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Audrey F. Henderson

6 November 2018

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Kids will be the ones carrying out the effects of current city planning efforts. To get kids involved in city planning at a young age, Michael Ford started a series of “Hip Hop Architecture Camps.” By teaching about b...

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Doug Smith

2 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, three young creatives tried to bring a renewal to the public art building the Triforium, aiming to “signal the flickering of a new movement.” They were met with limited success, in the form of a grant ...

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Casey Lesser

1 November 2018

Ottawa, Canada

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Diversion murals—trompe l’oeil paintings on doorways—are being used in long-term care facilities to quell dementia patients’ exit seeking behavior. Rather than using stop signs or tape, the murals are a way to address...

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M. Sophia Newman

31 October 2018

United States

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Opera theaters are struggling to sell tickets, but some productions are taking it as an opportunity to reinvent the way viewers experience Opera, bringing rise to a new opera. The University of California San Diego pr...

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Rachael Beardsley

30 October 2018

Athens, Ohio, United States

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LGBT adolescents are invited to come to the PRISM Art Education classes put on by an Athens, Ohio arts organization. Through these classes, the youth learn skills, but more importantly get to know peers and build a su...

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Amy Kaufman

29 October 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Created by three actors who are sexual assault survivors, Voices In Action is a secure and private system to report abuse. Those that report abuse can be connected to legal representation through the site as well as r...

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Audrey F. Henderson

18 October 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Funded by earmarking hotel and motel occupancy taxes, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission is funding projects focused on telling the story of the regions people and places. Through this process, the Arts Commission...

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Patricia Sullivan

17 October 2018

Blountstown, Florida, United States

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Small, cost-effective improvements to home construction were often the difference between houses that suffered small amounts of damage from Florida hurricanes and those that were destroyed. Knowing to ask for extra na...

Pacific Standard

Jane Braxton Little

16 October 2018

California, United States

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The Karuk and Yoruk tribes use prescribed burning to keep land healthy and encourage the growth of traditional foods and medicines. New resources and partnerships are helping to bring back small-scale fires and revive...

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Heather Murphy

15 October 2018

Lake Worth, Florida, United States

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GEDmatch started as a "casual side project," but investigators have been using the genealogy website to solve murder and sexual assault cases, opening a new set of both opportunity and ethical questions. The site is f...

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Michael Cooper

15 October 2018

North Carolina, United States

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Twenty years ago, five, poor, rural counties sued the state of North Carolina for failing to provide students with a good education, and won. In 1997 the Chief Justice Supreme Court judge ruled in favor of the plainti...

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Carly Stern

14 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Yvonne Jewnell and Tandra Birkett created Harlem Fashion Week in order to increase diversity in a majorly white industry. The event has drawn out a diverse crowd, 95 to 98 percent of the designers that participate of...

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Joseph Darius Jaafari

13 October 2018

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Buffalo uses its historic architecture to attract international visitors. The city offers tax credits to developers who remodel and renovate old buildings. The effort also helps attract young people back to the city.

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Rachel Kaufman

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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New York City has launched City Canvas, a program to commission artwork to beautify sidewalk sheds set up to protect pedestrians in construction sites. Arts organizations partnering with the project will pick location...

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Jennifer Guay

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11 October 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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With tourism on the rise, governments are figuring out how to limit overcrowding and environmental damage. Replicable ideas include marketing beaches and other attractions off the beaten path, regulating hotels and va...

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Javier Pes

11 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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British artist Hew Locke covers photographs of public monuments in a ‘costume’ of plastic, metal, and glass. Through these alterations, Love unearths and presents often forgotten, brutal parts of the person’s biograph...

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Emily Nonko

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A collaboration between artists, lawyers, and community members has resulted in expungement clinics that clean or clear criminal records in a manner that is legally binding and emotionally therapeutic. Clinic attendee...

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Sarah Shearman

10 October 2018

London, England

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The Hoe Street Central Bank is an artist run project that raises money through events taking place in a former bank and sells prints designed to mimic paper money. Through the money they raise, the organization buys a...

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Sarah Holder

9 October 2018

United States

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Effective visual messaging doesn’t just make political candidates stand out, it can also entice unlikely voters to the polls. The key is to pick up on what people respond to and take risks, including by hiring design ...

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John Burnett

9 October 2018

Jocotenango, Guatemala

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A small school in rural Guatemala is challenging the way that Guatemalan children are educated (if they even have the opportunity at all) by focusing on health, education, food, and art. However, although the school's...

The New York Times

Laura Holson

5 October 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Founded in the Bronx in 2000, the Ghetto Film School’s mission is to train a diverse student body in the skills of making narrative film. Eighteen years later, the school teaches classes in New York, Los Angeles, and ...

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Melissa Locker

4 October 2018

London, England

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Through the use of smart glasses, the London’s National Theatre is making theater going accessible to the hard of hearing. A play’s dialogue is displayed in the glasses, and software links the timing of the words bein...

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Emma Jacobs

2 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology has hired Syrian and Iraqi refugees living in Philadelphia to be docents for exhibitions of Syrian and Iraqi antiquities. The docents are able to sh...

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Daisy Yuhas

2 October 2018

Copenhagen, Denmark

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A school near Copenhagen, Denmark utilizes a unique open floor plan - no walls and no separate classrooms - to help advance their mission of "personalized learning," a holistic approach to education that emphasizes st...

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Katharine Schwab

28 September 2018

Mumbai, India

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At a factory in Mumbai, clever design and “resilient architecture” join together to form the “Concrete Void,” a space designed to hold water during India’s monsoon season. Rather than trying to keep the water out, the...

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