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Wikipedia: Edited by Real, Live Museum Curators

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Alexandra Thom created and edited a number of art history articles on Wikipedia. Why? Partly because she sees Wikipedia as an important resource. In her work she encountered gaps in information, stubs of articles, under-represented cultures, racism, and sexism. She’s left us at Pyragraph wondering whether all musuem curators will soon upload their vast cultural Read more ›

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Unique Crowdsourcing Sites

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BusinessNewsDaily published a list of five unusual crowdfunding/crowdsourcing sites that go beyond the standard Kickstarter model. With these sites, you won’t necessarily be able to ask for money. Instead, you’re mining your “crowd” for time, skills, expertise, or even medical advice. Awareness and interest in arts projects Most crowdfunding efforts involve donating money, but on Feed the Arts, Read more ›

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How to Look at Art: a Comic by Grant Snider

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Sometimes we forget why art was created in the first place, so comic-creator Grant Snider made this comic.   Art is there to be experienced. It can inspire wonder, provoke strong emotions, and alter perception. It is meant to be loved, despised, or puzzled over, but never politely ignored. Go to a museum, a gallery, a Read more ›

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A Unique Calendar For the New Year

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Time is linear, but Gregorian calendars are laid out in a grid pattern. Clocks, like the one above, work in a circular pattern. So Jeff Schwarting designed a linear calendar that matches the linear way in which we experience time. Fast Company featured his design. “Clocks represent time as cyclical, typical calendars represent it as Read more ›

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Daily Rituals: Book Review A catalog of the greats' habits

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We at Pyragraph recently learned about a book that we think will be of interest to creatives. Daily Rituals, edited by Mason Currey, catalogs the daily habits of some of the greatest creative people alive and dead. NPR reviewed the book. Daily Rituals assembles the regimens of 161 assorted creative geniuses into a lean, engaging volume. Its brief entries Read more ›

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Women in Music: Why is This Still a Big Deal?

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Why is it that we’re still dealing with women’s inequality in music? Farah Joan Fard writes about it at LaParadiddle.com. There are many instances when I’ve gone to do something with my drums and, yet, the person I am interacting with assumes I am not the drummer. When my dad wanted to get me a new Read more ›

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The Strange Histories of Classic Christmas Songs

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We’re taking a break from career-oriented content today in the Fire Pit in hopes that you enjoy learning about the strange histories of these classic Christmas songs. Merry Christmas! Boris Karloff famously narrated the Dr. Seuss classic, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. But the horror film veteran had a little secret—he couldn’t sing. Instead, the production team Read more ›

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