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MacArthur Fellow Courtney Bryan’s Musical Resilience

Composer Courtney Bryan could be considered a musical architect, highly gifted in crafting intricate, introspective, and oftentimes politically charged compositions that immerse you into her sonically compelling world.

The New Orleans native is one of this year’s MacArthur fellows. The MacArthur Fellows Program awards exceptionally talented individuals to continue their creative, intellectual, or professional endeavors that contribute to the benefit of human society.read more.

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Dyani White Hawk, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Wants Us to Rethink Art

Dyani White Hawk wants us to rethink art. She posits that European-American histories have created a hierarchy wherein certain forms and aspects of art are uplifted while others are devalued. Her focus on Indigenous aesthetics, drawing from her perspective as a Lakota woman, is constantly working against this narrative, with the intent to showcase the parts of her artistic histories that have been excluded.read more.

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Ada Limón, 2023 MacArthur Fellow, Captures the World in Verse

Ada Limón was once the self-proclaimed “kid that stared out the window and looked at trees when [she] should have been paying attention to the teacher.” Now, she’s a 2023 MacArthur Fellow. She credits this transition to the very same tenets of her personality that informed her early preoccupation with nature.read more.

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MacArthur Fellow Jacqueline Stewart Preserves Film History

Today, in anticipation of the upcoming 2023 MacArthur Fellowship announcements, FF2 revisits 2021 winner Dr. Jacqueline Stewart. Jacqueline is a film scholar, professor, and writer. Her professional career has seen Jacqueline take on monumental tasks in all corners of the film industry: from the preservation of historical home movies to directing the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures itself. read more.

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Jawole Willa Jo Zollar Fuses Dance and Activism

Today, FF2 celebrates the exemplary career of dancer, choreographer, and teacher Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. On this day in 1988, Jawole and her dance group Urban Bush Women performed in the multidisciplinary show Heat, staged in one of New York City’s most established avante-garde theaters, The Kitchen. Heat combined dance, poetry, and drama.read more.

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Jazz Violinist Regina Carter: “I Wanted to Have My Own Voice.”

Regina Carter is a musician I have admired for years. She’s a jazz violinist and composer whose performances are electrifying. When I found out that a friend could connect me with her, I jumped at the chance. Interviewing her was like speaking with an old friend. She was warm, friendly, and open.

When Regina plays, she radiates exuberance.… read more.

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