Painting a world in which women, migrants have more power

I am the child of first-generation immigrants, and I grew up in Oakland, California, in the 1980s and ’90s, when Oakland was one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

Oakland was the home of the Black Panthers, and the powerful remnants of the Black power movement remained alive in my city even while my neighborhood was being ravaged by the war on drugs, mass incarceration and gangs. My parents taught me the importance of creating something out of nothing. I was always a creative child; art allowed me to create another world for myself in my imagination, where I could be seen in my full humanity.

Favianna Rodriguez
Favianna Rodriguez

My experiences also taught me that I could tap into the power of art and culture to bring about lasting social change.

I work on climate issues because I grew up in a polluted community. I experienced sexism my

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Native American art hurt by construction, climate change

August Wood carefully inserts an awl to create an opening between rows of the basket he’s been working on. He pulls a piece of willow branch shaved down to about 1/16-inch thickness from the plastic bowl half-full of water he uses to soften the woody stem. 

Placing one end of the willow into the hole, Wood pulls the softened splint through, leaving a small tail behind, which he’ll work into the basket’s body later.

He works another opening close to where he started the splint, and loops the willow around and through, making a smooth stitch along the rod of cattail that anchors the stitches. After a few stitches with the creamy white willow, Wood switches to a splint of black devil’s claw, following a pattern that’s in his head. 

Wood’s work, including tightly woven baskets that he thinks could hold water, medallions for necklaces, earrings and other pieces are

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Andrew Lloyd Webber Teases Changes at Her Majesty’s Theatre Make It Even More ‘Phantom-Like’

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, work is underway on Her Majesty’s Theatre in London, in preparation for the return of The Phantom of the Opera on the West End. In a recent interview with The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, Andrew Lloyd Webber teased that Phans will be pleased with the theatre’s improvements.

“I was in Her Majesty’s Theatre yesterday, with Cameron Mackintosh actually,” he said. “It’s going to be when it comes back, better than ever. We’ve been able to do things to the theatre to make it even more Phantom-like.”

Click here to listen to the full interview.

The show’s official Twitter account shared a video of the theatre, in its various stages of renovation. “With the new year almost upon us, we are excited to see work at Her Majesty’s underway and are looking forward to sharing updates as we prepare to return the Phantom to its London home

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We need to fight systemic inequalities in the arts to create a diverse talent pool

Arts need to be invested in all over Britain – not just London (Getty Images)
Arts need to be invested in all over Britain – not just London (Getty Images)

At the beginning of 2020, Arts Council England set out bold new plans with the potential to kickstart a radical shift in the cultural fabric of our country. 

The ten year strategy focused on creativity and diversity and heralded a welcome shift from lofty “great art” language. It emphasised “everyday creativity” and moved away from elitist views of arts and culture, which made the arts inaccessible for so many – especially young people. 

However, arts, culture and youth services have taken a real hit, with a decade of funding cuts and the impact of Covid-19, meaning many organisations face threat of closure. 

This cannot happen – arts and culture are the soul of our communities and central to our lives, improving wellbeing and connecting people. We know that music-making, as an

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