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What Song Celebrates Black History Month?

Arts | February 24, 2015 | 8 Comments

What Song Celebrates Black History Month?

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?

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Can Artist Manifestos Create Social Change?

Arts | February 10, 2015 | 4 Comments

Can Artist Manifestos Create Social Change?

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.

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Why Does Diversity in Film Matter?

Arts | January 27, 2015 | 26 Comments

Why Does Diversity in Film Matter?

To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response. Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowOscar For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now Why does diversity in film matter? Is diversity in films and other forms of entertainment important […]

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What Could a Superhero Do in Your Community?

Arts | January 13, 2015 | 557 Comments

What Could a Superhero Do in Your Community?

What are the real issues in your community that could use a superhero’s help? In collaboration with a superhero team like the Justice League, what kind of action could you take to help your neighbors and classmates, or improve your local landscape? Explore the art of Amy Franceschini.

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Which is More Truthful: Words or Images?

Arts | December 2, 2014 | 35 Comments

Which is More Truthful: Words or Images?

Consider recent news coverage of the Grand Jury’s decision in the Ferguson case. How does the pairing of pictures and captions in the media convey different points of view? How do captions affect the way we “read” photographs?

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Are Women Misrepresented in Games and Other Forms of Pop Culture?

Arts | November 18, 2014 | 164 Comments

Are Women Misrepresented in Games and Other Forms of Pop Culture?

There’s been a lot of talk in mainstream media about how women gamers and critics are being treated through cyberbullying and harassment. Are women misrepresented in games and other forms of popular culture?

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Geometric and Organic Shapes in Everyday Life

Arts | November 5, 2014 | 30 Comments

Geometric and Organic Shapes in Everyday Life

All forms start out as shapes, which are two-dimensional and can be found all around us, from street signs to designs to food. What kinds of shapes are you most attracted to in art or in everyday life?

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How Can Form Enhance Visual Art?

Arts | October 21, 2014 | 13 Comments

How Can Form Enhance Visual Art?

Throughout history, artists found many creative ways to make images that represent real life, to create the illusion of form and depth. What are the different ways you can turn a shape into a form?

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When is a Remix Stealing from the Original?

Arts | October 7, 2014 | 132 Comments

When is a Remix Stealing from the Original?

Appropriation is the intentional borrowing, copying, and alteration of preexisting images and objects. How do you determine what is considered artistic appropriation and what is considered “stealing?”

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Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

Arts | September 23, 2014 | 43 Comments

Is Studying the Arts in School Important?

In recent decades, American schools have been pressured to increase standardized test scores, causing them to make cuts to programs like visual art, music, dance and theater. Is arts education important to you?

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