Arts & Culture
A look at how arts and cultural activities support—and may be essential for—a healthy democracy.
by Kate Brandes I’ve worked most of my twenty-five-year career, not as a writer, but as an environmental scientist. One of my first memories at age four is of the magnolia tree outside the shabby apartment complex on the outskirts … more
by Adrian Shanker In considering sustainability, one must ask:“How are the most marginalized in our community supported?” The sociocultural area of sustainability perhaps receives less attention than the economic and environmental pillars, but sociocultural sustainability has great influence on the … more
by Doug Roysdon Over the past few years, we have come to a new and better understanding of how this place we call our town represents a unique social and cultural opportunity. It is our place to celebrate, invest in … more
by Diane Husic Recently, I took refuge from work to visit the former site of Bethlehem Steel. This may seem like a strange place for a retreat, but when your work involves ecological restoration of contaminated sites and adaptation to … more
The Role of the Arts “The arts have a great capacity as a binding community force.” —Doug Roysdon, “Quantitative Index for Sustainable Arts Organizations” (draft) “When you partner with local arts, you partner with the whole city.” —The Partnership Movement, … more
by Karen Henninger “Scientific research is based on the idea that everything that takes place is determined by laws of nature and therefore this holds for the action of people. Our task must be to free ourselves from our prison … more
Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at your right to be you: PopQuiz on fatherly responses to those coming out of the closet. Here are 10 questions from pop culture that can get you thinking about the real you.