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Arts and Culture

The Arts and Culture section highlights creative work in all mediums and disciplines with a special emphasis on artists, writers, performers, and collectives who blur the lines between art-making, personal activism, and community involvement. As they employ new artistic strategies, contemporary creatives continue to expand the role of arts and culture in public life.

This section will feature intriguing and often ground-breaking work and explore how it might illuminate the challenges and opportunities we face as we move toward a commons-based world.


March 2, 2014 | by Anonymous

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Rumit Pancholi

The Man Who Helped the World to Sing

January 28, 2014 | by Jay Walljasper

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)


March 2, 2014 |

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Rumit Pancholi

The Man Who Helped the World to Sing

January 28, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

Submission Guidelines

April 24, 2013 | By On the Commons Team

Poetry submissions are currently closed.

"The Wealth of Nations"

April 15, 2014 | By Jay Walljasper

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Mike Rollin

Stop, Thief!

April 14, 2014 | By Peter Linebaugh

Hisotrian Peter Linebaugh on commoning and our rich tradition of resistance to attacks on the commons

"Why Are We?"

April 10, 2014 | By Camille Gage

Poet Crystal Williams talks with Camille Gage about her work, beauty & Detroit

Joseph Sax (1936-2014)

March 14, 2014 | By David Bollier

A pioneering scholar of environmental law and champion of the public trust doctrine

"Clear the Table"

February 4, 2014

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Roger Higgins

"Bringing Back Water"

January 5, 2014 |

An UNCOMMON/WORD poem by Elizabeth C. Herron

The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

December 13, 2013 | By Arlene Goldbard

How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection and citizenship

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