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Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture highlights creative work in all mediums and disciplines with a special emphasis on artists, writers, performers, and collectives who blur the lines between art-making, personal activism, and community involvement. As they employ new artistic strategies, contemporary creatives continue to expand the role of arts and culture in public life. This section will feature intriguing and often ground-breaking work and explore how it might illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face as we move toward a commons-based world.

March 28, 2016

The Art of the Wild

Painter Thomas Paquette celebrates a half-century of the Wilderness Act
March 28, 2016

Arise! Arise!

Singer Jean Rohe offers an alternative national anthem for the US

"Choose a line to send this poem into the community on your body." You can see more photos from the show here

November 17, 2015

Body Lines

A poem-and-tattoo collaboration across race and age
September 3, 2015

You're Invited to Be Part of the US Department of Arts & Culture

Dare to Imagine the future you want
July 27, 2015

An American in Rome

Artist Kristin Jones Launches Art Projects to Restore Tiber River

"Headlands" 2015.

July 27, 2015

Capturing the Wild

Painter Thomas Paquette commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

(By Woodley Wonderworks under a Creative Commons license)

June 11, 2015

The Ultimate Communications App

The most amazing invention of all-time, and it belongs to all of us

A very popular toy doll who shall remain nameless due to lawsuit fears.  (By Deborah is Lola under a Creative Commons license) 

March 10, 2015

The Plot to Privatize Common Knowledge

How patents, copyrights and trademarks have been grossly distorted--even Barbie is tied up in court

(By Dena Flows under a Creative Commons license)

February 20, 2015

If Not For You

Bob Dylan freely acknowledges his debt to Frank Sinatra, Robert Johnson, Woody Guthrie, Kurt Weill and many others

New York's High Line is a popular poster child for Creative Placemaking. (By David Berkowitz under a CC license)

January 8, 2015

What's All the Buzz About Creative Placemaking?

The idea is simple: put arts and culture at the center of urban revitalization