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In Durham, N.C., Xaris Martínez, 37, a historian at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, used tinfoil and toilet paper rolls to fabricate a “true-to-life” coronavirus piñata for the lonely 33rd birthday of her friend Haley Schomburg. “She’s an extrovert — if this wasn’t happening, it would’ve been an event,” Ms. Martínez said. Read more.

A photo of Xaris Martinez's COVID-19 pinata, on a porch alongside other birthday gifts.

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’ve launched a new series — The World Through a Lens — in which photojournalists transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. This week, Benjamin Lowy shares a collection of photographs from Easter Island.

A portrait of Benjamin Lowy

It’s rare for a consensus to form around a single film at Sundance before the awards are given or the deals announced. But ask anyone during the festival’s concluding days what their favorite film is, and they answer Garrett Bradley’s Time. Read more.

A frame from Garrett Bradley's film "Time," depicting a woman and man in a car kissing.

Talks About the Importance of Art on WUNC Radio 

Reads “I Want to Undie You” for PBS’s “Family Pictures USA”

A photo of Jaki Shelton Green sitting on a couch.

Kim says she learned most of what she uses today in her career by leaving school for almost a year before coming back to graduate. She received a psychology degree, but halfway through college, she left and spent most of her time at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, a behavioral science lab at Duke.  Read more. 

Two women talking while looking at a laptop

“The documentary artist attempts, however imperfectly, to do something about what they witness, how they feel, what they are compelled to say.” Read more.

The cover of Southern Cultures magazine

Please join us in congratulating the 2020 South Arts State Fellowship recipients. Each of these artists were selected by a national panel of jurors to receive their respective state fellowships, including an award of $5,000.  Read more.

Image from the “Jumpsuit Project DC”, a 6-mile walk across Washington, DC, from the DC Center jail to Georgetown University

Today the National Endowment for the Humanities announced a grant of $350,000 to the Oxford American, a nonprofit arts organization primarily known for the publication of the Oxford American magazine. The Oxford American is published in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas. Read more.

The logo for the "Points South" podcast.