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When is a Remix Stealing from the Original?

Arts | August 18, 2015 | 135 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 | August 3, 2015 | 44 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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Can Artist Manifestos Create Social Change?

Arts | July 8, 2015 | 8 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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What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

Arts | July 1, 2015 | 19 Comments

What’s Your Favorite Dance Move?

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?

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What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

Arts | June 23, 2015 | 142 Comments

What Ordinary Object Best Represents You?

You might be surprised to learn that for many artists, inspiration often comes from ordinary, everyday objects, experiences, and materials. What everyday object or material best represents you?

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Do You Learn Better Through Making?

Arts | June 2, 2015 | 107 Comments

Do You Learn Better Through Making?

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?

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How Can You Find Beauty and Positivity With Your Camera?

Arts | May 5, 2015 | 4 Comments

How Can You Find Beauty and Positivity With Your Camera?

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.

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Are Women of Color Represented Equally on Television?

Arts | April 21, 2015 | 57 Comments

Are Women of Color Represented Equally on Television?

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?

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Does Pop Culture Affect Your Views on Feminism?

Arts | April 7, 2015 | 13 Comments

Does Pop Culture Affect Your Views on Feminism?

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?

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