Academy of Art University: Building Bridges To Better Society

San Francisco, California, is one of America’s most iconic major cities. This particular city is rich in history, is home to the famed Golden Gate Bridge and is a major commercial area for commerce. Being the fourth-most populated city in The Golden State creates a diverse range of people, places and things. The Academy of Art University resides in this affluent metropolis, and it’s known for producing some of the top individuals in entertainment, in design and in liberal arts. The school was founded back in 1929 by a painter named Richard Spencer. Academy of Art University has made a name for itself in Hollywood also, but it is now beginning to shift into new areas.


San Francisco has a lot of beautiful architecture as well as plenty of affluent neighborhoods. One of those neighborhoods is known as Tenderloin. Tenderloin is more of a district of residential homes and apartments. Unfortunately, there is a lot of crime in this particular area thanks to being so over-populated. There is an estimated 25,000 inhabitants here that ranges from immigrants to single families. The Academy of Art University is looking to cleanup this area by improving on the city’s dynamics. Some of the school’s tech students have taken the challenge to design an innovative application that will assist city officials to make this happen. Tenderfeels, a new smartphone app, is the weapon of choice, and it will use augmented reality to fight for the cause.


This application will use moods to better represent the feelings of the area. People within this district can give their opinion by relating to the moods. Angry, joyful and disgusted are some of the actual moods that can be used to represent how the residents feel about certain areas and certain things. The concept is very basic, but a lot of time and a lot of hard work has gone into developing this application’s software. If all goes well, San Francisco’s Tenderloin District will be getting some much needed redevelopment in the future.


Forty Three Years On A Compelling Run

Marking its first appearance on July 15, 1968 soap opera One Life to Live went on to win over television viewers for more than 43 years.

The show’s storyline was the first to bring to life culturally and socio-economically diverse characters. One Life to Live takes place in the fictional city of Llanview, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The focal point of the show centers on the fictional Lord family, the African-American Grays, blue-collar Polish American Woleks and the Irish Catholic Rileys.

Many other families, such as the Buchanan’s and Cramer families, also became a focal point of the show.

The show was the first to portray an interracial bond and also embraced strokes, time travel, murder, divorce, dissociative identity disorder and transplants.

ABC executives asked for soap opera Another World writer, Agnes Nixon, to create the show for them. Nixon would continue her craft with her handiwork of All My Children and Loving.

At first the show was a half-hour serial which was expanded to 45 minutes in 1976 and to one hour in January 1978.

The 1980s saw One Life to Live achieve the peak of its popularity as the soap opera ranked between the second and fourth position during that time.

In 2008, One Life to Live celebrated its 40th Anniversary and many former cast members returned for the celebration. Soap Opera Digest named the show their Best Show of that year noting countless story lines it described as tear-jerking, dazzling and mesmerizing.

One member of the cast, Slideshare poster extraordinaire Crystal Hunt, signed on with the soap opera portraying Stacy Morasco, working as a stripper. She joined her sister Gigi in Llanview. Stacy made every effort to steal Gigi’s husband Rex Balsom finalizing in a one-night stand, though she subsequently miscarried the child.

Hunt played Stacy Morasco from February 2009 through mid-February 2010.

In 2014 she produced her first film “Talbot County” and appeared in Magic Mike XXL.

This year CrunchBase shows that Hunt joined fellow soap opera stars Vanessa Marcil, Lindsay Hartley and Hunter Tylo in a new realty series “Queens of Drama.” Donna Mills and Joan Collins are also part of the new show.

Actors who worked on One Life to Live include Erica Slezak, Robert S. Woods and Robin Strasser. Tommy Lee Jones, Laurence Fishburne, Blair Underwood, Ryan Phillippe, Nathan Fillion also worked on the soap opera.

Following months of rumors, ABC canceled the show on April 14, 2011 and production company Prospect Park said it would continue the soap opera as a web series but later suspended the project.

Its final episode drew one of the highest ratings in the history of soap opera finales, more than 3.8 million viewers.

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