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Women in the Arts

From providing historical inspiration to preserving cultural traditions to pushing the boundaries of creativity, explore the contributions women have made (and continue to make) to the arts.

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The battle for racial equality had many heroes, some who made history just by opening their mouths to sing
Flash Interactive
Explore the life and works of Martha Graham from the perspective of a (fictional) member of her company
Video Series
Members of Full Circle Productions demonstrate different types of hip-hop dance and music
Video
In this Power of Theater podcast, actress Kathleen Turner discusses the importance of theater as a means of creating a shared experience among strangers and her need to touch the lives of her audience.
Video
Playwright Marcia Norman discusses the different forms and forums for storytelling, and what is thrilling about working for the stage.
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine Harriet Tubman's life through informative resources and impressionistic art
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine the struggles of Tubman along the Underground Railroad
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Using collage, students create a scene from the life of Harriet Tubman
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Learn how African-American spirituals shared information within the slave community
Video
Felina uses her talent and spirit to transcend negativity and serve as a driving force throughout the United States, Canada, and Haiti
Video
Irish puppeteer Miriam Lambert makes the storybook Goldilocks and the Three Bears come alive.
Video
One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists, Salma El Assal performs contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs
Video
A faculty member at the University of Oregon at Eugene, Sreevidhya Chandramouli plays the vina (plucked Indian lute) in the Karaikudi tradition, combining voice and vina in her performances.
Article
A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles
Master + Work
Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language
Master + Work
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
This Day in the Arts
January 02, 1942: The Andrews Sisters record “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
This Day in the Arts
January 03, 1987: Aretha Franklin is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
This Day in the Arts
January 11, 1978: Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon wins the National Book Critics Circle Award®
This Day in the Arts
January 31, 1881: Anna Pavlova is born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
This Day in the Arts
February 11, 1934: Mary Quant is born in Blackheath, England
This Day in the Arts
February 27, 1932: Elizabeth Taylor is born in London, England
This Day in the Arts
March 25, 1942: Aretha Franklin is born in Memphis, Tennessee
This Day in the Arts
April 07, 1915: Billie Holiday is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This Day in the Arts
April 08, 1964: The Supremes finish recording their first No. 1 hit
This Day in the Arts
April 09, 1939: Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This Day in the Arts
April 18, 1926: Martha Graham first performs on stage
This Day in the Arts
April 25, 1918: Ella Fitzgerald is born in Newport News, Virginia
This Day in the Arts
April 26, 1886: Ma Rainey is born in Columbus, Georgia
This Day in the Arts
May 12, 1907: Katharine Hepburn is born in Hartford, Connecticut
This Day in the Arts
May 19, 1930: Lorraine Hansberry is born in Chicago, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
May 27, 1877: Isadora Duncan is born in San Francisco, California
This Day in the Arts
June 12, 1942: Anne Frank begins keeping a diary
This Day in the Arts
June 13, 1994: Lois Lowry accepts the Newbery Medal for The Giver
This Day in the Arts
July 02, 1934: Fox Film Corporation signs Shirley Temple
This Day in the Arts
July 11, 1960: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is published
This Day in the Arts
July 31, 1935: J.K. Rowling is born in Yate, England
This Day in the Arts
August 09, 1930: Betty Boop makes her cartoon debut
This Day in the Arts
August 16, 1958: Madonna is born in Bay City, Michigan
This Day in the Arts
September 04, 2002: Kelly Clarkson wins the first season of American Idol
This Day in the Arts
September 10, 1890: Elsa Schiaparelli is born in Rome, Italy
This Day in the Arts
September 15, 1954: Marilyn Monroe’s famous “skirt” scene is filmed
This Day in the Arts
September 18, 1905: Agnes de Mille is born in New York City
This Day in the Arts
October 15, 1951: I Love Lucy premieres on television
This Day in the Arts
October 26, 1911: Mahalia Jackson is born in New Orleans, Louisiana
This Day in the Arts
November 07, 1906: Viola Spolin is born in Chicago, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
November 12, 1929: Grace Kelly is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This Day in the Arts
November 15, 1887: Georgia O’ Keeffe is born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
This Day in the Arts
November 22, 1880: Lillian Russell makes her vaudeville debut
This Day in the Arts
December 01, 1761: Marie Tussaud is born in Strasbourg, France
This Day in the Arts
December 10, 1830: Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
December 28, 1970: Loretta Lynn releases her album Coal Miner’s Daughter
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