Arts: Literary Arts Interviews

Meet Cynthia Ehrenkrantz: Creativity Lasts a Lifetime!

Cynthia Ehrenkrantz is a woman of many creative pursuits; among them cooking, singing, and writing. She’s done all of these throughout her nearly ninety years.

Guest Post by Karen Gershowitz

Singing in a chorus has been part of her life since was a teenager. When she was seventy-eight years old, she attended the Jewish Choral Festival. … read more.

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Arts: Literary Arts Awards/Prizes

2022 MacArthur Fellows: Writer Robin Wall Kimmerer

Six women artists are among 25 people selected by the MacArthur Foundation to receive prestigious 2022 MacArthur fellowships (known as ‘genius grants’) in recognition of their extraordinary creativity and promise to advance the future of their fields.

These six women whose pioneering work brings insight and inspiration — a literary historian, a plant ecologist, three musicians, and an architect — will each receive $800,000, a no-strings-attached award as an investment in their potential.… read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts Milestones

As Black History Month Begins, Faith Ringgold Has Finally “Arrived”

Faith Ringgold is an American artist whose work transcends generations with timely and timeless pieces that speak volumes on the Black identity in the United States that still resonates with young and old audiences. But it was only last year — in 2022 — that she finally received the exposure she had long deserved.read more.

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Arts: Visual Arts SWAN of the Day

Photographer Marilyn Stafford: From Fashion to ‘Silent Stories’

On this day in 1998, Marilyn Stafford published her first book of photographs, Silent Stories: A Photographic Journey Through Lebanon. Silent Stories is considered an important historical document as well as a tremendous collection of artwork; the same can be said of much of Marilyn’s work. 

Marilyn’s photography career began rather wildly.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts SWAN of the Day

Filmmaker Lana Wilson Captures the Humanity in Every Subject

On this day three years ago, Miss Americana became available to stream on Netflix. This documentary was an up-close and personal view of Taylor Swift, who had been in the public eye for over a decade, but had never gotten to properly tell her story (that is, outside of her music). 

Miss Americana gave Taylor the space to explore the struggles, both personally and publicly, that she had faced as a person who found fame so early in her life.read more.

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Arts: Cinema Arts Awards/Prizes

Oscar 2023: Best Doc Nom for “Fire of Love”

Appreciation by Roza:

Fire of Love (2022) is a documentary from Sara Dosa that follows the lives and careers of daring French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft via archival footage. It was fascinating to see the tapes they had collected throughout the years, with close up shots of lava oozing and splashing and hardening that mesmerized.… read more.

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