February 21, 2024

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Sona Jobarteh: The 60 Minutes Interview

Lesley Stahl reports on the kora, a centuries-old West African instrument, and the groundbreaking woman who’s mastered it, Sona Jobarteh.

Fundamental Politics—Geo-poetics, 17th Istanbul Biennial

“When economic and political troubles weigh heavily, seeing that similar problems have occurred in history or that they are shared in another geography creates the possibility that things can change,” said director Bige Örer about the 17th Istanbul Biennial...

Educating The Gambia's next generation of change makers

The Gambia Academy was set up in 2015 by the renowned musician, educator and activist Sona Jobarteh in order to pave the way for a new generation of institutions across Africa, dedicated to a process of educational reform which critically challenges and...

Protein synthesis: an epic on the cellular level

Directed in 1971 by Robert Alan Weiss for the Department of Chemistry of Stanford University and imprinted with the “free love” aura of the period, this short film continues to be shown in biology class today. It has since spawned a series...

The Lullaby Project

The Lullaby Project is an innovative community-based initiative from the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. The project brings together pregnant women and new mothers with professional artists to write personal lullabies for their babies. During...

Mafia Memorials and Messages

As a part of public art program Spazi Capaci in Palermo, Sicily, featured art displays are applied to convey messages and memorials as social weapons against the Mafia. While controversies surrounding its suitability with surrounding city culture arose,...

The Essential Museum

By Ian Koebner This commentary piece uses Kapsalon Theater, in which cultural institutions across the Netherlands skirted lockdown measures by becoming pop-up beauty salons and gyms, as a case for appreciating the cultural sector’s dire situation and...

Trolley Time at the U.S.-Mexico Border

From division to drive: El Paso, Texas, U.S. launched the creation of a round-trip trolley service to and from Juárez, Mexico, rather than supporting wall construction that would block off the city from its neighbors. In essence, El Paso chose connection...

Theaster Gates’ Work in Chicago

Building by building, artist and urban planner Theaster Gates morphed vacated sections of Chicago’s South Side, and did so while retaining the essence of the region’s initial culture and character. Gates is known and loved for his welcoming work and creative...

Miami Musicians in Golf Carts 

No one place? No problem. Fellows from the New World Symphony brought music to motion by playing live music on golf carts on Lincoln Road in Miami, FL, USA. This public interaction, while observing social distancing, brought live entertainment and evening...