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A collection of quotes about why the arts matter.
“ I think that the arts matter because they give human beings the outlet to express themselves freely and follow that compulsion or desire or need to express all their vulnerabilities and feelings and frustrations and struggles through whatever medium they choose.” -- Marc Maron On his uber-popular...
NEA Chairman Jane Chu recently attended the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), where she spoke about the importance of expanding arts audiences. The above quote is excerpted from her remarks at AAMD.
We know, we know: if you’re headed to Cape Cod this summer, it’s probably to sit by the beach and gorge on seafood. But if you can break away from the breakers, why not explore the Cape’s museums? The Cape is rich with history and maritime culture, creating a perfect storm for museum collections...
I still remember the day that Mark Frauenfelder called me, in 2004, and asked me if I wanted to contribute to a new magazine that he was helping to launch, called Make: . He described it as “ Martha Stewart for geeks” and as an updated 1950s-era Popular Science ( Make: was originally digest-size...
Jessica Garz of the Surdna Foundation sets the stage for the upcoming Social Impact Design webinar.
A brief intro to the 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellows.
Playwright Katori Hall shares her definition of failure.
In our age of social media, we could all do with a little more face time. Why not get it at a Blue Star Museum ? The portraits here can all be found at participating museums. For even more portraits, click through to our Pinterest page . Lucas I (1986-1987) by Chuck Close. Image courtesy of the...
Earlier this year, the NEA announced “new indices of arts participation” in a research report based on the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The indices covered a broader range of arts activities than the Arts Endowment typically had reported in the past. This new reporting...

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