Arts

Pottery jar (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Works by enslaved 19th-century artist now show in U.S. museums

David Drake, who was born enslaved, learned to read and write when it was illegal. His hundreds of ceramics with inscribed poetry were an act of resistance.
Two people playing chess while seated as group of people stand and watch (© Album/Alamy)

Why is the game of chess on fire in America?

Thanks to a combination of a hit Netflix limited series and the pandemic, chess surged in popularity among Americans during the past year.
Group of people posing (© Edward Grattan)

Giving young refugees a voice in the U.S.

Ahmed Badr, a refugee from Baghdad, created a nongovernmental organization in the U.S. to help other displaced young people express themselves.
Jennifer Granholm gesturing while speaking into microphone (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

5 contributors to U.S. society with ties to Canada

Happy Canada Day! July 1 is a day to recognize Canadians and their contributions. Learn about five remarkable Canadians making a name for themselves.
Young woman talking to group of people (© Ray Chavez/The Oakland Tribune/Alamy)

America leads in higher education

New global rankings show that U.S. schools dominate the world's top universities. Many top U.S. schools excel in both STEM subjects and the arts.
Chadwick Boseman crossing arms over his chest (© Bill O'Leary/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Howard University honors Chadwick Boseman’s legacy

The late "Black Panther" star and Howard University alumnus believed in the power of the arts to change society. Now, his legacy will be honored.
Framed pictures hanging on wall of Oval Office (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

What’s on the walls of Biden’s Oval Office?

Learn more about the portraits of presidents, presidential hopefuls and social justice leaders that sit across from President Biden's desk.
Two people holding camera equipment near woman (© 20th Century Fox/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy)

In the United States, these creators can express themselves freely

Chloé Zhao and Khet Mar had to come to America from their homelands to tell their stories openly and without government censorship.
Murals on embassy walls (State Dept.)

U.S. Embassy in Beijing offers ‘Art for the People’

“Art for the People,” a new exhibition on the exterior walls of the U.S. Embassy in China, showcases freedom of expression through American street art.