Arts and Literature

Kennan Institute Summer Reading List

The Kennan Institute asked some of our scholars to share part of their 2018 summer reading lists with us. Here are a few of their picks, ranging from social media savviness to the history of the Russian ballet.

Nina Jankowicz, Global Fellow, Wilson Center

 

Celebrating Black History Month with A Cappella Group Reverb

The Wilson Center’s African American Heritage Event Committee is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of live entertainment by the a cappella group Reverb.

Can Music Change the World?

Can art be a transformational power in society and in creating more equal and ethical leadership? The Wilson Center’s Finland Scholar Emilie Gardberg helps answer the question, “Can classical music change the world?” That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW. 
 
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A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial

A Rift in the Earth tells the remarkable story of the ferocious "art war" that raged between 1979 and 1984 over what kind of memorial should be built to honor the men and women who died in the Vietnam War. The story intertwines art, politics, historical memory, patriotism, racism, and a fascinating set of characters, from those who fought in the conflict and those who resisted it to politicians at the highest level.

Kyrgyz Cultural Evening: “Rooted in Felt” & “Salt Peanuts”

The Kennan Institute and the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada invite you to an evening celebrating Kyrgyz art, both contemporary and traditional. The event will begin with a reception featuring a display of artworks at the Wilson Center. The exhibit, titled “Rooted in Felt” has been organized by the organization Voices, a DC nonprofit, and includes felted rugs, wall panels, fashion design, and other objects created by artisans from Kyrgyzstan and this Central Asian republic’s neighbors such as Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Russia.

Community Development: The Power and Potential of Creative Placemaking Part 2

What is “Creative Placemaking” and what is its role in shaping neighborhoods, towns, and cities? Following a conference of artists, community development experts, and policymakers convened by the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, together with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, and Partners for Livable Communities, we spoke with some of the conference participants and asked them to help us answer the question. Part 1 provides an overview of Creative Placemaking and the possibilities it represents.

Community Development: The Power and Potential of Creative Placemaking Part 1

What is “Creative Placemaking” and what is its role in shaping neighborhoods, towns, and cities? Following a conference of artists, community development experts, and policymakers convened by the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, together with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, and Partners for Livable Communities, we spoke with some of the conference participants and asked them to help us answer the question. Part 1 provides an overview of Creative Placemaking and the possibilities it represents.

Brent Lindsay and Amy Pinto and Community-Specific Theater

A garage door dominates the cinderblock industrial storefront tucked onto Santa Rosa, California’s Sebastopol Avenue next door to the Criminal Baking Company and uncomfortably close to a major highway cloverleaf. Only a splash of purple paint and a seemingly handmade red sign suggest what lurks inside – an exciting scrappy theater company -- The Imaginists -- dedicated to art, activism and community, bringing theater to the disenfranchised and the disenfranchised to contemporary American theater.

Grace Srinivasan and Paula Maust and Baroque Music

On almost any given Sunday nine blocks west of the White House on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue, the parishioners of Saint Stephen Martyr Catholic Church are transported to thoughts of Heaven by the golden soprano voice of Cantor Grace Srinivasan. Srinivasan, who grew up in the Washington area, graduated with degrees in music from nearby George Washington University, and studied ballet, the cello, and, later, voice at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory.

Urban Life and Creativity: From Conflict to Cultural Innovation

What role does the experience of urban life play in stimulating creativity? In his newest book, “The Muse of Urban Delirium,” author Blair Ruble writes about the challenges of urban diversity, conflict, and creativity by examining the emergence of artistic expression in a series of specific cities at particular times. His analysis provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

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