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Honoring an Artist

August 12, 2020

Ruth Asawa was an American artist. She became famous for her abstract sculptures. She usually made them from wire. Their forms were inspired by nature. Asawa’s life and work are now being honored on a postage stamp. On August 13,…


Time Off

All Smiles

July 16, 2020

A fun way to put yourself in a good mood is by creating a mood board, sometimes called a vision board. What’s that? “It’s a collage of anything that inspires you, makes you happy, or speaks to you,” says Susie…



Artful Giving

July 14, 2020

Chelsea Phaire is trying to cheer up the world, one art kit at a time. The 10-year-old is the founder of Chelsea’s Charity. Its mission is to deliver art supplies to kids in all 5o states and, eventually, to kids…



Just Six Words

June 29, 2020

Updated June 29, 2020 Writer and journalist Larry Smith asks an interesting question: “Can you describe your life story in six words?” He leads a project called Six-Word Memoirs. A memoir is a story about the writer’s experiences. The project…



Write Now

September 26, 2019

Want to know something special about Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen, by Donna Gephart? The book’s first draft was written inside of 30 days, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that takes place each year in…


Off the Charts

September 5, 2019

Hit songs have typically followed a formula set by the music industry. But in the last decade, streaming and social media have changed the game. Rising stars can now find fans directly, without support from the music industry. No…


Art In Action

November 30, 2018

It was an ordinary day at Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. People were rushing through the busy train station on their way to and from work. Then the creatures showed up. At first, they looked like multicolored haystacks:…



Painting History

February 26, 2018

Before leaving office in January 2017, President Barack Obama took care of an important piece of official business: He chose an artist, Kehinde Wiley, to paint his portrait. First Lady Michelle Obama chose Amy Sherald to paint hers. Their selections…

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra


Making Music Again

February 16, 2018

A project to repair damaged instruments is bringing music back to public schools. In December, 400 musicians, young and old, marched onto the stage of the 23rd Street Armory, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One hauled out a cello with dangling strings.…


Star Ballerina

February 5, 2016

A basketball court is an unusual place to dance ballet—or for a star ballerina to be discovered. But it was on a court at a Boys and Girls Club in San Pedro, California, that Misty Copeland took her first ballet…