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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.

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June 24, 2010

Wonderful Chaos in Detroit

The U.S. Social Forum exudes what’s best about America
Property Outlaws
March 12, 2010

Property Outlaws

New book explores the constructive role of civil disobedience in improving property law.
Our Psychic Connections to Nature
March 1, 2010

Our Psychic Connections to Nature

Now there is a name for the emotional distress caused by ecological destruction.
When Art Worked
February 5, 2010

When Art Worked

A stunning new book shows how New Deal art helped remake democratic culture.
The Ginseng Commons of West Virginia
February 1, 2010

The Ginseng Commons of West Virginia

Folklife and landscape in southern West Virginia
New Frontiers of Commons-based Innovation
January 28, 2010

New Frontiers of Commons-based Innovation

Stylish video satires, new collaborative systems for volunteering.
DIY Book Scanning Takes Off
January 20, 2010

DIY Book Scanning Takes Off

The rise of a global commons devoted to the cheap scanning of books for personal use.
Artists vs. Copyright Law
January 15, 2010

Artists vs. Copyright Law

World Fair Use Day explains why artists need the right to remix and mash up culture.
Commons Books of the Year
January 5, 2010

Commons Books of the Year

Shareable.net picks the 15 best of 2009