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Christiana Spens: In the cinema, my father’s unspeakable childhood finally surfaced

Catharsis was a communal experience: although an individual might seek treatment on their own, their healing would require some form of safe social interaction,

November 14, 2021 · 1 Comment

Video: What it’s like to have Tourette’s — and how music gives me back control

Listen along as Alwani explores the power of music and delights the audience with an ethereal performance of her piano ballad.

September 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Carlotta’s Face

Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.

April 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Nora Atkinson | Why Art Thrives at Burning Man

Craft curator Nora Atkinson takes us on a trip to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to see the beautifully designed and participatory art of Burning Man, revealing how she discovered there what’s often missing from museums: curiosity and engagement.

August 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

David Huddle: Parable of My Family’s Artistic Impulses

My father, affectionately known
by his sons as Doodles, took up painting-by-the-numbers.
His vision of blue jays hung over the toilet to be
reckoned with by any urinating male.

May 14, 2020 · Leave a comment

Sandra McPherson: Going to See Dr. Jones Out of Loneliness, 1966

You have to get ready
for a more complicated life.
You have to tell him the simple things
don’t know how to put their round heads together.

October 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Giving Artists With Disabilities a Space to Thrive

. Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, is the world’s first and largest nonprofit center dedicated to giving artists with disabilities the space to let their talents shine. Since … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tristan Ahtone: How an Ancient Singing Tradition Helps People Cope With Trauma in the Modern World

Riitta Excell wore a pair of homemade wool socks: white with red floral patterns and rounded blue toes. Around her were women sipping tea and enjoying plum pastries and chicken … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: Elgin Park

. . In this award-winning short film by Pittsburgh film collective Animal, we see a portrait of Michael Paul Smith who after a childhood scarred by bullying and dark family secrets, … Continue reading

September 10, 2016 · 3 Comments

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