Art & Culture

Madam C. J. Walker, America’s First Self-made Woman Millionaire, Lives On in Indianapolis

Decorated with a striking blend of Art Deco and African motifs on its interior, the Madam Walker Legacy Center is a testament to the...

The American Studio Glass Art Movement Was Born in Toledo, Ohio — and Continues its Legacy There

In the summer of 1962, a group of curious artists gathered around a furnace in a garage at the Toledo Museum of Art. The...

Detroit Is Changing the Classical Music Status Quo

For Andre Dowell, an epiphany about the classical music world hit him during his first performance as a percussion major at the University of...

“Urbexers” Are Documenting America’s Post-industrial Past

The United States is littered with abandoned buildings, especially across faded industrial cities of the Midwest.  As the success of manufacturing giants like Detroit, Cincinnati,...

Strokes of Color: Celebrating the Art of Toledo’s Latino Cultures

In the heart of South Toledo’s Broadway Corridor, strokes of color adorn the otherwise nondescript structures of streetside storefronts … Railings, window frames, doors and cornices boast brilliant blues, deep reds, pale yellows and an array of pinks and purples.

Community Theaters in the Midwest Are Innovating for a New Era

Kyle Omlor is just a regular guy who loves all things theater.  After discovering his passion for theater through his son’s involvement in high school,...

Paradise Found? The Intriguing Saga of Cincinnati’s Mercantile Library

Does a tree really fall if no one’s there to hear it? Is a book really read if no one’s there to discuss it? In...

From War to Wurst: German American Culture in St. Louis

It’s a sunny day. The sky is a pale, cloudless blue. The warmth of a newborn autumn hangs in the air. The sounds of...

The Modernist Marvels of Columbus, Indiana: Building Community Through Architecture and Design

From Eshaan Mehta’s childhood affinity for Lego to the vast real estate he built on Minecraft, his pull towards the architecture field has always...

A Tiger in Ohio: How Bill Watterson’s Hometown Inspired “Calvin and Hobbes”

In 1995, the final edition of Bill Watterson’s iconic comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” ended with the title characters (a precocious, rascally child and...

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