Why does character matter? What are the skills you need to flourish in the 21st Century? A global “cloud filmmaking” project led by Tiffany Shlain launched with a film about The Science of Character, and she is now gathering entries from students, teachers and communities for a new film, The Adaptable Mind. Use your mobile […]
FEATURED VIDEO: Andres Amador’s Earthscapes: Art that Goes Out with the Tide Using public beaches as his canvas and rakes as his brushes, Andres Amador creates large-scale artworks that explore nature’s geometry — and life’s impermanence. Do Now What do you believe is the role of public spaces? Public spaces can be physical (ie., a […]
Artists have a history of publishing manifestos. A manifesto is a written public statement declaring the intentions, motives, or views of an individual or group. Manifestos are noted for their powerful and bold language. Create a short manifesto that expresses your own point of view about the role of art or artists in political and social change.
You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking. What’s your signature dance move?
For several years now, the practice of making things has really turned into a cultural phenomenon. Referred to as Maker Culture or the DIY Movement, self-sufficiency through completing tasks without the aid of a paid expert (aka do-it-yourself), usually involving technology and online sharing has truly exploded around us, especially in the Bay Area. Why is this happening?
Documentary photographer Paccarik Orue worked on a project called There’s Nothing Beautiful Around Here in Richmond, California, a city with a reputation for being unsafe. Take a photo of something that you feel is beautiful and a sign of positivity in your everyday life.
Representation of women of color on TV has increased, but how they’re represented and to what extent still leaves questions. What representations of women of color do you see in film and media?
Beyoncé is one of a few pop stars making a stand for feminism—a term that represents the equality of all people regardless of their gender. How are women of color, such as Beyoncé—who identify as modern feminists—changing the landscape of pop culture today?
There are many different ways to consider the elements used to make an artwork. Where do you notice the seven elements of art in your daily life?
On Sunday night, America watched Common and John Legend win an Academy Award for their song “Glory,” which was part of the film about Dr. Martin Luther King, Selma. As Pitchfork described, Common and Legend accepted the award with a speech “connecting the struggles of the film with modern conflicts of police brutality, mass incarceration, and voting rights,” and both the performance of the song and the artists’ speech moved the audience to tears. Is there a contemporary artist or song that you think celebrates or honors Black History Month?