Subject: Arts & Culture

  • Poem: “Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization”

    Yes, Your Honor, there are rodents, said the landlord to the judge, but I let the tenant have…  · 

  • Poem: “What Must Be Done”

    Do not hate them. Do not be angry with them: The real estate agents, appraising the value of…  · 

  • Art Just Became Even More Essential

    “Art gives us tools other than the master’s tools,” said Greg Jobin-Leeds, a co-author of When We Fight…  · 

  • Caption: A poem by artist and land trust homeowner Molly Van Avery, who spearheaded the “This Home Is Not For Sale” project last year.

    Exploring Foreclosure Through Art

    In Minneapolis and Boston, artists help explore the losses (and gains) of foreclosure with work that supports advocacy and community building.  · 

  • Poem: “This Yes”

    When the federal government required the mills of Cohoes to hire “colored” workers or lose war contracts, the…  · 

  • Interview with Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation

    Rip Rapson is the quintessential mid-westerner: quiet, modest, the last person in the world to toot his own horn. But if you look at what he’s accomplished and the insight he brings to his current work, you’ll get a much better picture of who he is and the challenging, important work he spearheads at the Kresge Foundation.

    A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to speak with him, trace his experiences and the projects he conceived or championed over the years (some of which we’ve written about, but, not surprisingly, without his name attached to them) and drill into the opportunities and difficulties faced by a large philanthropic organization as it works to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate—as dynamic entities with systems that fully integrate, even if they do so in a seriously dysfunctional way.

    One interest Kresge has is in arts and culture, and we spent some extra time talking with him about the importance and role of arts and culture in community health and development.  · 

  • Progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon performs at the Anacostia Arts Center.

    The Catalyzing Power of Art

    Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods—but sometimes locally-based artists need some support to kick their “businesses” into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up.  · 

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack discusses plans for Thunder Valley with Nick Tilsen, executive director of the TVCDC in 2015.

    An Artist’s Way of Seeing: Community Engagement in Creative Placemaking

    How are artists converting the power and creativity of art into community-led change?  · 

  • Urban Art or Graffiti Vandalism?

    Review of Stations of the Elevated, by Manfred Kirchheimer, 1981.  · 

  • Artwork created by Taller Puertorriqueño in Philadelphia’s El Centro d’Oro area.

    Claiming Space

    Community-driven art projects are helping to define and reshape neighborhood spaces in Philadelphia.  · 

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