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This is a Labor Day shout-out to all the arts workers and organizations who contribute so mightily to the nation’s economic and cultural vitality and to the social and emotional well-being of its residents and communities. Until just a few years ago, we lacked tools for comprehensively measuring...
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...
"Why children, if you have woman’s rights, give it to her and you will feel better. You will have your own rights, and they won’t be so much trouble." — Sojourner Truth After escaping slavery with her infant daughter, Sojourner Truth went on to become a preacher, abolitionist, renowned orator, and...
Last night we celebrated the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters, including musicians Bobby McFerrin, Roscoe Mitchell, and Reggie Workman, and Dorthaan Kirk, who recived the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Master Award for Jazz Advocacy. Learn more about the honorees here . Have someone in...
"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...
Although the 19th amendment wasn’t officially certified until August 26, August 18 was the date in 1920 when Tennessee became the last state to ratify the amendment, paving the way for women’s suffrage to become the law of the land. But reaching this milestone took decades of advocacy, activism—and...
"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...
Few words in the English language induce as much eye-glazing as “system.” Aggressively neutral, the noun still manages to acquire negative overtones in daily usage. (“I couldn’t help it. Blame the system .”) Only for grantmaking organizations, one suspects, is the word shiny and venerated...

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