Articles by Katy Smith

Katy Smith (‘23) is a communications major, theatre and writing minor at Hope. Her passions lie in the arts, specifically playwriting, poetry, performing, and any music that makes you feel wanderlust. She is so honored to be the Anchor’s Arts Editor! She strives to give Hope’s wonderful arts programs the platform they deserve.


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A comprehensive Oscars 2021 guide

The year 2020 was undeniably one of the stranger, if not the strangest, times for cinema across the world. When movie theatres closed last spring, the industry lost a near $10 billion in ticket sales alone. Many of us turned to streaming services for our entertainment, and the film industry shifted with us. As we…

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The mythos of AJR’s new single

On Wednesday, February 17, the up and coming brother band AJR released their newest single “Way Less Sad,” a feature track on their upcoming album “OK Orchestra.” On its first day, the music video received 606,748 views and quickly climbed to well over half a million after the first week.  Often, an artist will yield…

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This is America: Protest music through the ages

Billie Holiday elegantly walks onto stage, takes one diaphragm-engaging breath, and begins her song. Soft jazz plays behind her, making a haunting feeling creep over the audience. “Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees,” her bell-like voice sings.  A young Bob Dylan quickly strums his acoustic guitar,…