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In 2014, Adriene Jenik felt called to contribute to the climate change conversation in a meaningful way. The Arizona State University art professor, who grew up with a professional psychic mother, turned to the “guidance system of the tarot.” It took her two years to develop her own tarot deck, crafting each card out of agave paper and recycled cotton and linen, hand-drawing a unique symbol on each and adorning them with plant-based pigments. She...

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San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Kansas City and Phoenix are all places fashion designer Maria Behnen has called home. Currently, she teaches at Arizona State University’s Fusion on First, an apartment community and entrepreneurial incubator that helps students master their crafts, from architecture to fashion design. “It’s very rewarding to give back and help ASU grow the fashion program,” Behnen says. It’s a full-circle moment for the designer: She found her love...

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What does it mean to be “beautiful”? According to Nancy Gómez, Miss Latin American of the World, the definition of “beautiful” transcends physical appearance. “Beauty comes from within,” she says, “Sometimes it’s with their spirituality, sometimes with their mind, their thoughts, their actions, and/or their relationships with others, but it all comes from within and so that is how it shines through to the outer self.” To call Nancy Gómez just a beauty queen is...

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Award winning Chilean author Alejandro Zambra begins his literary residency in Phoenix next week.Presented by CALA Alliance (Celebracion Artistica de las Americas) in partnership with Changing Hands Bookstore, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, and Cardboard House Press, the Bonsái author will participate in a series of free literary events in the Valley including a bilingual workshop at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, a visit to Arizona State University and a lecture and book reading at Changing Hands Bookstore. (Event details below.)

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Dozens of ceramic artists will open their studios to the public this weekend at 17 locations across the Valley for Arizona State University Art Museum's annual Ceramic Studio Tour. Each studio has a lead artist who has invited special “guest artists,” enticing us with a promising variety of shapes, sizes and styles.