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2020 Year in Review: Big Arts Stories

To recap 2020, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year. Today we’re looking at some of the big arts stories that made the news in 2020.

Graphic Novel Wins Newbery Medal for First Time

Covers of Newbery and Caldecott Award winners for 2020.
On Monday, the American Library Association announced the winners of several major children’s book prizes. This year, for the first time ever, a graphic novel won the John Newbery Medal.

Bob Dylan Continues to Surprise

A performance by Bob Dylan on October 7, 2016
Bob Dylan has been writing songs and singing them since the 1960s. His work has affected many other singers and musicians, and changed pop, rock, and folk music. Now, at 78 years old, Mr. Dylan continues to surprise people.

The Coronavirus is Changing Movie Viewing

Empty theater
With people around the world on lockdown and movie theaters struggling to stay in business, many people are wondering whether the coronavirus will permanently change the way people see movies.

With Viewers at Home, Entertainment Goes Online

Bruce Springsteen Working on a Dream Tour 2009, Valladolid, 01-08-2009
With millions of people unable to go out because of COVID-19 (the new coronavirus), musicians, theaters, TV stars, and film companies are using the internet to bring entertainment to people at home.

Egypt Moves Ancient Statues to Cairo

Sphinx avenue from Karnak temples
In spite of complaints from archeologists, the Egyptian government has moved four ancient statues from a 4,000-year-old temple and placed them in the center of a busy traffic circle in downtown Cairo.

Pippi Longstocking Turns 75

Pippi Longstocking illustration by Ingrid Vang Nyman - Pippi lifting a horse.
Pippi Longstocking, the fiery 9-year-old red-haired hero of children’s books, turned 75 yesterday. The first Pippi Longstocking book, written by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, was published in 1945.

J.K. Rowling Releases New Story Online for Free

J.K. Rowling's announces her new story, "The Ichabog".
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced that she is publishing online a fairy tale that she wrote for her children. The story, called “The Ickabog”, will be published for free in parts on its own website.

Christo – an Artist Who Dreamed and Built Big

The artist Christo in 2005
Christo, the artist who worked to turn landscapes and buildings into massive, temporary works of art, died Sunday at age 84. Christo surprised the world again and again with the imagination and size of the artworks he created.

BTS’s Dynamite Blows Up US Charts

South Korean boy band BTS at the 2019 Seoul Music Awards on 15 January 2019
Last week, the hugely successful South Korean “boy band” BTS set another new record – their new song “Dynamite” became the most popular song in the US in the first week that it was released.

Is It “The End” for Movie Theaters?

A closed movie theater in North Carolina lists movies related to the coronavirus in August.
This year has been terrible for many businesses, but the movie business has been hit especially hard. Today, one of the world’s largest movie theater chains is closing its doors. It’s not clear when, or if, they’ll re-open.



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