Japanese triptych painting (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Metropolitan Museum makes its art available to all

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has adopted an open-access policy for its artwork, allowing anyone to download free, high-resolution images.
Girl speaking at lectern in front of large group of people at the Lincoln Memorial (State Dept.)

Students embrace the words of Martin Luther King Jr. [video]

On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 15, fifth-graders from a Washington school recite King's most famous speech from the Lincoln Memorial steps.
President Trump and others standing next to a turkey (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Thanksgiving turkey stops by the White House before going to college

Each year in the U.S., the president kicks off the winter holiday season in an official "turkey pardoning" ceremony in the White House's Rose Garden.
Waitress carrying three plates of food (© Shutterstock)

Want to walk on the moon? Start by taking a restaurant...

Successful people make it look easy, but most had to work hard to get to the top, often starting out by waiting tables or scooping ice cream.
Kazi Mannan in restaurant kitchen stirring big pot (© Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Restaurant owner feeds the homeless, hosts iftars

The Sakina Halal Grill serves everyone who walks through the door, even if they can’t pay. During Ramadan, its owner also hosts iftars for the homeless.
Two people standing on stage in front of projection screen (© AP Images)

U.S. philanthropy, growing over the centuries

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is giving billions to charity. He's following an American tradition: building a fortune and using it to serve others.
Secretary of State Colin Powell with U.S. flags (© Kenneth Lambert/AP Images)

Powell remembered as a friend by U.S. diplomats

Friends and colleagues of former Secretary of State Colin Powell mourn his passing and explain what made him an effective, admired leader.
Safiya Khalid wearing blue Islamic headscarf posing for portrait (© Michele Stapleton)

Refugees who made their mark as Americans [photo gallery]

As we take a #stepwithrefugees on World Refugee Day, ShareAmerica highlights a few people who made their mark as Americans.
Photo illustration of five people (Photo Illustration: State Dept./Images: © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Meet the 2020 MacArthur geniuses

Each year, the MacArthur Foundation gives 20 to 30 individuals $625,000 grants to pursue creative research projects in their chosen fields.