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“Theater's there to challenge ideas and to question and it's a safe place to think differently because sometimes you don't get that space in time or place to really have that moment to reflect.”—Sherri Young When Sherri Young, executive director and founder of San...
NEA Media Specialist Adam Kampe pens a valentine to musician Sufjan Stevens.
In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
In this blog post, Dan Blank explores the risks of pursuing a creative life.
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champ Anita Norman shares how she was transformed by discovering poetry through the Poetry Out Loud competition.
Everyone, it seems, is looking for love. Except for kids. They hate love. For most of them, it’s a cootie-covered contaminant, something to be avoided and vehemently denied. Interactions with the opposite sex are often limited to elongated ewwwwws, and the faintest blush at someone’s...
We're in the mood for love and jazz so here's a playlist of more than two dozen NEA Jazz Masters singing and playing songs of love (and maybe just a little heartbreak) to set the scene for Valentine's Day or any other day you're in the mood for love. You can preview some of the...
An interview with 2011 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Youssef Biaz about his favorite poets, his first time reciting a poem, and why he still loves poetry.
Later this week, we’ll be releasing our latest issue of NEA Arts , which will focus on the concept of creative failure. We asked artists, art critics, and creative entrepreneurs about their definition of failure, and whether stumbles—either real or imagined—had ever proved...
For years, Serena Hall empowered women through her work as an equal opportunity manager for the federal government, where she trained women to “break through that glass ceiling,” as she said. After she retired, she took up painting, portraying the same type of strong women that she had...

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