Arts

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Americans read more, including literature in translation

During the pandemic, when it’s important to think about other people’s perspectives, Americans are reading more translated books.
Melania Trump standing in front of White House with group of children (White House/Andrea Hanks)

Kids use art to honor women’s right to vote

First lady Melania Trump and the Office of the White House Curator launched an art exhibition to honor the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Large "Hollywood" sign on hillside (© Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images)

Who’s been censoring your movie?

The Chinese government censors everything the government disagrees with. It even coerces foreign movie studios to edit and change their films.
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Freedom of speech and power of the arts [video]

The United States government respects the right of writers and artists to express themselves freely. Learn more about freedom of speech in America.
Three young women sitting in front of bulletin board with words and images pinned on it (© Gregory Rec/Portland Portland Press Herald/Getty Images)

Small grants boost U.S. artists and students

In the face of a national crisis, arts can help heal. Find out how small grants are helping artists and students across the U.S. to tell their stories.
Man sitting by window while wearing headphones (© Shutterstock)

America’s library creates ‘ultimate stay-at-home playlist’

The Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for posterity each year. Find out which ones were recently tapped for this distinction.
Rafael Campo leaning on a wall (© Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Poetry helps American physicians to heal

A growing number of American doctors are embracing the healing power of poetry, both to help people cope with illness and to express themselves.
Aircraft on black background (National Air and Space Museum)

Smithsonian makes millions of images free to the public

Learn more about how you can freely download and use newly released images from the Smithsonian Institution's online database.
Enlarged version of stamp featuring portrait photo of woman on display in church (© Michael A. McCoy/AP Images)

African Americans honored in stamp series [photo gallery]

These photographs show some of the outstanding African Americans featured in the U.S. Postal Service's Black Heritage stamp series.