Elizabeth Alexander Turns to the Arts to Save Us

October 27, 2021

October is National Arts and Humanities month, and at USA Today, poet Elizabeth Alexander reflects on how art is essential to addressing the most pressing issues of our time. “Salvation is not a word to be used lightly given the crises we face,” Alexander writes. “But even as we come together to address them—through civic engagement, through work toward racial justice, through the development of new technologies and scientific breakthroughs—I believe that it is the arts and humanities that can save us: the essential us, the who-we-are-as-human-beings us.”

is a writer and illustrator. She is the author of two illustrated books, Last Night's Reading (Penguin Books, 2015) and Sanpaku (Archaia 2018).

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