WHAT’S NEXT, WITH KELSI CARTER

For the third installment of “What’s Next,” Amanda D. King spoke with Kelsi Carter, cultural organizer, producer, and impact director of Shooting Without Bullets. Carter explains the role of artistic activism within social movements, the use of culture to encourage the abolitionist imagination, and discusses fostering BIPOC-led social innovation as a means to build power and impact within communities of […]

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INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC TURMOIL BROUGHT LETTERPRESS PRINTER SHADI AYOUB FROM BEIRUT TO CLEVELAND

Shadi Ayoub greets visitors to his 961 Collective in the parking lot of the Osborn Building on Hamilton Avenue. He then walks them through industrial space occupied by Ingenuity Festival, back to his small, rectangular studio. On one side of the room are machines: two Heidelberg windmill letterpresses, an industrial paper cutter, a desk. On the other side are three […]

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A SCOUTING ADVENTURE WITH NORMAN ROCKWELL, IN THE MAHONING VALLEY

  Five and a half miles due east from downtown Warren, Ohio, in the heart of Howland Township, sits the Medici Museum, which is completely singular on account of its current exhibition and how it got there. Norman Rockwell: American Scouting Collection includes no less than 65 original Rockwell oil paintings that the revered American artist and illustrator created for […]

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WHAT’S NEXT WITH BAKARI KITWANA

For the second installment of “What’s Next,” Amanda D. King’s column on what’s next in arts, culture, media, and politics, King spoke to Bakari Kitwana, cultural critic, writer, and pioneering voice in both the scholarship of hip-hop, as well as hip-hop political engagement. In the conversation, Kitwana breaks down hip-hop as the first major generational impulse that came into existence […]

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Thirty Years After The Perfect Moment

Dennis Barrie was director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center when he and the museum became the first in the US to face obscenity charges over the art they exhibited a retrospective exhibit of Robert Mapplethorpe’s provocative photos, titled The Perfect Moment. He went on to serve as executive director of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, […]

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THE YELLOWHAMMER’S CROSS: MICHAEL LODERSTEDT, GROWING UP ON NORTH CAROLINA’S EMERALD ISLE

The yellowhammer is a bird a little bigger than a robin, protected (like many other song birds) by international treaty as it migrates down the Atlantic coast. When printmaker and photographer Michael Loderstedt was growing up in North Carolina, on the southernmost dot in the string of barrier islands known as the Outer Banks, yellowhammers were a familiar sight. In […]

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