Music & Memory Helps Patients With Dementia Rediscover the Soundtrack to Their Lives


Popping in a pair of earbuds and queueing up a playlist on our phone or iPod is something most of us take for granted. We typically don’t think about how much a song lifts our spirits as we walk down the street or drive to work. We just listen.

But what if music was suddenly missing in our lives?

Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, got to thinking about that.

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Why Photographer Dorothea Lange’s Political Legacy Continues to Endure

She is my first answer when people ask me who my favorite photographer is/was.  I would give almost anything to capture the emotion in the subject and instill the empathy in the viewer with photographs the way that she mastered.  Truly she was one of a kind.

6. Dorothea Lange in Texas on the Plains, ca. 1935

Who? It’s hard to imagine the landscape of modern documentary photography without the defiant, principled and tireless presence of Dorothea Lange. Born in New Jersey in 1895, Lange is today widely acknowledged as one of the most influential image-makers of her century, having relentlessly documented some of the most turbulent political and cultural times in American history: from the tired, hungry and desperate Dust Bowl refugees of the Great Depression, to the Japanese-American internees she felt were being unjustly incarcerated post-Pearl Harbor, through to the thousands of women who made up the workforce in the shipyards of Richmond during the Second World War.

A visual activist, proto-feminist, and early environmental campaigner, Lange triumphed over adversity in her young life after contracting polio at the age of seven – an illness that left her with a misshapen foot, causing her to walk with a limp for the rest of her life. This episode imbued in her a sense of empathy which she felt contributed to her ability to engage with her subjects. “Lange was a strong advocate for the power of photography to effect real change,” explains Alona Pardo, curator of the retrospective Dorothea Lange: The Politics of Seeing, newly opened at the Barbican. “She dedicated her life to telling the truthful stories of the communities she sought to represent and record.”

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How To Edit Pictures With Lightroom Photography Tools

Contrary to what your favorite Instagram accounts may have you believe, you don’t need studio lighting, zoom lenses, tripods, and reflector discs to take a really good picture. You certainly don’t need studio space or a team of assistants. All you need is your phone. Your phone is the ultimate way to share your life, allowing you to take any mundane or unexpected activity and turn it into art — or at the very least, a lasting memory. All you have to do is point, snap, edit, and upload.

In partnership with Adobe Lightroom CC, we tapped eight artists to do just that. Armed with only a camera and the Lightroom app, they divulged how they make art from the most unexpected sources of inspiration: from the seeds on a sandwich bun to the contrasting geometry between buildings and plants. Ahead, each artist takes us behind the scenes of their photography, from beginning to end, and every editing step in between. (Of course, not all of us are experts in this area, so make sure you brush up on the basics before getting started with your own mobile editing.)

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What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

Humanities majors are becoming increasingly desirable to corporations. Just take a look at this recent study suggesting that Google’s most-prized skills in its employees are those cultivated by a humanities degree rather than a STEM degree. But even if you don’t have a degree in the humanities, you can still take insight from the wisdom that programs of study like English, history and philosophy have to offer.

For example, I recently read Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry in preparation for a poetry segment in one of the literature courses I’m teaching, and I was struck by how much of Oliver’s advice to budding poets is incredibly relevant to the corporate world as well. The following points and their accompanying Handbook quotes demonstrate how the humanities, and poetry in particular, can offer fresh advice and creative strategies for becoming a better employee, business owner — you name it.

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Robert Kirkman’s Invincible Is Being Turned Into an Animated Amazon Series

The Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman has found his next adaptation. Amazon Studios just gave a straight-to-series order for an animated show based on his Image comic book Invincible, told over eight hour-long episodes.

You may recall the project was previously set up as a movie with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg writing and directing. That’s still in development—but first, the recently-ended comic book series will be adapted as an “adult-animation” series on Amazon.

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Students combine art and science to help mobilize disabled pets

Rising seventh- and eighth-graders from Coppell ISD got a unique opportunity this week to help animals while exploring artistic and engineering challenges.

More than 100 students worked Tuesday to design wheel carts for disabled pets at a STEAM camp hosted by the Coppell ISD Education Foundation at Lee Elementary School in Irving.

Instructor Josephine Durkin modeled the lesson on a class she teaches at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where she’s an assistant professor of art.

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Where art meets science: Microbial masterpieces


Where art meets science: Some microbiologists have gone creative with their microbes, turning their pipettes and agar-filled petri dishes into paint brushes and canvases, and creating what is known in the community as agar art. Luke Anthony Tan brings you four winning pieces from the 4th agar art contest organised by the American Society for Microbiology this year.

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20 Curators Taking a Cutting-Edge Approach to Art History

The word “curate” has been borrowed by a wide range of industries, so it’s easy to forget what it actually entails. At museums, curators do much more than put together enticing selections of objects. Yes, they’re charged with choosing the art that we see and the way we see it, but they’re also guardians of cultural heritage; experts in niche pockets of art history; interpreters of priceless works of art; and, in some cases, deft navigators of international diplomacy and import laws. They might travel the world to secure artwork loans from private collections, or work with technologists to develop digital tools that enhance the museum experience.

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A new cryptocurrency art auction is selling shares in an Andy Warhol painting

A new kind of art auction is taking paintings out of the picture. You can go online and buy shares in an iconic Andy Warhol work using cryptocurrency—but the physical object will not hang in your home, and you can’t own it all.

Today (June 20), the first such blockchain art auction begins. Up for sale is a 1980 Warhol silkscreen called 14 Small Electric Chairs. Only 49% of the painting—so just under 7 small electric chairs—is available for purchase. The other 51% will remain with the current owner, Eleesa Dadiani. That means she’ll hold chief control over the artwork, but offer digital certificates of ownership to successful bidders.

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