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The humanities and the organizations that support them. These stories center on the enjoyment and understanding of the humanities and visual, performing, and folk arts, as well as on organizations that promote the appreciation of historical events. Topics include museums and halls of fame; historic preservation; groups of artists, performers, entertainers, writers, and scholars; and programs that promote artistic and cultural expression.

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The Little Libraries Bringing Books into People’s Homes

BBC

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Around the world, people are putting out Little Free Libraries—a small birdhouse like box for people to take, leave, or swap books. These libraries have helped create easy access to book ownership and reading as well as community among neighbors.

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The Electric Forest Acid Testers

Pacific Standard

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The Bunk Police sell kits that test the content of drugs—such as LSD and MDA—providing an effective way for people to ensure they are not taking potentially harmful synthetics. While studies show that these kits provide useful harm reduction, there are often difficult legal hurdles to the distrib...

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An Affordable Housing Complex Houses One of The District’s Most Ambitious Maker Spaces

Washington City Paper

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On one floor of an affordable housing building in Washington, D.C., the NonStop Art Makerspace has made creativity more accessible. The makerspace was a group effort between Capital One, the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, and NonStop Art. Nehemiah Dixon, CEO of NonStop Art Ma...

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Dear Internet: Goats In Sweaters Are Cuter Than Kittens In Mittens

NPR

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A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ice bucket challenge supporting ALS research.

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Sikh temple could build bridge between India and Pakistan 

Washington Post

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For 70 years, India’s Sikhs have faced barriers to visiting one of the holiest sites in their religion, a template just three miles across the border in Pakistan. Now, the Pakistani government has announced plans to open a border crossing and building a connecting road. The high-profile gesture s...

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Art museum offers healing to families hurt by addiction

New Hampshire Union Leader

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The Currier Museum of Art began offering the "Art of Hope" program to families living with addiction. In group sessions, a docent guides discussion around works of art in the collection and then everyone participates in a hands on activity. The sessions build community among people living with ad...

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