Addie Kae Figurative Paintings

Artist Statement: My paintings are based on photographs of my mixed race family. My skin tone gives the impression that I don’t struggle fitting into the majority, which is untrue. I use photographs of my father’s side of the family because I feel there was so much beauty in their lives, even as they struggled…

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Diverse Theater Programs Are a Must By Leela Kiyawat

Studio lighting, a lone electric keyboard, swishing jazz shoes, and clipboards galore.    The youth theater audition room is a place where casting directors crucify, justify, and disqualify until they can excavate a golden cast list from the phenomenon that is American youth theater. As an Indian-American kid who spent my summers in theater camp, my…

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Hilla Shapira Artwork

“I see objects and bodies as agents of ideas. I use text, material, and the body as critical tools to raise questions about design norms, normativity and the manner in which we interact with objects. How do our object-related behaviors affect us? What does queer design look like? How do queered objects operate or should they operate at all?”

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THE STORY THUS FAR by Kosi Dunn

Whose imagination birthed you? The handiwork of stolen  books, a patchless quilt a stranger’s kindness resting on the shoulders of each patient lover. I got  excellent taste, everyone I touch unmakes me. Perhaps  there is a knack to this melting in a mouth, sniffing  out the better God, settling for  my highest self. I cool…

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“ACE IT” — Music Video (ft. SaulPaul)

As school districts around the country face the challenges of reopening campuses amid the uncertainties of the pandemic, Central Texas districts are turning the crisis into an opportunity for positive solutions. The non-profit organization, E3 Alliance has launched a campaign called ACE. A partnership between schools and families that allow students to ‘attend’ by being present for remote or on-campus learning with a feeling of wellness, safety and belonging, ‘commit’ by showing dedication to learning with a feeling of connection to what is being taught and ‘engage’ by displaying academic progress with a feeling of confidence and accomplishment. members of the ACE task force consist of 10 school districts and the University of Texas at Austin. Their collective impact work will benefit the Central Texas region so all students ultimately ACE their school year. To do the campaign roll out E3 teamed up with the Grammy nominated music artist SaulPaul to produce a song to encourage student attendance, commitment and engagement.

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Staff & Contributor Picks: Musicians That Bring You Comfort

Throughout our lives there are musicians whose work shapes us and is there to guide us through confusing times. Whether that musician is someone who you grew up listening to because your mom loved them, or an artist whose album helped you through a tough breakup, music has the power to comfort us when life seems uncertain. Here is a collection of musicians that hold a special place in the hearts of our team and past contributors. – Joana Meurkens (Artistic Director)

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