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Euronews

Rosie Frost

28 January 2021

United States

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The growing account known as “EcoTok” on the social media app TikTok is working to expose more people to data about the climate crisis and tackle scientific misinformation. With more than 80,000 followers and 1.2 mill...

The New York Times

Ben Dooley

16 February 2020

Japan

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Kumamon, a black bear with rosy cheeks, is a mascot for a Japanese town who helped sell millions in merchandise, drive up tourism, and increase tax revenue because citizens can direct some of their income taxes to the...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

16 January 2020

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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At the Motus Theater, formerly incarcerated individuals participate in JustUs – a performative program that gives them the space to share their stories. The Boulder-based program aims to complicate the narrative of th...

The National

Priti Salian

7 January 2020

Duisburg, Germany

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Connecting with art enriches the lives of patients struggling with dementia and Alzheimers. Across Germany, several programs are using art to stimulate the minds of an aging population. At the Lehmbruck Museum in Duis...

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Emily Nonko

11 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artis...

The Trace

Elizabeth Van Brocklin

8 October 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Producing art restores dignity and a sense of purpose to victims of violence who suffer from disability and chronic pain. In New York City, the Open Doors collective empowers patients at hospitals like the Coler Speci...

Middle East Eye

Olivia Cuthbert

18 June 2019

Beirut, Lebanon

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Building community around storytelling preserves cultural heritage. Across Lebanon, individuals and institutions like the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and the Theatre Monnot in Beirut are working to preserve oral cult...

BBC

Dan Lytwyn

6 May 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Changing stereotypes surrounding sexuality for indigenous women requires addressing the underlying issues of culture, colonization, and identity. The Virago Nation burlesque collective, based in Vancouver, CA, blends ...

Yes! Magazine

Stacey McKenna

28 February 2019

Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico

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Artistic collaboration transcends political barriers and can foster a transnational identity. On the US-Mexico border, initiatives like the Dreams Across Borders project, initiated by the Mexican Consulate, and the Bo...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 February 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Story-telling, poetry, and other performance art helps to bridge cultural divides and allows individuals to present more nuanced representations of their communities. Thanks to a grant from the Said Foundation, the Hi...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Stefania D'Ignoti

5 December 2018

Catania, Sicily, Italy

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Theater bridges cultural divides and helps migrants cope with trauma. The Liquid Company, founded in 2013 in Catania, Italy, offers migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who have crossed the Mediterranean a therapeut...

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Gregory Scruggs

19 October 2018

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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Layette is replatforming itself to embrace local culture over a dangerous oil dependency. CREATE, a voter-approved initiative in the city, funds cultural events and festivals to create new economic drivers and to prom...

CityLab

Barry Yeoman

15 October 2018

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Durham, North Carolina works to maintain diversity of communities and perspectives by evaluating the inequities built into their current housing laws and economic opportunities. In redevelopment planning, the city als...

The Huffington Post

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...

CityLab

Mary Hui

20 July 2018

Hong Kong, China

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Excessive noise, particularly from street performers, can sound the demise of pedestrian zones. After 18 years, Sai Yeung Choi Street South will reopen to cars. Another solution could have been better noise regulation...

Artsy

Tess Thackara

15 May 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A diverse group of people developing, coding, and testing artificial intelligence technologies is critical as the inherent biases of the creators can be found in the AI. Artist Stephanie Dinkins is working to raise aw...

Artspace

Jillian Billard

30 November 2017

New York, New York, United States

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In some communities, the founding of art galleries in historically impoverished neighborhoods has led to development, the severing of community ties, and displacement. “Artwashing” signifies how culture can aid in the...

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Priyanka Borpujari

17 March 2017

Junquillo, Morazán, El Salvador

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Even in the face of rampant violence, corruption, and poverty in El Salvador, hope rises for youth in the form of TuYulu ("our hearts") batucada workshops. The organization promotes and encourages young groups of mu...

The Atlantic

Isabel Henderson

1 March 2017

La Paz, Bolivia

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In La Paz, local government is using people dressed in zebra costumes to direct traffic and change the behavior of people who break the rules. La Paz borrowed the idea from Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, ...

NPR

Angus Chen

23 July 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Embodying beloved characters, cosplayers are able to access what they find special and strong about these characters and find inspiration for their own lives. This inspiration—once the costume is off—can result in out...

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