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How Music Could Help Solve Architecture’s Diversity Problem
Only 4% of registered architects in the US identify as black or African-American. Wisconsin-based Mike Ford of BrandNu Design believes that the (as yet largely unexplored) connection between hip-hop and architecture can act as a means for a new generation to get interested and involved in the field. At Co.Design, he talks with Diana Budds about his work on the forthcoming Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx.
Actors With Disabilities Are Ready, Willing and Able to Take More Roles
As modern theater productions undergo a necessary shift towards more racially diverse casting--hello, Hamilton!--and characters of color continue to shine on stage, the industry is (gradually) opening up to inclusionary opportunities for actors with disabilities.
Ferguson’s Radical Knitters: “If Someone Asks Me What I’m Doing, I Say, ‘I’m Knitting for Black Liberation'”
For The Yarn Mission--a group of knitters in Ferguson, Missouri, brought together in 2014 by the city's egregious police brutality and subsequent protests--practicing their craft in public is an opportunity to engage the community in their unique form of activism, bound by yarn, needles, and a desire for radical social change.
Jesse Williams Is Awarded Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards, Gives Powerful Acceptance Speech
Actor and activist Jesse Williams was presented with the Humanitarian Award at last night's BET awards, and proceeded to give a potent, rousing, unflinching speech about racial realities and responsibilities, about those who have had their lives taken and those who can continue to commit theirs to black liberation and true freedom. A must-watch for everyone.
Designing for The Public Interest in Brazil’s Favelas
Listen to an interview with architect Pedro Henrique de Cristo who, along with his wife Caroline, started +D // Design with Purpose, an "antidisciplinary studio that conducts research, design and development integrating public policy, architecture and technology to create public value, intergenerational legacies and systemic change." Their work on Parque Sitie has transformed the former landfill into Rio de Janeiro's first "agro-forest."
As LA County Ends Solitary Confinement for Minors, Artists Step in to Reimagine the SHU
In May, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted to stop placing incarcerated youth in solitary confinement (except in extreme cases). Now, the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network is working to transform those special housing units--or SHUs--into cultural hubs, "cooling down" areas, and "hope centers." At Camp Joseph Scott juvenile detention center in Santa Clarita, a new mural project has given a new outlet to the 25 girls in custody.
The Radical, Online Vulnerability of SARK
It can be easy to be honest on the Internet, but to be earnest and sincere is somehow tougher, and yet: SARK--aka Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy--has turned her creative companion workbooks, self-discovery journeys, and emotional openness into a rainbow-emblazoned digital empire. But don't let the bright colors fool you; she explores heavy topics and real issues.