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So I thought I’d work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with a pre-holiday trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. We started out in Dubuque, and met up there with Bill O’Brien, our senior advisor for program innovation, who’s a native Dubuquer. He immediately provided me with...
"I don't consider myself an innovator but I do consider myself a collector, a remixer, and a presenter." Shawnee, Oklahoma native Samantha Crain has been described by no less than Rolling Stone magazine as having a voice that's "gorgeously odd---all fulsome, shape-shifting...
by Shannon Daut, Deputy Director, WESTAF "Question Mark Phoenix" by Mark Blumenthal via Flickr In 2009 the country was being raked by the uncertain winds of deep recession, change rooted in the adoption of new technologies, and a seeming repositioning of participation in the nonprofit...
This photo is from Natalie Lindstrom's session at Art Links. As described by Holly McAdams, "Natalie was using a paper hat-making activity to talk about ideas of 3D design. The identity of the youth at Youth Links must remain anonymous, so it is tricky to document their interactions. I...
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...

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