Arts & Culture

Courtesy of Andy Abeyta / Quad-City Times

For this week's Big Story in the Quad-City Times, reporter Amanda Hancock went behind the scenes of Ballet Quad Cities, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

Melissa and Claire talk about the intersections of art, Earth Day, and the March for Science through a closer examination of artists Katja Loher and Maria Sybilla Merian.

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Claire and Melissa discuss federal funding for agencies that support arts, culture and education, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Institute of Library and Museum Services.

  Writer's Almanac

Kiam Marcelo Junio
Augustana Photo Bureau

This week, Claire and Melissa sit down with Chicago-based artist Kiam Marcelo Junio to talk about their work, their recent exhibition and performance at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, and the obligation of institutions to create space and community for and around marginalized voices. 

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The Gallery Gap launched in March in recognition of National Women’s History Month. Women artists are not the sole focus of this podcast, but they have certainly been the primary focus of this month’s episodes.

To wrap up Women's History Month, Claire and Melissa play a game called #5WomenArtists.

Writer's Almanac

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