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“There are a lot of ways that equality or achieving equality is blocked or there are hurdles in people’s way, but designers can help remove those hurdles.” — Rebecca Johnson Since 2004, the nonprofit Center for Architecture and Design, an offshoot of the Philadelphia chapter of the American...
“Where is the Latino Cave Canem?” This is the question that brought Deborah Paredez, Celeste Mendoza, Norma E. Cantu, Pablo Martinez, and Carmen Tafolla together in 2009. Shortly after, CantoMundo was born. The first organization of its kind to specifically cater to Latino poets, CantoMundo’s...
War stories, more often than not, are considered men’s stories, told by and about the men who fought in conflict. This includes, of course World War I, which was fought before women were even allowed to join the military. But amid the nightmare of trench warfare and mustard gas, women did indeed...
Since 2009, artist Caitlin Cass has published the bi-monthly comic periodical The Great Moments in Western Civilization Postal Constituent , ­­­­­­­­­­which explores historical episodes that exemplify what Cass describes as “failing systems and irrational hope.” Her work’s intersection between art...
"If we are going to engender new leadership in young women and provide them with skills that are so crucial, we also have to create a climate that understands. We need to build a culture that sees women as leaders." — Kathryn Kolbert The Athena Film Festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for...
"The arts have the power to lift up lessons from our history books and put them in three dimensions, and inject them into the brains and memories of the next generation." — Diana Grisanti Megan Massie, Ebony Jordan, and A.J. Baldwin portray Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, and Angelina Weld Grimké in a...
Just a few more weeks before our newest National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs will kick off around the nation. Until then, why not get excited by digging into a few of our recent podcasts with Big Read authors? Enjoy! Adrian Matejka “How do you embody someone with such a complex and...
When it comes to healing—physical, emotional, social, economic—the arts can be a valuable tool. For example, they can lower the levels of cortisol (the hormone that produces stress), provide people with an alternative form of expression for trauma or pain, give people an appreciation for and...
Founded in 1991, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop provides a literary home for writers of the Asian diaspora. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the range of Workshop programs include two fellowship programs, in-school arts education for New York City high school students, a...
By the time wildfires had finished tearing through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding region in late 2016, 17,000 acres had burned, 2,000 buildings had been damaged or destroyed, nearly 200 people had been injured, and 14 people had died. Taken together, the fires were one of...

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