2016 has been a year of uncertainty. Britain voted to leave the European Union, North Korea tested nuclear weapons, and the U.S. president elect "navigates the world by racial and ethnic stereotyping" — honestly, it's been a troubling year.
As we approach 2017, we feel that it's never been more important to stay focused on making positive change in the world. We're doubling down on our mission to bring diverse, inclusive, and accessible art history to the world for free. We're excited. The tools to provide free education have never been more powerful, and the groundswell of projects making education more affordable, like the Open Textbook Library and edX give us tremendous hope for the future.
It's on us to ring in an accepting, education-rich new year. It's gonna take hard work and a lot of love, but we're committed. Let's talk details. As we close out 2016 we're working on completing a survey of the Western Canon of Art History, with artists, artworks and writings from the major movements in art from the Neolithic Era to the dawn of modernism. We're also reaching out to new contributors, and talking with educators and students to understand how Trivium can be best used in the class room. Stay tuned, we'll have more updates in the coming weeks. And if you're interested in helping out, let us know.
2016 has been turbulent and frightening, but we're holding on to this quote from Toni Morrison, from her essay for The Nation:
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge — even wisdom. Like art.