Tunisia’s president has become a surprise champion of Arabic calligraphy in his country, shining a light on the artistic tradition as Arab states lobby for its recognition by UNESCO.

President Kais Saied sparked both admiration and mockery on social media when images emerged of hand-written presidential letters on official paper not long after he took office in October last year.

An academic with a keen interest in the art form, Saied had studied with well-known Tunisian calligrapher Omar Jomni.

To prove that Saied had penned the documents himself, the presidency released a video showing him writing in a guest book.

The president “writes official correspondence in maghrebi script and private letters in diwani”, Jomni said, referring to two forms of Arabic calligraphy.

Maghrebi script is a form of the older, angular style of Kufic calligraphy, while diwani is a more ornamental Ottoman style popular for poetry.

The president’s “recognition” of

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BEDFORD, MA — Coronavirus restrictions may have kept Bedford students out of the classroom for the better part of the year, but it didn’t stop them from creating. Bedford Public Schools students continued to make impressive artwork and the district is determined to showcase their work, despite physical barriers.

In the spirit of creativity and innovation, the district made this year’s annual art gallery a virtual tour. Artwork from students from Davis Elementary all the way up to Bedford High School is all on one website.

This is the Bedford Public Schools K-12 Art Show’s 25th anniversary.

“Creating art may never be more important than it is right now,” wrote Sean Hagan the district visial arts director, “Art allows an outlet for creativity and imagination, stress and anxiety relief and provides a means to connect with others.”

The gallery is set up so that the viewer can click through different

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Claim: Photos from the civil rights movement were originally taken in color but shown in black and white to make them appear older

The Black Lives Matter movement, along with protests sparked by the death of George Floyd, have generated a wave of discussion on race in America.

One social media post in particular has attracted notable attention. It claims photographers made photos during the civil rights era in color but they were purposefully shown in black-and-white to make them appear older.

The post has amassed almost 60,000 retweets and 130,000 likes on Twitter. It then appeared on Facebook, where it has been shared more than 4,000 times.

The post consists of four color photos from the 1963 March on Washington, the 1965 Selma March and a demonstration in 1968 following the death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Although it’s unclear through what medium the user claims the

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On May 31st, 2020, the artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff, better known simply as Christo, passed away at home in New York at the age of 84. Immediately after, some people posed the question “if all your art is temporary, what can you leave behind?” Still, it’s all but certain that Christo’s legacy will long outlast the temporary large-scale installations he created with his wife and collaborator, Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009. That’s what photography is for — and Christo documented many of their works himself. But ultimately, as far as they’re concerned, permanence is inconsequential.

Iconic installation artist Christo, who passed away late last month.
Iconic installation artist Christo, who passed away late last month.

“I think it takes much greater courage to create things to be gone than to create things that will remain,” Christo said.

Aerial view of Christo's
Aerial view of Christo’s

Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects dramatically transformed the most unexpected public places, often in surprising ways. Take “Wrapped Reichstag,” for

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