October 8th, 2020 marked the completion of a physically-exhausting project, but the beginning of an integral human rights conversation. 

After months spent standing on forklifts, sweat mixing with paint as the oppressive Atlanta heat pounded on her, Atlanta artist Yehimi Cambrón finished a monumental task -- to create an art piece to honor Atlanta’s immigrant community. The result is Cambrón’s breathtaking 35-foot-tall mural “Monuments: Atlanta’s Immigrants.”

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Mental health is an issue glazed over and forgotten about, even though it affects nearly everyone. The artistic world reveres its historical “tortured” geniuses, such as Vincent van Gogh or Kurt Cobain, but often fails to address the mental health issues within its own community. Artists must fight on their own to promote mental healthcare and promote awareness, as the world around them seems to ignore it in favor of the work they produce. One of these artists is Shanina Dionna, a Philadelphia based artist who works in education and mental health awareness.

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Art and architecture typically come together in packages. With installation art, you can’t have one without the other. Half of the piece is the structure, and the other half is what the artist puts into it. Installation art is typically thought to be in a physical gallery, where people pay for tickets and quietly look at the art in short intervals. But, installation artist Megan Mosholder, has continuously broken out of the traditional way of creating art,  with her extraordinary installation pieces. 

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Animation and character design are an underappreciated art. People seem to focus on, and appreciate the final product instead of the effort that went into it. The public also rarely gets to see, or even understand, the entire process, but through social media, some artists have allowed their following to grow by letting the public in on their creative processes.

American artist Oona Holtane is one of these artists, having grown her Instagram page to 44.1k followers since 2013 through sharing sketches, her final designs, and even some of the thought processes behind the images that she posts.

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One of the persistent pitfalls of art discussion is the idea of “natural talent.” A phrase that commonly accompanies this topic is that someone was “born to be an artist.” This is not an inherently wrong statement, but it often leads people to discredit or forget about the blood, sweat, and tears that a truly great artist will pour into their craft. The idea that people are good at something because they were born to be skilled at it fails to acknowledge the many exceptional individuals who were able to overcome all odds in order to become great at what they do. Portraitist Marius Kędzierski might have a few words on the subject because he has to work harder than most to create his artwork. Kędzierski only has a partial right arm, he was born without hands.

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