Art in her hands BTW #Throwback — International Women’s Day

In 1971, in ArtNews, art historian Linda Nochlin changed her field and her career with an essay: “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Nochlin wanted to talk about distribution and reputation. She argued that the mechanisms that taught an artist, offered materials and support and presented the artwork to the rest of the world had been run by men for…

Small Business Revolution — Why #OurNorthAdams

You’re in North Adams for a day in the heart of winter, and you want to get to know the town? I can see the challenge at a glance. It’s January. The sidewalk tables have rolled inside, and next summer’s pop-up galleries and concerts in the park are still a glint in the eye. Even the college is on break.

But even in winter this old mill town can reach around the world. On a well-below-freezing night, a Grammy-winning musician who has performed for the United Nations can get a crowd of 300 on their feet and singing.

You can find comedy and calligraphy, a bookbinder running a letterpress, an entrepreneurial meetup at a microbrewery or a menu with farm-grown purple potato chips, if you know where to look.

I’ve been looking for more than 15 years now, off and on — come on and share my table at BrewHaHa, take half of my pumpkin chip muffin, and I can show you. Take a look at what we’ve seen in the last year alone … (At the top, Nick Cave’s ‘Until’ shimmers at Mass MoCA. Photo by Susan Geller.)

Standing Together podcast with the Greylock Glass

In the wake of the November election, people across the country have seen fear and anger and exclusion become part of a national public conversation. Many people are sharing the experience of feeling that they do not belong in their familiar places. I’ve written about that feeling here. It’s called othering — making someone feel pushed…