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Matthew Mazzotta: How Can We Redesign Overlooked Spaces To Better Serve The Public?

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Shari Davis presentation on the TED MainStage, as part of TED2020: Uncharted. July 02, 2020. Photo courtesy of TED. Courtesy of TED hide caption

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Shari Davis: What If You Could Decide How The Government Spends Public Funds?

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We asked NPR readers to share the items they can't live without in the pandemic. From left to right: Kenji Hall with his traditional Japanese pot, Trish Kandik with her foster dog Penelope and Lauren Morton with a takeout container of Indian food. Kenji Hall, Trish Kandik, Lauren Morton hide caption

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A model walks the runway during the Zuhair Murad Couture Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021/2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 7, 2021. Kristy Sparow/Getty Images hide caption

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Sandro Botticelli, Ideal Portrait of a Lady ("Simonetta Vespucci"), 1475-80, tempera on poplar panel Gemäldegalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin hide caption

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Greek police says they have recovered two paintings by 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, nearly a decade after their theft from the country's biggest state art gallery in Athens. Petros Giannakouris/AP hide caption

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With in-person shows cancelled, costume designer Ivania Stack has been making personalized coasters to make a little extra money during the pandemic. Courtesy of Ivania Stack hide caption

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New Grants Are Available For Arts Groups Sidelined During The Pandemic

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The Lincoln Center campus, presently adorned in a green carpet of synthetic grass, hosts a Juneteenth experience June 19. Sachyn Mital/Lincoln Center hide caption

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In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom

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Painting by David Bowie on auction. Cowley Abbott hide caption

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A David Bowie Painting That Sold For $4 At A Thrift Store Is Now Up For Auction

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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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