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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.

December 2, 2013


An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Laura Hansen
November 18, 2013

Why Peer Production Thrives in the Field of Theater Arts

Using Internet-enabled networks, HowlRound creates a knowledge commons for the benefit of all
November 11, 2013

A Vision for Architecture as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

How Modernist Fundamentalism degrades the human and natural environment
November 11, 2013

"Olam Ha-Ba"

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach
October 29, 2013

Six Poets to be Featured in UNCOMMON/WORD

Our team of poet advisors has selected work on the theme of "all that we share"
October 29, 2013

Creativity, Collaboration and the Art of the Right Word

UNCOMMON/WORD Poetry Fellow Elizabeth Dingmann on the role of literature in community life
October 26, 2013

Art for Everyone's Sake

Notes on creativity as a commons
August 26, 2013

On Waiting and Writing

A conversation with poet Juliet Patterson
August 24, 2013

Commons-Based Ideas to Support Artists

New ways to pay the piper (and the painter and the performer and the poet )
August 17, 2013


Join a public art project to recognize the Great Lakes as a commons