ARTS

The creative spirit, and how it moves us.

When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayes
After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
Watch the Beautiful One-Minute Ad Asking the Washington Football Team to Change Its Name
by Liz Pleasant
With the owner of the team vowing "NEVER" to change its name, Native American tribes around the country launch a national campaign to do just that.
How the Real Teens Behind "The Fault in Our Stars" Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet
by Christopher Zumski Finke
They call themselves "nerdfighters"—and they're unlike any movement you've seen before.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierre
Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Bangkok Protestors Strike Back at Coup—With Forbidden Hunger Games Salute
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Thai protestors borrow a sign of solidarity from Hollywood's silver screen to fight new national curfew and banned public gatherings.
Remembering Maya Angelou: Fiery Poet of Peace
In Angelou's poem "A Brave and Startling Truth," we can sense the poet's yearning for a more peaceful and loving future.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swenson
Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.
How Stories Shape Our World
by Sarah van Gelder
This issue of YES! looks at the ways new voices are being heard, and at how their stories are transforming our culture.
How Macklemore's Trumpet Player Is Bringing Music Back to His Kenyan Hometown
The Madaraka festival is a celebration of African cultural heritage and modern-day entrepreneurship—and the proceeds will help build a recording studio for 68 youth in Kenya.
5 DIY Musical Instruments You Can Make From Stuff Around the House
by Christine St. Pierre, Miles Becker
Craft instruments from easy-to-find materials and invite more music into your family's life.
A Social Justice Tour of Oscar Winners Through the Decades
by Christopher Zumski Finke
The upcoming Academy Awards will recognize some of 2013’s best social justice-themed films. Here are some of our favorite past winners.
YES! Music Picks: What We've Been Listening to This Winter
by YES! online staff
Musical inspiration while putting out this issue.
Questions No One Knows the Answers To
TED Curator Chris Anderson shares his boyhood obsession with quirky questions that seem to have no answers.
"Human Libraries" and Classes Taught By Babies? They're All Part of the Empathy Revolution
by Roman Krznaric
Empathy can be a force for radical social change, but only if we understand how to unleash it.
Photo Essay: Pete Seeger's Life on the Hudson
by Sarah van Gelder
In December 2007, YES! editor-in-chief Sarah van Gelder interviewed Pete Seeger in his home in Beacon, New York. Seeger showed Sarah his family photo albums, his DIY solar-powered car, and, of course, a whole wall filled with banjos.