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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...
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...
Anna Tsouhlarakis. Photo courtesy of the artist Anna Tsouhlarakis. Photo courtesy of the artist Let's be clear about one thing: though Anna Tsouhlarakis is a Native artist, you won't find beadwork, feathers, or images of buffalo in her work. Instead, she explores themes of Native identity...
Michelle Obama poses with Judith Anderson and Salvador Flores-Martinez, representatives from ArtLab, based in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Steve Purcell Last week, I was at the White House---which is always a treat---for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. It’s a big event...

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