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Artist Theaster Gates focuses on urban renewal in Chicago

Artist Theaster Gates expands his repertoire to encompass urban renewal, through an ongoing endeavor to rebuild blighted sections of the South Side community in his hometown, Chicago.

Art Breathes Life

Ed Gaskin, executive director of Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, is actively fostering public art projects as a way to promote economic development in the area. As a result of over $70,000 in grant funding, Grove Hall is regularly producing ...

Codeblack Films’ Quincy C. Newell pens inspirational book

Newell’s book covers lessons the author learned growing up without a feather and how he has used those lessons as a guide to becoming a man. A husband and a father to four children, he began writing the book two ...

‘Resilient Current’

One year ago, artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores met with the fifth grade class of Boston’s Josiah Quincy Elementary School to talk about art and identity. After months of workshops and collaboration, the artist and the students have produced “Resilient Current,” a ...

‘Immigrancy:’ Samsøñ Gallery’s final show

Long a haven of thoughtful shows, the Samsøñ Gallery is now presenting its final exhibition after 14 years in Boston’s South End. On view through Nov. 11, the show, titled “Immigrancy,” offers a compelling sampling of works by more than ...

Kalimah Muhammad’s sculptures follow the path of self-discovery

Muhammad’s work, though physically small and minimalistic in design, is astoundingly expressive. No sculptures reach taller than a foot high, and yet they represent giants of emotion, reaching endlessly towards salvation.

Haitian painter/designer Colette Brésilla discusses her work as a feminine artist

The Haitian artist has created numerous thought-provoking, bold, provocative and colorful paintings. Her artwork has been showcased extensively in numerous American and international institutions, including galleries, museums and universities and are housed in a variety of permanent corporate and private ...

SpeakEasy Stage rewrites history with gender-bending "Men on Boats"

In 1869 explorer John Wesley Powell set out with a small crew of white men to chart the Grand Canyon. SpeakEasy Stage has taken that whitewashed history and turned it on its head with “Men on Boats,” a roaring romp ...

Central Flea market highlights Afro-centric talent

Lynae Brayboy, one seller at Central Flea, makes sterling silver hair accessories for African American women as a celebration of their culture and often contested hair.

Burn All Night: Oberon musical feeds a need for escape

The immersive musical loosely follows four young creatives in New York City on the eve of a series of world-ending earthquakes.

Farmers markets speak the worldwide language of food

I learned about the mercado al aire libre in high school Spanish, and the phrase — which means “open air market,” or literally, “market of the free air” — turned up again in college. Mercado al aire libre is a ...

Women’s Equity Project highlights black female composers

The evening, organized by Boston-based chamber group The NorthStar Duo and community organizer Zahra Ohldin, featured musical pieces by lesser-known female artists and a panel discussion about the gender pay gap and feminist advocacy.

Local artist makes comics with ‘racially ambiguous’ theme

Cagen Luse is a local graphic designer and artist that recently embarked on a new project, LunchTime Comix, a four-panel comic strip that’s a take on his own everyday struggles as a ‘racially ambiguous artist, father, foodie, sci-fi nerd and ...

Dancing up the ladder: Three talented black dancers join the Boston Ballet

The Boston Ballet’s newly announced 2017-2018 company roster represents 15 different nationalities, including three new African American dancers, Daniel Durrett, Chyrstyn Fentroy and Tyson Clark. The increasingly diverse company demonstrates strides to shape a new, more inclusive, ballet.

George Lopez entertains troops overseas

George Lopez talks about his new movie, I Am Battle Comic, a concert film about a tour he and 13 other comedians took overseas to entertain troops stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain.

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