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Anita Norman, our 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, has proven that she knows a thing or two about reciting poems. As we get ready to crown this year's champ at next month's National Finals, we asked Anita to share her tips for reciting poetry. Even if you only want to share your poems with...
The nation's museums and libraries are taking prodigious steps to bring their most prized collections of artistic and cultural heritage online. But what about data concerning those institutions? If we increasingly have the chance to view a painting, piece of sculpture, or rare manuscript from any...
On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Seuss's 111th birthday, a children’s author whose impact is so great that the National Education Association has adopted March 2 as Read Across America Day. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel, needs no formal introduction: his books are a common sight in...
Marcus Gardley answers the question: Why do we need art?
Artists reflect on the meaning of "inspiration."
Read the complete interview with Toni Morrison here .
As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to take Big Read Friday to share a few writers' thoughts on what it has meant to be African-American, and how their background has influenced their writing. Click on each author or poet's name for an in-depth interview. "You begin to love...
Eight artists and one critic reflect on what failure means to them.
“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.

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