About the Creativity News Desk
The Creativity News Desk amplifies stories about the power of arts and creativity in the Midwest.
We commission stories from writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators, and podcasters. We also support partnerships, grants, and learning opportunities for the media field.
We seek out stories that go beyond traditional arts coverage and celebrate creativity in all its forms. We are especially focused on stories of, by, and for Native communities, rural communities, and communities of color.
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An initiative of Arts Midwest, the Creativity News Desk is generously supported by Builders Initiative. Builders Initiative is the philanthropic team of Builders Vision, an impact platform dedicated to supporting people and organizations building a more humane and healthy planet. Builders Initiative is a strategic philanthropy that includes grantmaking and impact investing.
Arts Midwest is also generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, Wisconsin Arts Board, 3M, Crane Group, and individual donors and partners.
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Recent Creativity News Desk Stories
This Wisconsin Museum Preserves and Prints With the World’s Largest Collection of Wood Type
September 26 2023
From type factory to “working museum,” Hamilton still calls Two Rivers, Wisconsin, home, bringing artists together from all over the world.
A Bright Spot: The First Two-Spirit Powwow in Rapid City
September 21 2023
Local and national attendees participated and people danced with and for their communities at the inaugural powwow of its kind in western South Dakota.
Turning Green Wood into Spoons in Rural Wisconsin
September 19 2023
Drawn by the utility and accessibility of the craft, spoon carvers in the Driftless region gather to create a new niche for future generations.
Infusing Creativity into Mentorship for Youth in Cleveland
September 14 2023
The founders of the Museum of Creative Human Art are driven by their own experiences at the intersection of art and community as Black artists and educators.
Meet Dani Tippmann, a Native Plant Tradition Bearer in Indiana
September 12 2023
A member of the Miami (Myaamia) Tribe of Oklahoma, Tippmann’s work brings people together through plants, culture and sense of community.
Folk Art Takes Root Among Rural Iowa Willow Weavers
September 6 2023
From growing their materials to teaching others the craft, Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee’s artistic practices are creatively interwoven with their lives.