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In January 2020, Arizona artist Ann Morton put out a call on social media asking people to create 8 inch by 8 inch textile squares that use equal parts red and blue. The squares and the project as a whole stands for a set of values: respect for the other, citizenship, compromise, country over party and corporate influence, and creativity. Bill Tillerman hide caption

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An Artist Leads A 'Violet Protest' Against Polarization

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The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture in Chicago cut some programming but retained its small staff during the pandemic. National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture hide caption

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A New Report Shows Museums Had A Bad Year — But Not The Worst Possible

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Artist Paul Rucker is creating a new multimedia work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. That's when a thriving African American community was destroyed in a horrific act of violence that wiped out hundreds of Black-owned businesses and homes. Above, an aerial view of Tulsa, Okla., Fowler & Kelly, 1918. GHI/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Artist's Black Wall Street Project Is About Tulsa 100 Years Ago — And Today

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An aerial view of Washington, D.C., shows the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument as well as the U.S. Capitol. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Forever Marilyn' statue by artist Seward Johnson was first in Palm Springs from 2012 to 2014. Now, she's headed back to the resort town permanently. But her return is sparking a backlash. Frederic J. Brown /AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Giant Marilyn Monroe Statue Returns To Palm Springs, But Its Backside Faces Backlash

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Amanda Gorman: Using Your Voice Is A Political Choice

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Alice Neel, Self‑Portrait, 1980 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C/The Estate of Alice Neel hide caption

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Brood X Is Back — But Cicadas Have Been In Chinese Art For Millennia

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"Recycle art activist" Thomas Dambo makes gentle giants from scrap wood, old pallets, twigs and debris. Above, the troll Marit in It Sounded Like a Mountain Fell in Wulong, China. Jacob Keinicke/Thomas Dambo hide caption

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Far From The Internet, These Big, Benevolent Trolls Lure Humans To Nature

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A basic hand-sewing kit includes thread, hand-sewing needles, a thimble, beeswax, a pair of fabric scissors, an iron and ironing board. Photo illustration by Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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You Sewed Your Own Masks. Here's How To Make Clothes

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Italian officials have announced a project to build and install a high-tech, retractable floor inside the ancient Roman Colosseum by 2023, some two centuries after archaeologists removed the arena's stage. Domenico Stinellis/AP hide caption

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