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Mas­simo Polello lec­tures on “Rhythm and Blues: The Art and Color of Cal­lig­ra­phy” at the New Mexico History Mu­seum; a dis­cus­sion on the state of adult lit­er­acy in New Mexico takes place at Col­lected Works

The pen is might­ier

In decades past, pen­man­ship was taught in school as a dis­tinct sub­ject. Stu­dents copied lines of po­etry into work­books in or­der to per­fect their cur­sive hand­writ­ing and strengthen the mus­cles in their dom­i­nant hand. With the pro­lif­er­a­tion of com­put­ers, pen­man­ship is no longer em­pha­sized as an im­por­tant skill, but Mas­simo Polello be­lieves the act of hand­writ­ing, es­pe­cially cal­lig­ra­phy, has med­i­ta­tive power and cre­ative ap­pli­ca­tions for both chil­dren and adults. Polello, who lives in Turin, Italy, makes a liv­ing in com­mer­cial and artis­tic cal­lig­ra­phy in ad­di­tion to his work as a fresco pain­ter. Cal­lig­ra­phy is sim­i­lar to draw­ing, he be­lieves, but more ac­ces­si­ble to a wider range of peo­ple look­ing for an artis­tic out­let. He speaks about his work and the history of the craft in “Rhythm and Blues: The Art and Color of Cal­lig­ra­phy” at 6 p.m. Fri­day, June 26, at the New Mexico History Mu­seum (113 Lin­coln Ave.) in a lec­ture spon­sored by the Palace Press. Mu­seum ad­mis­sion is free on Fri­day evenings. For in­for­ma­tion, call 505-476-5200.

Heather He­uner­mund, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the New Mexico Coali­tion for Lit­er­acy, and Braden An­der­son, a mem­ber of the coali­tion’s board of di­rec­tors, speak about the state of adult lit­er­acy in New Mexico on Sun­day, June 28, at 11 a.m. at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226). Part of Jour­ney Santa Fe’s Com­mu­nity Con­ver­sa­tions se­ries, the talk is mod­er­ated by Bill DuPuy, the for­mer news di­rec­tor of KSFR 101.1 FM. The group will dis­cuss the ad­verse im­pact il­lit­er­acy has on the lo­cal econ­omy and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about the pro­grams that ex­ist statewide — which are able to help just a frac­tion of the more than 700,000 New Mex­i­can adults in need of lit­er­acy ser­vices. Any­one in­ter­ested in as­sist­ing with these ef­forts is en­cour­aged to at­tend to learn how to get in­volved. — Jen­nifer Levin

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