departing for the City of Brotherly Love.
"Instead of travelling to Florida or Cancun, these students - enrolled in the first college course in America teaching students to serve as clowns in an Alternative Spring Break format - will spend their spring break serving a community," Dr. Ivory said.
On March 2, the Mott Campus Clowns will hold a "dress rehearsal" which will include goodwill appearances at the following locations:

1:15 pm Pierce Elementary School, 1101 W. Vernon Drive, Flint, (810) 760-1386
2:45 pm Sterling House Assisted Living, 432 East Clark St., Davison, (810) 658-7100
4:30 pm Heartland Nursing Home, 3011 North Center Road, Flint, (810) 736-0600
7:00 pm Shelter of Flint, 1917 Delaware Ave., Flint (810) 239-5433

All appearances by the clown troupe are supervised by Dr. Ivory, (aka Bubby the Clown), a 1987 graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. In 2011 he "un-retired" from clowning to train the Mott Campus Clowns. Dr. Ivory knows that clowning is not just about entertainment: the silly antics, weird clothes, wild hair, and big smiles are all designed to warm the hearts of all who comes in contact with the clown troupe. The group's motto this year is "Our hearts are bigger than our shoes."

Sponsorship of the Mott Campus Clowns is provided by Mott Community College and the Michigan Campus Compact, a Lansing-based coalition of higher education presidents committed to community service and service learning. Service learning -- defined as a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection--focuses on critical thinking as well as civic responsibility. Service learning programs typically involve students in activities that address local needs while enhancing their academic skills and commitment to serving the community

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Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

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Updated: Apr 23, 2014 2:49pm PST

Color Run in Philadelphia 2012 : o, Philly! We did it. The annual Color Run was run in the heart of Philly, July 8th, 2012. The only question is “Were you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?” You bet you were.  The Color Run Philadelphia was awesome....The Color Run was a one of a kind experience that was less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. There were participants of all different speeds, ages, shapes, and sizes toeing the start line. Whether you were a casual morning mall walker or an Olympic athlete, the 3 miles of the Color Run course was the most enjoyable real estate you’ve traveled in a VERY long time.  What a morning!!

Color Run in Philadelphia 2012

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

o, Philly! We did it. The annual Color Run was run in the heart of Phi ...

Updated: Apr 23, 2014 2:26pm PST

Scenes from the filming of "Dead Man Down" : 1hr 50min - Rated R - Suspense/Thriller Director: Niels Arden Oplev - Cast: Noomi Rapace, Colin Farrell, Dominic Cooper, Terrence Howard, Armand Assante "The director of the original "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", makes his American theatrical debut with the new action thriller, Dead Man Down. The film features two strangers who are irresistibly drawn to one another by their mutual desire for revenge."

Scenes from the filming of "Dead Man ...

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

1hr 50min - Rated R - Suspense/Thriller Director: Niels Arden Oplev - ...

Updated: Apr 23, 2014 2:22pm PST

My Open Air Photos : Open Air is the world premiere of an interactive public art project commissioned by the Association for Public Art and created by Mexican-Canadian media artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. The project combines public art with mobile technology to create a spectacular participatory experience that will illuminate the night sky over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Created specifically for Philadelphia, the project is designed for personal contribution. Using a free mobile appdeveloped by Lozano-Hemmer’s studio, participants’ voices and GPS positions will control 24 powerful robotic searchlights placed along a half-mile section of the Parkway – creating giant three-dimensional “light sculptures.” A computer program will automatically analyze Open Air app users’ GPS positions and voices for frequency, intonation, and volume and will convert these characteristics into searchlight formations in the sky. The lights will react, both in brightness and position, to each participant’s voice and words as they are being spoken. Forming a canopy of light over the city, the project will be seen from up to 10 miles away. Tens of thousands of individuals will be able to participate during the project’s duration, and hundreds of thousands more will experience the project as viewers.

My Open Air Photos

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Open Air is the world premiere of an interactive public art project co ...

Updated: Apr 22, 2014 2:33pm PST

Philadelphia breaks the Guinness World Record for longest Soul Train-style line : Nearly 600 people turned out yesterday so that Philadelphia could break the Guinness World Record for longest Soul Train-style line. Mayor Nutter paid tribute to the late Don Cornelius and the late Whitney Houston, and then kicked things off at about 4:30 p.m., dancing alongside Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Congressman Bob Brady and Sheriff Jewell Williams. The record was (unofficially) broken at 5:45 p.m. as 327 people danced the length of the Art Museum’s pavement, beating the current record of 211 held by NYC. (The Guinness folks still have to verify.)

Philadelphia breaks the Guinness Worl...

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Nearly 600 people turned out yesterday so that Philadelphia could brea ...

Updated: Apr 14, 2014 6:37pm PST

Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA : Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Saturnalias where Latin laborers marched in masks throughout the day of satire and gift exchange.  This included Celtic variations of “trick-or-treat” and Druidic noise-making to drive away demons for the new year.  Reports of rowdy groups “parading” on New Years day in Philadelphia date back before the revolution.  Prizes were offered by merchants in the late 1800′s.  January 1, 1901 was the first “official” parade offered about $1,725 in prize money from the city.

The Mummers parade is a celebration of the New Year but is serious business in Philadelphia.  Clubs work on the costumes and practice all year for their one day in the sun (…wind, rain or snow).  There are many lively discussions over the scoring by the judges and adherence to the complicated set of rules the marchers must follow when being judged.  String Bands are judged on their musical presentation as well as the costumes.  Seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the parade is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Comic clubs tradition from ancient Greek god Momus who was the personification of mockery, blame, ridicule, scorn, raillery and stinging criticism.  Momus was expelled from heaven for his/her criticisms and ridicule of the gods.  The comic clubs continue to raise controversy over these themes they use in the parade that make fun of current issues and news stories such as issues involving religion, ethnicity, and feminism.  Many Mummers parade controversies over polices, such as the exclusion of women and the use of black-face, lasted many years.

The outdoor parade was postponed in 2003, the first time in 13 years .  There have been 22 weather-related postponements  since 1922.  There was no parade in 1919 due to WW1 and in 1934 due to the depression and the lack of prize money.

Mummers Parade 2011 in Philadelphia, PA

Alice Gipson (alicegipsonphotographs)

Mummers tradition dates back to 400 BC and the Roman Festival of Satur ...

Updated: Mar 15, 2014 2:49pm PST