I want to explore languages, art, literature and more
Alex Ann Allen
Where to find artistic inspiration
A year ago, I left my job installing windows to become a full-time artist in South Bend. Here are some resources I use to get my creative juices flowing.
How the news works from a South Bend perspective
“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy,” Nelson Mandela once said. As a local resident in the thick of the news, I couldn’t agree more.
How to start making films on a budget
I spent some time in California, but then I came back to South Bend to make films—and you can learn to make them, too.
Learning to have better conversations with the help of restorative justice
You don’t have to be involved with the criminal justice system to gain important insights from a practice that replaces doling out punishment with repairing harm.
Understanding the history of racism in South Bend
Having worked at the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend for eight years, I’ve gathered these resources to provide a deeper understanding of the fight against racial injustice.
Discovering a love of Mexican cooking
Food is my passion, in no small part because it is a great way to connect with my own history. No matter where your family comes from, I bet you’ll enjoy making many of the same wonderful dishes that I do.
Succeeding as an artist in South Bend
As a professional artist for more than three decades, I’ve discovered a number of resources that have made me more creative and effective. They can help you, too.
Understanding structural discrimination
The first step to building more diverse and inclusive spaces is recognizing the systemic barriers in our society that get in the way. I’ve been helping communities and organizations see them—and learn to dismantle them—for more than 15 years.
How to start your houseplant collection
I thought my friend’s plants were wonderful, and so I started to grow my own.
Discerning fact from misinformation online
Thanks to the Internet, many of us now have easy access to a lot of information. Working at the public library, I often answer questions about how to spot misinformation online.