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OTA-Pollen 2014 kick-off tour

Pollen and OTA explored more than 2,200 miles across the Upper Midwest to visit the people who make the region a vibrant and creative place to live, work, and dream.

An illustrated guide to Art Buddies

For the past 20 years, Art Buddies has been empowering children from low-income families through the joy of art and meaningful one-on-one relationships.

Mistakes vs. failures

Facing Failure is a new monthly column at Pollen designed to remove the negative stigma.