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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.

September 22, 2010

Potato Commons & the Power of Standing Up

Report from a groundbreaking international conference in Berlin
September 20, 2010

Corporatizing the Boston Common

Will Bostonians rally to save their historic park for the people?
September 16, 2010

Liberate the Music!

Musopen is ingeniously freeing classical music from the chains of copyrighted recordings.
September 2, 2010

Postal Hucksters

How marketing overlords ruined the charm of my local post office.
August 25, 2010

The Privatization of Yoga

Will India succeed in keeping yoga in the public domain?
August 23, 2010

The Founders as Mashup Mavens

In Common As Air, Lewis Hyde reveals how knowledge and culture are a shared legacy.
July 31, 2010

Not So Wonderful Life?

The good guy prevented Bedford Falls from becoming Pottersville in the movie. But what would happen in today's economy?
July 21, 2010

Expanding the Circle?

Can digital commoners become more cooperative and federated with each other?
A group of people in the Walker Art Center fields
July 8, 2010

Field of Ideas

Minneapolis's Walker Art Center Explores the Cultural Commons With Open Field
EMEAC at the US Social Forum 2010
June 25, 2010

A Rousing Day of Commons

A People's Assembly and International Workshop focus on what we share