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Dasani Watkins video chats with her friend from her bedroom in Barry Farm on October 15. 2016. Watkins moved to Barry Farm with her family in 2013. "I thought this was the worst place in the world, and I could not believe my mom would bring us to this hood," she said. "But I was excited to have my own room." Joy Sharon Yi hide caption

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Joseph Quarterman (left), Bob Martin, Howard Gasaway, and Chubby Martin wear their Captain's uniforms as they prepare for the annual flag raising ceremony in June, 2016. Becky Harlan hide caption

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"Hydrant: In the Air," 1963 — "It's significant because it shows us. We were not allowed to go to the public pools. So we opened our hydrant and we cooled ourselves off. But when I saw it and photographed it I made it more than just poor people turning on a hydrant. I'm very proud of that image. And it says a lot to my community. Hopefully when you look at my image you don't see poor people." Hiram Maristany/ Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Artist Imani Turner works on a watercolor piece inspired by the solar system. "Art creates opportunities for all of us to learn about ourselves," says Tony Brunswick, the executive director of Art Enables. "We really believe in the power of art." Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Atole de elote is a warm corn drink from Central America. Student Jose Rivas wrote an essay about a weekly tradition of enjoying atole with his late father in El Salvador, and how the drink helped him to feel more at home after he moved to the U.S. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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