Streets and Stories

Today’s post is a slight departure from our usual profiles of folk art and traditional art, yet is a powerful example of the questions we raise about place, home, and the creativity of everyday life. Posted by  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture in Philadelphia, this story provides one answer to our question: What creative things do folks do to make life livable?

This piece from Public Radio International highlights a series of Youtube videos called TopGoon, a finger puppet production used to criticize the Assad regime in Syria.

The artists behind the web series are Masasit Mati, a group of Syrian actors, working in a creative space of public protest that 18 months of brutal civil war has enabled.

Jameel, one of the actors, said, “It’s the first time in our lives as artists, as young men and women, that we can criticize the regime. We wouldn’t dare to…

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