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Arts & Culture

From artistic collaborations to creative problem solving, the arts have the power to lift us up and transform our future. These stories celebrate art, creativity, and culture in all its forms.

Image: People on boats going down a canal in Giethoorn

How This Little Town Survives without Roads or Cars

What if you never had to hear the sound of cars outside of your window again? For the residents of this Netherlandish town, that's reality: most of Giethoorn isn't accessible by four wheels, but rather by canal boat! Here's a lovely look at a world without roads.
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Image: two cars racing in the 24-hours of lemons

Welcome to Burning Man for Car Geeks!

Taking creativity to whole new levels is even more fun in a crazy community! You won't see shiny cars or world-class engines at this car race, no, but you will see some of the craziest Frankenstein-like cars around. Best thought of as "Burning Man for car geeks," the 24 Hours of LeMons shows there is no end to possibility!
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Image: woman sifting through clothing racks at a vintage clothing store

Want to Meet Like-Minded People? Get Dressed!

Turns out, your choice of clothing can yield tremendous power. If you've ever found yourself yearning for close friends, a dream job, or an easy way to show the world what you are all about, look no further than your dresser drawers. Here's how your closet tells the world who you are!
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Image: Green door in the sandstone—an entrance to an underground home in Coober Pedy

Human Ingenuity Never Fails: The Town Built Underground!

What do you get when you combine resilient people, extreme weather conditions, and a former mining town?  In Coober Pedy, residents live, work, grocery shop, and do everything else... underground. This unique and fascinating lifestyle is a great look into how humans can learn to thrive, no matter the challenges we face. They give a whole new meaning to the term "down under"!
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Image: David Zinn sitting on his front porch steps with his little creations gathered around him

Obstacles Can Be Inspiration—Just Look at This Chalk Artist! 

If you've ever felt stuck, held back, or like you just couldn't make sense of the task in front of you, here's an interesting place to start: your limitations. Using your obstacles for inspiration is just what chalk artist David Zinn does when he needs to break through his creative block. His story proves that perhaps, your roadblocks could be just what you need to create something amazing. 
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Image: Wooden sauna in the grasses with mountains in the background

The Steamy Reasons Finland Is Obsessed with Saunas

Step into the hot, steamy, world of… Finland? Yep! With over 2 million saunas throughout the country, the town of Lapland has piqued our curiosity. So, why is the entire town and country so obsessed with saunas? It's more than just the health benefits. Here's a look at community quirks that'll leave you feeling refreshed!
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Image: person standing infront of a large painting with their hands behind their back

How Nuclear Bombs Are Revealing Forgeries!

What do priceless works of art and nuclear bombs have in common? Well, if you're trying to sniff out art forgeries, those bombs come in handy! It turns out art heists are a lot more high tech than you may expect.
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