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A set of pink seesaws allowed people to share some fun along the U.S.-Mexico border wall this week. Here, a woman helps her little girls ride the seesaw that was installed near Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico. Christian Chavez/AP hide caption

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This costume, with corn husks and feathers and paper flowers, is worn by a member of a dance group that gathers in cemeteries and other places to mark Day of the Dead festivities (called Xantolo, the word written above the mask). The idea of combining a skeletal mask with European fashion was devised by the Mexican artist Jose Guadalupe Posada, who lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Phyllis Galembo hide caption

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Zara's parent company Inditex announced new sustainability goals this month. But can a fast-fashion brand built on growth truly become sustainable? Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Can Fast Fashion And Sustainability Be Stitched Together?

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Artists are requesting that the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York remove their work from its biennial showcase over a museum board member's ties to the sale of law enforcement supplies including tear gas. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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At Whitney Museum Biennial, 8 Artists Withdraw In Protest Of Link To Tear Gas Sales

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Musicians walk on a crosswalk painted like a piano outside the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Increasingly, urban designers and transportation planners say this kind of art — colorful crosswalks and engaging sidewalks — leads to safer intersections, stronger neighborhoods and better public health. Brett Dahlberg/WXXI hide caption

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Walking On Painted Keys: Creative Crosswalks Meet Government Resistance

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Augusta Savage was an artist, educator, activist and community leader. Her work is the focus of an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, organized by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. She's pictured above with her 1938 sculpture Realization. New-York Historical Society hide caption

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Sculptor Augusta Savage Said Her Legacy Was The Work Of Her Students

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Doug Roble: What Happens When Visual Effects Aren't Limited To Just Movies?

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Nir Eyal: How Easy Is It To "Unhook" Ourselves From Our Devices?

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Finn Myrstad: What Happens When We Sign Away Our Online Privacy?

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"I consider myself one who creates clothes, and fashions clothes, and uses it as a vehicle to fashion young minds," says clothier Dapper Dan. Jelani Day/Dapper Dan of Harlem hide caption

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Dapper Dan, Telling Stories In Leather, Fur And Logos

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Luthier Freeman Vines sits with his hand-carved guitars in the tobacco field by his house, 2015. Tim Duffy/Courtesy of Music Maker hide caption

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Capturing The Undersung Blues People Of The Rural South

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Douriean Fletcher made everything from earrings to armor for the 2018 film Black Panther. Fletcher spent time studying in South Africa, and learned that, for some, "what you wear is telling somebody who you are — whether it's the region you're from, the status you have within your family, or in your community. ... I wanted to make sure that I had applied that to my own work." Marvel Studios 2018 hide caption

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The Goal Is To Feel Strong, Says 'Black Panther' Jewelry Designer

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