Carrie Brownstein

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In searching for inspiration on musician, writer, and actress Carrie Brownstein, I didn’t have to look far. She has participated in so many creative endeavors including Portlandia, the Riot Grrrl movement, Sleater-Kinney, NPR, Wild Flag, and so much more. I first became a fan of Carrie, as many of us have, through watching the quirky […]

Smart Arts: Claire Morgan

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Claire Morgan is an internationally exhibited artist based in London. Using drawings and sculpture, she has a particular interest in the natural world and natural forms. She often uses taxidermy in her sculptures, where she suspends creatures and plants in the air, creating a delicate spectacle exploring time and change. Here, I interviewed Claire about […]

Smart Girls in The Arts: Michelle Johnson


It’s no secret that opera, a four-hundred year old craft known for amazing voices and intricate plots, has struggled in wooing audiences in recent years. Early this year, The Metropolitan Opera House announced that they “brought in only 69 percent of its total potential box office revenue last season…the lowest in recent years”. At the mention […]