Arts

Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night" (© Art Images/Getty Images)

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

Art museums in the U.S. have partnered with Google Arts & Culture to bring the full exhibition experience to virtual visitors stuck at home.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
Photo collage of six women (Photo illustration: State Dept./Images: © AP Images, © Alamy, © Getty Images, © Moton Museum)

Six remarkable women honored posthumously

Learn more about the six phenomenal women recently inducted into the storied National Women's Hall of Fame and why they made the cut.
Illustration of baby in top hat sitting next to hourglass and holding calla lilies (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans we lost in 2020

In 2020, we said goodbye to many Americans who changed the world. Learn how they left their mark in a wide variety of fields.
Composite photo that includes Santa with bag over his shoulder, radar screen, military aircraft, a planet and Christmas decorations (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Santa’s accidental helper [audio]

StoryCorps is a project that collects interviews with Americans as they share their experiences. In this story, learn why NORAD tracks Santa each year.
'Campaign Song' sheet music cover (Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana/LOC)

U.S. campaign songs stir the public imagination [video]

For more than 200 years, America's freewheeling presidential campaigns have relied on music to connect with voters. That tradition is still going strong.
Illustration of two men in military uniform, one using scissors to cut filmstrip with images of ghosts (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Why is the Chinese Communist Party afraid of ghosts?

The Chinese Communist Party bans movies about ghosts and time travel as part of a censorship regime that stifles criticism.
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.
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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.