arts

Man leaping as woman plays musical instrument (Margaret Schulman)

Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.
Corner of layered building (© Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post via Getty Images)

Smithsonian stamp shows African-American history is American history

A new stamp honors the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's the first time a Smithsonian museum is on a U.S. postage stamp.
Group of young people (© Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

The positive power of an MTV teen drama

"MTV Shuga" has achieved remarkable results as a public health campaign that persuades viewers to adopt safer behavior that limits the spread of HIV.
Drawing of three Japanese men and woman (Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/2008680261)

Japanese woodblock prints online — and free

The most recent gift from the U.S. Library of Congress to the world is a collection of more than 2,500 stunning Japanese woodblock prints.
Ahd Kamel in dark dress standing on red carpet (© Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/DIFF)

International actresses find their place on American TV, movie sets

Saudi-American Ahd Kamel and Kenyan-Mexican Lupita Nyong’o are among the international actresses who have found success in American television or cinema.
People in band uniforms in formation, playing instruments (Courtesy of South Bend Tribune/Greg Swiercz)

Small town, big sound

The John Adams High School marching band of South Bend, Indiana, has been an essential part of the community for generations.
Photo collage of 6 artifacts (© Jonathan Dorado/Brooklyn Museum)

Korean artistry stakes its place at a New York museum

The Arts of Korea exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum looks at Korean art over nearly 1,800 years, highlighting Korea's unique artistic identity.
Nikki Haley and Ivanka Trump greeting fellow theater patrons (© Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

After 9/11 attack, Americans saw humanity at its best

A hit musical on Broadway sheds light on the goodwill directed toward Americans following the September 2001 terrorist attacks.
Floor mosaic tile showing figure of bird (© Ariadne Van Zandbergen/Alamy)

U.S. helps Egypt preserve bird-themed mosaics [video]

In Egypt's ancient port city of Alexandria, visitors are discovering the exquisite bird-themed mosaics of a Greco-Roman villa from over 2,000 years ago.