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The California Arts Council received quite the Valentine's Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last February. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5...
What is literary translation and why does it matter? The answer to the latter part of that sentence is simple: empathy. As NEA Chairman Jane Chu writes in her preface to the NEA's new publication, The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation , "translation fosters [a] sense of...
"I think most poets are natural witnesses and we're curious about everything." -- Allison Hedge Coke Allison Hedge Coke wears many hats: poet, filmmaker, teacher, naturalist, mentor, activist, and editor. Her collection Dog Road Woman received the American Book Award, and she has two...
Without a doubt, stepping into an art museum can be overwhelming for a kid: there are rules to follow, unfamiliar artists' names, and subject matter that might not seem relatable at first glance. Which is why preparing a child ahead of time can be crucial to ensuring the experience is positive...
It's grant application season in the NEA's research office! This week, we officially release our FY15 Research: Art Works grant guidelines. Below is a summary of what's new, what's different, and what's important to know as a potential applicant. BIG Changes to the FY15 Research...
"Art matters because it is the one true great connector in a world that seems to be very unconnected, and it's important now more than ever to shine a huge light on that connectivity that we have, that we often forget." -- Josh Groban The best way to sum up Josh Groban in one word?...
We know it's barely the first full week of August, but let's face it--the streets will be busy with school buses and book-filled backpack toters sooner rather than later. To get you in the mood, we've put together a playlist of school-themed songs . Just a little Ramones, Young MC,...
"We need to make sure that the powers that be know that arts education is as vital and as important as geography and arithmetic. You know, it is a part of the spiritual and the soulful experience and expression of being human and it is a necessity, as necessary as water, as breathing air...
Some of our participating Blue Star Museums offer more conventional collections than others. There are incredible works of art, important artifacts from our past, and wonders from the natural world. Then there are other museums that showcase a whole lot of mustard. The quirky, colorful items...
Sunil Iyengar (NEA Director of Research and Analysis) and I had the privilege of attending a Nature of Creativity in the Brain working group at the Santa Fe Institute earlier this month. We co-organized the event with Jennifer Dunne, the Institute’s faculty chair. The purpose of the meeting...

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