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Learning Los Angeles: Debra Padilla, Arts and Activism

Julia Wasson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

Art has the power to illuminate, interrogate, celebrate and invigorate a moment in time worth remembering, or simply to give a kid who needs one an outlet louder and bigger than his self-doubt.

The Power of the Mural

John M. Eger | Posted 07.10.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Before the matches of the World Cup began, the Brazilian people were protesting in the streets because they knew they could not afford the $13 billion it cost to host the games. In Greece, similar concerns about public mismanagement was the issue and like Brazil, street artists reflected those concerns.

The Best Murals At This Year's Montreal Arts Fest

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 06.30.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Montreal has shown up again on our radar this summer because of the second annual MURAL festival, a large gathering of art fans, performances and live...

WATCH: Short Documentary Pays Tribute To Legendary Wayfinder, Reminds Us We're All Part Of The Same Community

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 06.16.2014 | Green

Right now two Hawaiian canoes are floating in the Pacific Ocean, guided by navigators who use the stars and waves to take them around the world. It's ...

Learning Los Angeles: Judy Baca, Artist as Activist

Julia Wasson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Julia Wasson

From 1974-1975, Baca organized, hired and trained teams of at-risk youth, many of them gang members and part of the justice system, to execute this story at a time when there were no Hispanic members on the City Council or the School Board. Today, Baca and Padilla work non-stop.

On the Wall: Murals of New York

Departures Magazine | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel
Departures Magazine

In a city where tastes, whims, styles and neighborhoods change constantly, the relative permanence may be one reason why the large-scale artworks are an attractive choice.

Can the Arts Save Detroit?

Leslie Tolf | Posted 07.12.2014 | Detroit
Leslie Tolf

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I became a graphic artist in D.C. Twenty years later, I was involved with the labor movement. At the time, I didn't think that there was a connection between the two, but now I'm quite sure that there is.

How Hand-Painted Signs Helped Revitalize a Mississippi Main Street

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 06.03.2014 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Lauren Walser Artist Bill Warren hand paints the lettering on a window at The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery. There's a renaissance happening in t...

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Keith Haring Fragment Uncovered in Atlanta After Two Decades in Storage

Matthew Terrell | Posted 05.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

On the roof of Hughes Spalding Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, I photographed a fragment of a Keith Haring mural. It's about 2 feet by 3 feet and has a bright-orange snail painted on it. Mr. Snail bears a patina of grime from more than 20 years in storage.

Street Art And Graffiti From Kabul To Brooklyn

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 02.26.2014 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Afghanistan is not the first place you think of when someone says "street art scene," and Kabul would certainly be sort of low on your list of urban a...

Feel the Love in Philly

WHERE | Posted 04.09.2014 | Travel
WHERE

From art to cinema, and from spas to breweries, this is how to feel the love in Philadelphia.

This Mural Of Beautiful And Empowered Women Will Get You Through The Day

Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts

Encountering an unexpected mural or work of street art is one of those rare gifts that can elevate your mood, giving you the strength to finish off th...

Brazil: A Looming Anniversary

Simon Watson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Simon Watson

Even though it came to an end almost thirty years ago, the dictatorship still weighs upon the Brazilian soul.

A Group Of Artists Took An Apartment Complex And Turned It Into Something Extraordinary

Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

We're endlessly surprised by just how powerful perspective can be. Where most people saw a row of apartments, the artists of French creative collectiv...

Public Art: Here, There, Everywhere

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Driving through Downtown LA along Main Street, I saw a rather dramatic mural of a single, moody cartoon-like figure decorating the wall of a rather nondescript commercial building.

Richmond, Va.: A City of Historical Significance, Emerging Artists and Great Food

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Yes, Richmond's got broken storefronts and skeptical suburbanites, but there's a vibrant, youthful, Brooklyn-before-it-got-upscale vibe here, and it's worth at least a few days to explore.

The Current State of Muralism (Part VI)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

After a decade-long moratorium on public mural painting, the City of Los Angeles has finally reached a consensus to lift the ban.

Up Against the Wall, Community Healing and Public Art

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

t was meant as an offering to the town. It was meant as way for the local community to assert their love for Prescott's colorful past while reminding newcomers to respect its history and preserve its natural beauty.

Anca Dumitru: The Art of Reinvention

Anca Dumitru | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Anca Dumitru

Four years ago, I lost my job. I was sad, angry and unsure about what I wanted to do next. I knew, though, that I didn't want to go back into the corporate world, where the chances of another layoff down the line would have been pretty high. Yet, I was confused.

Fifty Shades of Sunflowers: Teen Garden Club Says No Way to Grey Walls

Annie Spiegelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Annie Spiegelman

These students are my superheroes. Nothing deters them. Worms, spiders, muddy shoes, hard dirt? No problem.

The Current State of Muralism (Part III)

Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre | Posted 12.17.2013 | Latino Voices
Rodrigo Ribera D'Ebre

For many decades, the world looked to the Mexican Muralists for technique and inspiration, but in the '70s a new cultural renaissance emerged in the American Southwest and Northern Ireland.

Road Trip Through Wild Wild Florida. Part III.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

Before gleefully gliding south to the Florida Keys, I want to mention a few places of interest (to me!), scattered around the state, which you may miss if not informed (by me!) of their existence.

Walls Can Talk: Readers Get Stories of New York Murals

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.02.2013 | New York
David Tereshchuk

According to media lore, thanks principally to the vintage series The Naked City on ABC television, "there are eight million stories" in New York. But one of the great untold stories of this metropolis is the high-quality art on its walls.

Kolor Kathmandu Injects Color Into the Nepali Consciousness

Niranjan Kunwar | Posted 11.05.2013 | Arts
Niranjan Kunwar

The Kolor Kathmandu murals inject much-needed splashes of color into the Nepali consciousness: They compel you to reimagine your national identity and redesign your idea of hope and possibility.