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"Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you." — Gene Luen Yang I'm a comic book guy, so I'd like to talk about another comic book guy. Dwayne McDuffie was one of my favorite writers. When I was growing up, he was one of the few African...
A tattooed arm belonging to a suicide survivor
Are you okay? These three words may seem simple on paper or screen, but when spoken with kindness to people in pain, they can transform worlds and save lives. This...
These days, much of the visual imagery we have of Muslim culture comes from news publications. They are by turns tragic and heart-breaking, gruesome and bloody. These are images of death, destruction, and violence from a region of the world that most of us only know through its conflicts. But that...
When 25-year-old Gordon Parks picked up his first camera around 1937, he had already survived a period of homelessness, tried his hand at composing music, and worked as a waiter on one of Northern Pacific Railway’s luxury trains. He was years away from being Life magazine’s first African-American...
"Creativity's not something that we can feel sorry for. It's something that we should invest in because it's going to return on that investment." -- Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf Read our story on the artist collective and immersion experience Meow Wolf in the new issue of NEA Arts magazine .
Acrobat standing atop another acrobats shoulders
Call it installation art. Call it immersive storytelling. Call it theater, or theme park, or just straight-up weird. Meow Wolf can accurately be described in innumerable ways while still remaining...
“What… is an old black doctor doing wheatpasting images of Navajo people along the roadside on the reservation?” According to a blog post Dr. Chip Thomas wrote last year, that’s the question he is asked most frequently. To be fair, it’s a valid question. The answer, in many ways, revolves around...
"I don’t consider myself a basket maker. I don’t consider myself a photographer. I don’t consider myself a jeweler. I don’t consider myself someone who works in glass. I consider myself an artist that chooses the best medium to express a statement." — Shan Goshorn While Shan Goshorn—a newly minted...
By the time she was 20, Mariam Paré was already an accomplished artist. She had grown up painting and drawing, and was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. But when gunfire suddenly erupted while she was driving to visit a friend in Virginia, a stray bullet passed through the car door,...
For over six years, community artist Alexis Iammarino has made engaging art in the small coastal town of Rockland, Maine. From vibrant murals all the way to a curatorial public history project about the origins of the American-style donut, her multidisciplinary artwork stands out because it’s...

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