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Arts give us a way to explore our lives and the lives of others, whether it's on canvas, on-stage or on a page.

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Both William Shakespeare and Geoffrey Chaucer are known for using iambic pentameter in their famed works of literature. But what is iambic pentameter and how can you spot it?

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

The tiny Southeast Asian country of Cambodia has achieved a worldwide reputation for perfecting the art of shadow puppetry. But the practice is in danger of dying out.

By Tara Yarlagadda

It's hard to imagine, but much of the world's most beautiful art sits, rarely seen by anyone, in tax-free warehouses called freeports.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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J.K. Rowling fans rejoice! The beloved author is releasing a brand-new book online. And it's totally free.

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Gone are the days of peach and flesh crayons. Crayola just created 24 skin tone crayons to help advance inclusion through coloring.

By Carrie Whitney, Ph.D.

Painters love to include hidden symbols and meanings inside their works, either as pointed messages to specific viewers or simply as signposts to be found by a general audience. Here are six you may have missed.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Leonardo's 'The Last Supper' has had a rough history, from flaking paint to the fact that da Vinci really didn't even want to paint it.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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The wildly successful author of numerous children's books, Shel Silverstein was also a poet, musician, illustrator and man of many talents. He even lived in the Playboy mansion for a time.

By Oisin Curran

This classic celebrated its 150th anniversary of publication in 2018. With a new film adaptation coming out this month, we look at how various movie versions of "Little Women" were tweaked to fit the times.

By Oisin Curran

Orson Welles was just 23 when he read a revised script of the book 'War of the Worlds' and had much of the United States believing that aliens were invading.

By Sam Abramson & Sarah Gleim

He once completed a 33-foot (10-meter) panoramic drawing of Tokyo in eight days. And he did it entirely in pen.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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From "Showboat" to "Hamilton," each of these 10 shows pushed the musical genre forward in some way. Did your favorite show make the list?

By Alia Hoyt

Art From the Heart is an ongoing project that donates portraits to families of Georgia's soldiers who have died in the line of duty.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Just what is it that makes us unable to look away from da Vinci's Mona Lisa?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

Interned during World War II, Ruth Asawa went on to create a body of iconic sculpture, numerous public commissions and a continuing legacy for young artists.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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For such a simple nursery rhyme, the story behind who wrote it sure is complicated. Even Henry Ford got involved.

By Dave Roos

She's over 90, but doesn't look a day over 18. And her fans include Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Sonia Sotomayor. We're cluing you in on that famous girl detective Nancy Drew.

By Kathryn Whitbourne

Who is the best tour guide at the newest Dalí exhibit? Salvador Dalí himself, of course.

By Loraine Fick

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's "Infinity Mirrors" exhibition

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The famed New York City dance troupe has been kicking its way into our hearts since the early 1930s. But they didn't get their start in the Big Apple.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

You've probably seen the cute little houses on posts in people's yards. They're Little Free Library boxes and they're found in all 50 states and in 88 countries.

By Stell Simonton

This groundbreaking classic of young adult lit is finally headed for the big screen some 40 years after it was first published. Why can so many of us still recite lines from it?

By Alia Hoyt

The exhibit 'Infinity Mirrors' has been breaking records with installations just made for selfies and Instagram. But will that help museums stay relevant?

By Alia Hoyt

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Pooh and his band of friends in the Hundred Acre Wood remain beloved many decades after they were originally created. How much do you know about the books, animated shorts and the series in general?

By Alia Hoyt

Although many people think the magician's assistant is just there for her looks, she (it's usually a "she") is often the brains behind the illusion.

By Dave Roos