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Alma Thomas’s Colorful Paintings Break New Ground

On the anniversary of the death of Alma Thomas – and to continue honoring Black female artists during Black History Month – today we’re celebrating the beautiful life of this highly influential painter. 

Alma Thomas was known for her vivid colors and expressive shapes that represented the beauty of nature.read more.

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Etta James Lives On In Our Hearts & On Our Screens

Twenty years ago today, Etta James received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given to “performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording.”

Etta James is one of America’s most beloved singers, with a beautifully rich singing voice that shines across genres; throughout her career, she has sung in the style of R&B, pop, blues, jazz, and even gospel.… read more.

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Holiday Toys Revisited: The Legacy of American Girl Dolls

If the holidays can be counted on for one thing – regardless of region or cultural moment – it’s turning back the clock for a month or so, and offering up brightly-wrapped nostalgia. Nostalgia literally means the “pain from an old wound,” but today its connotations include both sentimentality and irreverence for the past.… read more.

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Alice Neel’s Portraits of the People, for the People

Today we’re celebrating portrait artist Alice Neel, on the anniversary of her death in 1984. 

Alice Neel was an American visual artist known for her portraits of people around her, from close friends, family, lovers and colleagues to absolute strangers. No matter who she was painting or how well she knew them, Alice was able to capture the soul of her subject and put it on a canvas.read more.

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Faith Ringgold’s Work Weaves Activism with Artistry

Happy birthday, Faith Ringgold! Today we are celebrating this multimedia artists’ activism. 

Faith Ringgold practices many mediums of art including painting, sculptures, performance art and even children’s books. She is perhaps best known for her quilts, which bring racial justice and gender equality into their vibrant and intricate designs.read more.

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Novelist Annie Ernaux wins the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature

Today we celebrate Annie Ernaux, who has just won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Literature. Congratulations Annie! 

Annie Ernaux is a French author who writes fiction and memoir, and sometimes a little of both at once. She is known for her autobiographical writing, which is intimate and personal while expertly contextualizing her life within a broader history and society; her written experiences are not just hers, but a part of a larger collective social consciousness.read more.

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