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“I think in America we forget that writing and carrying that banner of "being a poet" is tied into a long history of people that have literally risked [their lives] and died to write those words.” — Javier Zamora Poet Javier Zamora is obsessed with borders. There is the...
Today, the name “John Mix Stanley” doesn’t ring many bells. And yet, Stanley was one of the 19th-century’s most accomplished painters of the American West. He spent his career documenting the unspoiled vistas and tribes of Native Americans that were at that time commonplace...
Chief Curator Mark Sloan gives us an inside look at Charleston, South Carolina's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, recipient of an #NEAFall14 grant.
Until a few years ago, San Diego’s Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) had no music program to speak of: the school district had cut music education from most of its 45 schools, and no longer employed a full-time music instructor. As a result, organizations like the San Diego Youth...
"People sometimes think of translation as a kind of intellectual subservience, a master-slave relationship; they imagine that the translator subjugates his or her own creative impulses to the demands of the original text in what must be an act of drudgery and submission. But they don't...
"I think arts festivals matter because they're life changing, they educate, enlighten, enrich. They uplift." -- Jevelle Robinson You know the saying “each one teach one?” Well, that could be the tagline for the story of how Jevelle and Marcus Robinson fell in love with...
When Les Waters directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2000, he couldn’t have foreseen that he would one day manage the direction of the festival itself. The British-born Waters was named artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011,...
"[A]rtists interested in socially-engaged work should give before expecting to receive, which they can do by sharing what they are genuinely passionate about." -- Gayle Isa While many arts organizations can claim to be located in certain neighborhoods, not all of them can claim to...
Although just six miles apart, the Pioneer Playhouse operates in more or less a separate universe from the Northpoint Training Center, a medium-security prison in Burgin, Kentucky. But while the forces of separation are thick, Robby Henson has found a way to penetrate the prison’s walls: art...
“A lot of people have this attitude about rural spaces that culture doesn't exist there, that for some reason these artists are the people who are bringing the culture to the region. Of course, it couldn't be further from the truth. What our work is about and what these artists are...

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