How Art Fuels Economy; Five Questions with Zika; Film Forum announces Oscar Night

In December 2014, Saratoga Springs initiated discussion of a focus on a Creative Economy – a marketing campaign to help grow the city’s economy by attracting business and employees in creative industries. While that creative industries sector is defined with a broad stroke (everything from software to craft beer brewing is included), the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Thursday released an economic impact survey pertaining specifically to the “art” segment of creativity, and the money it generates.

According to the report, three exhibitions presented at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2015—China: Through the Looking Glass, The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe, and Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends—generated an estimated $946 million in spending in New York. Read more about the report HERE.

Five Questions with Zika Virus.

Q. Who are you?

A: A disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

Q: What are the most common symptoms associated with you?

A: Fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes).

Q: How much damage do you inflict?

A: The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital. And they very rarely die of Zika.

Q: How do I prevent you from infecting me?

A: There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites, by doing things like wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and staying in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

Q: I live in Saratoga – and while I am not inviting you to visit – who can I call for more information?

A: Buzz over to the NYS DOH website HERE. I have my own page. And for Provider Zika testing contact information for Saratoga County Public Health, call: (518) 584-7460 24 hours/7days a week.

The Saratoga Film Forum – which is on hiatus from its regular screening schedule – will host an Oscar Night Gala on Feb. 28 at Longfellows Restaurant, on Union Avenue. The Film Forum’s annual Oscar Night Gala will feature a buffet dinner, live streaming of the Oscars, DJ and music, movie trivia contests. Guests are asked to come dressed to reflect your love of film—as a favorite character from a favorite film…or come red-carpet-ready. Tickets are $60 general public, or $50 for Film Forum members, and all proceeds will benefit the continued operation and growth of Saratoga Film Forum. The event will take place 7 p.m. to midnight. For more information, GO HERE.