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"Aristotle wrote about the cathartic experience of theater. This is an art form that acts out the stories of our lives, our dreams, our hopes, and our communities. At the heart of theater lies universal human emotion, which transcends any specific level of education, income, race, or geography. It...
In discussions of STEM education and policy, there is a group that has routinely felt excluded—a group that has taken pains to articulate its contributions to job growth, economic competitiveness, and individual and societal health. Hang on—this isn’t yet another blog post about STEAM (Science,...
Read our complete interview with comedian and podcaster Marc Maron here .
“What could be more American, more vitally important to our own time, than to let voices in, and to listen?” -- Don Share Don Share is the editor of Poetry magazine and an acclaimed poet and translator. His recent books include Union (Eyewear, 2013), Wishbone (Black Sparrow, 2012), and Bunting’s...
With the USA turning 239 in about a week, our fancies are turning to all things red, white, and blue. Browse our newest Pinterest Board to see some of the paintings, sculpture, drawings, and other works of art that fit our favorite summer color scheme at Blue Star Museums across the country. Have a...
“ I think one of the things that is so damaging in our society is the way that we build barriers against one another and feel that other people’s experiences now threaten ours. And the arts are a unique way to move people beyond their barriers. Public policy cannot do that effectively without there...
NEA Media Specialist Sarah Metz shares why she has an artist crush on Rufus Wainwright.
When Paul Willis was growing up in rural Illinois, there wasn’t an LGBTQ student group at his high school, nor was there easy access to mentors, resources, or information. The same went for college. It wasn’t until Willis moved to Minneapolis after college that he encountered a visible LGBTQ...
In the late 80s, there was no true arts or cultural center for the LGBTQ community in San Francisco, the city which had—and has—the largest LGBTQ population in the country. As Pam Peniston remembers discussing with her peers, “That’s insane.” As part of Mayor Art Agnos’s Cultural Affairs Task Force...
Some tips from museum educators about getting your kids ready to enjoy an art museum.

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