Through her work as a film-maker, Maggie Whittum helps the rest of us make sense of this upside-down world we find ourselves in. And she reminds us that, unfortunately, this disorientation is familiar to people who survive stroke. Andrew Simonet, founder and director of Artists U, recently wrote an essay entitled, “This is What We […]
beauty and wonder
“Find a bit of beauty in the world today. Share it. If you can’t find it, create it. Some days this may be hard to do. Persevere.” – Lisa Bonchek Adams (1969-2015) This is a hard time. There’s no getting around it. But I keep finding glimmers of light and bits of beauty, online and […]
Sunflowers have always been my favorite flower and now I know why: They turn to each other for help. Image: My backyard sunflower patch at its midsummer height (I gave up on growing vegetables this year and reaped a crop of beauty instead).
Jacqueline von Edelberg created a striking installation on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, March 25. Each strip of cloth represents one child killed by a gun in the U.S. since the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, 13,000 in all. The installation served as a backdrop for a rally commemorating the one year […]
Ashley Eakin, a filmmaker, is being brave and showing her real self online. She does it on behalf of the kids who share her rare condition so they can see themselves, in her image — a beautiful example of how the internet can be a bridge to hope and inclusion. Watch: When she mentions in […]
I have found that we can anticipate the future by paying attention to artists. Like hackers, artists bend tools until they break and ask, “Why CAN’T I do that?” They push the edges of any field they find themselves in. Autodesk, which makes software for people who make things, created the Pier 9 Residency Program to […]