Unwavering Friendship in the Face of Art

Creative Growth Art Center is a studio for artists with disabilities, supporting a multitude of world-renowned artists and bolstering burgeoning talents. The common ground for most artists here is a shared experience of an inequitable amount of hardship and tragedy during some point in their lives. When joined together in shared space and by a mutually fundamental desire to create artwork, it almost invariably fosters a heightened social awareness and sense of empathy. Having the freedom to discuss these issues openly with peers while simultaneously engaging creatively can result in both emotional and artistic catharsis.

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Education in Prison: Defying the Odds

Anthony Cardenales was only seventeen when he went to prison. Seventeen years later, when he went home to the Bronx, he quickly found a job at a recycling company in Westchester. A few years later, he had become its manager. How did Anthony defy the more common fate of returning to prison within three-to-five years after release? The answer is simple: he went to college in prison.

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Queer in West Virginia

In high school, I never imagined finding online spaces boldly embracing the terms “Queer” and “West Virginia”. Despite growing up with two gay aunts and other close queer influences, the things I was told and the things I told myself about who I was and where I came from wrongly left me believing there weren’t any people like me in West Virginia. I believed this until I began discovering the digital queer community.

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The Undiscovered Place in Portugal Where Music Happens

Trás-Os-Montes is a place with infinite beauty, ancient culture and a lot of character. Known for their generosity and good food, Transmontanos have been forgotten for too long. That was the starting point for us at INDIEROR, a non-profit organization from Chaves, Portugal. We work with the community to develop cultural alternatives in a very isolated and deserted region of the country, in order to give visibility to our town and region.

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Designing for a Healing Environment

Eskenazi Health is Indianapolis’ public health system. It comprises a downtown hospital and ten primary healthcare clinics throughout the city. While the hospital has had different names over its 160-year history, the mission has always been to serve the health needs of the community regardless of their ability to pay. While there are other hospital systems in the city, as the public hospital, Eskenazi Health supports uninsured individuals and those that are vulnerable to rising healthcare costs.

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March for Science Iowa Takes Research to the Streets

Fear rippled through the science community in early 2017 as a new president and Congress took office. Research grants and communications from key government science offices, especially those associated with the environment, were suspended. The science community—not just researchers, doctors and academics, but also average Americans—rose up.

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A Collaboration with the Detroit School of Arts

When I saw what the DSA students did with my song, it completely changed the way I thought of the song. In fact, it changed the meaning of the song—I realized it was about inclusion, welcoming and not being alone. It's a more generous interpretation of the song than what I do with my voice. Just goes to show how a song can change (radically!) depending on who is singing it.

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Balkanized!

Meaning: to divide a region into smaller, mutually antagonistic states. That wasn’t the case at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, held at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. It’s a two day festival of music and more from the Balkan countries, and it is generously inclusive. Hungary (technically not quite Balkan), Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and Montenegro.

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