Arts: Literary Arts SWAN of the Day

Amanda Gorman’s Incredible Career in Poetry and Politics

On the one year anniversary of the publication of Call Us What We Carry, we’re celebrating author, poet, and activist Amanda Gorman!

Amanda Gorman’s work centers around themes of feminism, race, oppression, and marginalization. She is best known for reading her poem entitled “The Hill We Climb” at Joe Biden’s inauguration in 2021, after which her notoriety skyrocketed.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts SWAN of the Day

Lubaina Himid’s Artwork Cannot Be Ignored

On this day five years ago, Lubaina Himid won the Turner Prize, so today we’re celebrating this prolific artist and curator. 

Lubaina is a British painter who was among the first artists of the UK’s Black Arts Movement of the 1980s. Lubaina’s work centers around reclaiming narratives and uncovering histories which have been silenced over time, exploring in particular themes of radical feminism and anti-colonialism.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts SWAN of the Day

Naoka Yamada is a strong voice in anime

On the release date of K-On! The Movie, we’re celebrating its director and animator, Naoka Yamada. 

Naoka Yamada works with the well-known anime studio KyoAni as a director, having directed and animated for a huge number of television series and films. Her work often features female protagonists and showcases her strong ability to depict her characters’ mental states and emotions through animation.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts SWAN of the Day

Jennifer Kent Masters Horror in Multiple Genres

Eight years ago today, The Babadook was released in theaters, making it the perfect day to celebrate the brilliant Jennifer Kent! 

Jennifer Kent is an Australian director, best known for The Babadook, which was actually her first feature film. The Babadook is a horror film about a single mother who must confront a disturbing intruder, manifested by her son’s fear of a monster in their home.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Tributes

Of Blood and Sacrifice: A Tribute to Ana Mendieta

Photograph after photograph depicts silhouettes carved into every natural biome imaginable. From the snowcaps of an icy winter to a captured moment where the explosion of firecrackers traverses up the ridges of a hollow linear body posted up in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The work of the late Ana Mendieta is continuously described by art historians and fanatics alike as groundbreaking, ecofeminist, prophetic, brutal, and a threat to the patriarchy.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Events/Exhibits/Festivals

Meet Courageous Iranian Women in Soheila Sokhanvari’s Exhibit

Globally, the fight for women’s rights is still happening. This can be seen in the overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States this past summer and the subsequent protests that occurred after it. 

The current protests in Iran are in response to the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She was killed by Iran’s morality police because she was not wearing the hijab to government standards.read more.

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