Art & Culture

Reviving a Lost Indigenous Language

When Daryl Baldwin was growing up, the last speakers of his heritage language were passing away; as of a few decades ago, that language...

A Tale of Two Toledos

In 1931, Toledoans in their small Ohio city were facing the second year of the Great Depression. They saw an economy that had thrived...

The Art of Publishing Midwestern Literature

When Robert James Russell, a Michigander, went to England to study American Modernism, he found that in the curriculum “there was kind of a...

Booktown: Ann Arbor’s Enduring Literary Legacy

Picture the perfect bookstore. Are you standing in New York City, facing the miles of shelves that make up the Strand? Are you imagining...

When Pandemic Hit, Libraries Were There — And for More Than Just Books

When 2020 hit, it seemed like no one was prepared for what was to come. Except, maybe, libraries.  Not to say the pandemic didn’t hit...

The People’s Mural of Columbus

Off of Main Street on Columbus’ East Side, a colorful, Midnight Marauders-esque mural overlooked a crowd gathered despite the growing heat of the August...

Snaps & Taps: How Black Artists Paved the Way for Slam Poetry in Columbus

In 1956, President Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act into law, authorizing one of the largest public works programs in the nation’s history:...

Young Theater-makers are Braving the Pandemic-era Stage—and Transforming It

When it became clear in the fall of 2020 that the COVID-19 pandemic wouldn’t be going away anytime soon, the University of Toledo (UT)’s...

How the Van Aken District Brought New Life to Shaker Heights: An Illustration Essay

My anti-morning person disposition requires that I have at least one iced coffee to start my day, and while Starbucks or Dunkin suffice, I...

The Transformation of the Modern Museum

Museums can originate from a multitude of places. Sometimes, they are created from a rich collection of artifacts inspired by a particular culture. Or,...

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