Video games have mostly featured male characters, but women are increasingly playing video games as well. Learn how the video game industry is changing to be more inclusive of female gamers.
Source: The New York Times
Edgar Allan Poe’s dark, intense stories seem like they would make great horror movies. Read this article to explore why filmmakers have found it so difficult to capture the essence of Poe’s work on the big screen.
Source: Smithsonian Magazine
Unlike most artists, Andy Goldsworthy, the subject of the documentary film Rivers and Tides, does not intend for his work to last. Find out more about this unusual and influential artist.
Source: Sampsonia Way
Patricia Smith harnesses the power of words in her work. In this interview, read about why Smith feels that poetry—especially when spoken aloud—has the power to change not only attitudes but also people’s lives.
Source: The Los Angeles Times
Although detained in China for being critical of the Chinese government, Ai Weiwei still manages to create art supporting human rights and free speech. Read this photo essay about a visit to Alcatraz, a former military prison, and view Weiwei’s art made of Legos that speaks up for people from around the world who were imprisoned or exiled from their countries.
Source: USA Today
According to Chinese myths, dragons and humans lived side by side at one time. Learn why dragons are said to be protectors.
Source: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
In this brief biography, guest curators Eleanor Dwight and
Viola Hopkins Winner share details of the life of Edith Wharton.
Selling hangers and buying a house for a $250 down-payment were two important decisions for the Property Brothers. They offer suggestions about how to make other decisions in your life.
Source: Providence Journal
In Providence, Rhode Island, birthplace of H.P. Lovecraft, horror fans gather at Ladd Observatory each year to pay tribute to “the father of modern horror fiction.”
Source: Smithsonian Insider
The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., highlights the cultural diversity of American communities. Read to learn more about this colorful event that brings many cultures together in the nation’s capital.