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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.

February 6, 2013

The End of the Post Office as a Public Institution?

The Post Office will close half its processing centers this year and end Saturday delivery
January 24, 2013

The Tragic Death of a Commons Hero

Aaron Swartz (1986-2013)
January 22, 2013

Creative Tension Between the Individual and the Group

Lewis Hyde on the cultural dynamics of the commons
January 8, 2013

How Disney Raids the Public Domain

And gives nothing back in return because Mickey Mouse is locked up under copyright in the castle
January 1, 2013

The Triumph of the Commons

An excerpt from 55 Theses For the Future
December 19, 2012

Should Taxpayers Subsidize Charity?

A few surprises about giving in America
December 3, 2012

Setting Free Our History

Getting the commons into school curriculum will help students understand climate change (and a lot more)
December 2, 2012

Nothing Says Native American Better Than White Girls in Headdresses

A young Santee Sioux woman looks at how Native identity is reflected in pop culture
December 1, 2012

What Can Artists Do to Create Social Change?

Filmmaker Rick Prelinger on the limits of short-term action