David and Art

A small arts commission created by Theodore Roosevelt still can make headlines in today's Washington.


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David and Art - "Losing Their Marbles"

May 31, 2021

Greece and Nigeria are just two of the countries which question whether art that was hauled off long ago ought to stay with the people who took it.


David and Art - "Mr. and Mrs. Mondale"

Apr 26, 2021

Remembering a former vice president of the United States calls to mind his wife as well, and what she did for the arts.


David and Art - "Dissolving Collections"

Apr 19, 2021

As works of art pass through the ages, they sometimes come together in a museum's collections for the delight of the public.

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David and Art - "Never-ending Staircases"

Apr 12, 2021

The works of a Dutch graphic artist born in the 19th century still have the power to captivate the mind.

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David and Art - Two Artists in Nature

Mar 29, 2021

Sometimes we miss seeing what connects great art if we focus too much on superficial differences in the artists themselves.

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David and Art - "Following Where it Leads"

Mar 22, 2021

Like history itself, following artistic leads can open doors of discovery that you never even knew were there.

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Art forms never simply disappear as long as there are people dedicated to keeping them alive.

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David and Art - "Ragtime"

Mar 1, 2021

A Texan born shortly after the end of the Civil War was instrumental in creating one of America's most distinctive styles of music.


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David and Art - August Wilson

Feb 8, 2021

Thinking about a great playwright, and his century-long account of what life was like for millions of Americans.

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David and Art - "What Art Can Express"

Feb 1, 2021

Art has the ability to express emotions that words are incapable of relating.

I once heard songwriter David Crosby—of the group Crosby, stills, and Nash—remark that as an artist, his job was to put into words things that basically weren’t compatible with language. It was 2014 and he was speaking in the context of a medical procedure he had had and how, upon emerging healthy from it, he was, for the first time in his life, speechless at what the doctors had done for him.  He said as an artist, he was completely unfamiliar with that feeling.  It revealed to him the gravity of the situation he’d been through.  

That quotation stuck with me.  Indeed, it was a sign of his ability as an artist that he was able to grasp and express that role for an artist. It’s not just songwriters who do this.  All artists take upon themselves the job of making communicable

David and Art - "Ambiguity"

Aug 12, 2019
Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Most of us aren't very comfortable with a lot of ambiguity, but it's a key element in great art. 

When I walk into the classroom to teach history, I don't set out to tear down people like Thomas Jefferson or Abraham Lincoln. What I do, however, is tell a very human story full of complexity and ambiguity, which inevitably begins to - if not exactly contradict - at least complicate the more simple stories so many of us heard when we were younger. 

Creative choreography and graceful movements are two key ingredients in turning human motion into art.

Earlier this summer I sat down in an auditorium here in town to watch my daughter dance in her last recital of the season. 

There are four dance companies in the studio where my daughter dances and each did several numbers over the course of the four-act show. 

Alternative newspapers are an important element in a city's art scene.

In 1928 modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg said that "art is from the outset naturally not for the people," and over the past 150 years or so, plenty of other Modernists have said similar things about their art, and this is certainly true for a  lot of their work. But I sometimes wonder if almost all great art is a poor fit with today's culture and in some real way an alternative to it. 

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This month on Conversations With Creative Waco, host Rae Jefferson talks with the Creative Waco staff Fiona Bond, Kennedy Sam and Stefanie Wheat-Johnson about their second annual ArtPrenticeship mural program and what the community can expect to see by the end of the summer.