Art Center Courtyard bw
Des Moines Art Center

I liked that this list of 19 free art museums included the Des Moines Art Center. I visited that museum at least half a dozen times while living in that city and it’s really a great example of how a smaller museum can build a fun experience. Some great contemporary exhibits, some big outdoor sculptures that are almost landscape installations, and an interesting and fun looking building to house the collection.

Temple of Baal in Palmyra
Temple of Baal in Palmyra
There are so many human tragedies occurring around the world, but I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that the history major in me feels most deeply hurt by the cultural artifacts being destroyed. Since this was written, ISIS captured the ancient city. Let’s hope they leave them untouched.

This is what walkability creates – fitter, healthier residents.

I have not followed this controversy, nor I have read much by Vanessa Place, except the slim, co-written volume, Notes On Conceptualisms, but I’m going to fall on the side of ‘not cool, Vanessa.’

But that’s certainly not the only point of view.

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