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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.

The Portlandia Statue
June 13, 2012

Commons Walking Tour Debuts!

What do the Portlandia statue, garbage cans, water fountains and the Oregon History Museum have in common?
May 6, 2012

The Alchemy of Creativity

How cooperation boosts art, science and everything else
May 1, 2012

Arts and Culture

February 6, 2012

Dara Greenwald (1971-2012) Artist, Activist, Scholar, Commoner

Celebrating an exceptionally spirited woman by telling stories and dancing
January 14, 2012

Great Movies, Music, Art & Stories That Evoke the Commons

An artistic canon of collaboration and sharing (Please add your favorites)
October 26, 2011

The Little Library That Could

Free neighborhood libraries are popping up all over
October 15, 2011

The Architect Has No Clothes

Why so much modern design looks harsh and feels inhospitable
September 28, 2011

The Art of Co-Creation

July 27, 2011

Which Future Would You Choose?

A Day at the Museum-- Two very different different visions of tomorrow
July 26, 2011

Saving A National Treasure

New photo exhibit illuminates our great loss when library budgets are chopped