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Belonging to the Ages

By Mieke Bleeker

Only six days after the surrender of the Confederate Army which meant an end to the Civil War, John Wilkes Booth assassinated Abraham Lincoln while attending Ford’s Theatre in Washington DC on April 14, 1865. As the news spread, the first reaction of most Americans was disbelief and shock, which turned into grief once Lincoln’s …...

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Grandeur for the Greatest

By Mieke Bleeker

The Washington Monument is an iconic structure, built to honor the first president of the United States, George Washington. But why is it shaped like an ancient Egyptian obelisk? Although the obelisk was always part of the plan for the monument, the original design by Robert Mill looked very different. It seems to have been …...

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Architecture of Power

By Mieke Bleeker

“There is but one way for the moderns to become great, and perhaps unequalled … by imitating the ancients.” German historian Johann Winckelmann (1755) No one took this more to heart than Pierre L’Enfant. With Rome in mind, his design for Washington DC contained monumental buildings like the White House and the US Capitol connected …...

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Rising from the Ashes: The Afterlife of a Phoenix

by Joske Meerdink

During a late evening walk, journalist Joske Meerdink decided to turn right and go across the local graveyard. It lead to an unexpected find that sets off a voyage of discovery, taking Joske across the Atlantic. As she pieced together the story of a group of nineteenth-century Dutch migrants from the village of Winterswijk in …...

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Nikole Hannah-Jones: 1619

A New American Origin Story

“In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.” Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones has devoted her career to exposing systemic and institutional racism in the United States. Chief among her …...

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How to Shape a Capital

By Mieke Bleeker

1790, Philadelphia. In the temporary capital of the United States, President George Washington must make an important decision. The War of Independence has been over for several years, and the new Constitution requires the government to establish a federal territory for the nation’s capital. But representatives from the north and the south have been bickering …...

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The Cultural Council

Orange County was called a ‘cultural desert.’ Today, it is home to more than 200 arts and organizations that offer over 42,000 events.

Discover culture

Our local sector is becoming a crossroads for the creative scene of the 21st century. The world is watching to see what's taking shape.

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Frank Plaza

“I am not interested in photography where the subject is playing”

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A Life for Dance, 32nd Annual Art Show

Featuring art works by students of Counter Arts Learning Center

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Cultera Magazine is an article and high design magazine highlighting craftsmanship, culture, music, and life as a Millennial.

Cultura Magazine was established in 2016 by columnist picture taker team Maya Francis and Pierre Ross.

The two needed to dispatch a production that influenced Millennials to need to tune in and feel like they’re being heard.

Time after time are youth, Black youth specifically, left in the edges.

Cultura Magazine has united creatives and given them a place to convey what needs be and be seen.