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Used courtesy of Shakespeare Theatre Company. In looking for the perfect Thanksgiving quote, it was no surprise that I found the answer in Shakespeare. To be precise, in Act III, sc iii of Twelfth Night in which Sebastian responds to Antonio's act of companionship with, "I can no other...
Margaret Martin. Photo courtesy of the Harmony Project "Art, when alive and well within a society, is the creative force that drives innovation and effective solutions to social problems." What happens when you mix a little kid playing Brahms with Los Angeles gangbangers? Well, if you...
Chef Richard Hetzler. Photo by Katherine Fogden (Mohawk). (c) 2008 Smithsonian Institution. When was the last time you visited a museum not for an exhibit, but just for a meal? The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is helping redefine museum dining with its Mitsitam Café ,...
Visual artist Anne Percoco created a mobile sculpture Indra's Cloud made of more than 1,000 water bottles sewn together with plastic rope. The sculpture was floated down the severely polluted Yamuna River in India and around the town Vrindavan to highlight the profoundly degraded condition of...
This week's podcast features the executive director of the Sundance Institute, Keri Putnam, in a conversation about Film Forward . Film Forward is a program that takes ten independent films from the U.S. and abroad and presents them to audiences in locations across the country and around the...
“In the Lakota language, there is no single word that translates to ‘art,’” said Peter Strong, director of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School . In an e-mail, he said that instead, “There are words that mean ‘bringing out the beauty’ of an object...
Text and photo by Joel Gavin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Oklahoma Arts Council Conference attendees take part in the Mosaic Marathon. The mosaic will be installed as public art in downtown Tulsa. Fall in Oklahoma is often defined by college football and the start to the NBA...
Support Starving artists via flickr user Wrote On September 17, the Iowa Arts Council hosted the third iteration of its No More Starving Artists conference . With workshops that included self-marketing, pricing your work, and creating business plans, the event focused on the know-how required to...
This week's podcast is a conversation with writer Tim O’Brien about his 1990 novel The Things They Carried , which is a Big Read selection. Although O'Brien is a veteran who served in Vietnam, The Things They Carried is a work of fiction presented as a memoir. A finalist for both the...
Text by Paulette Beete Paintings and drawing by Ben Steele, courtesy of Montana Museum of Art and Culture War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele is on view at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture through November 19. Photo courtesy of the museum “I kind of felt an obligation to the guys who went...

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