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"Many people come up to me and ask me how I play this jazz so good, you know? And they think I'm going to tell them something like it's in the hands or the heart or some nonsense like that. But I'm here to tell you, it ain't cosmic. It ain't super deep. And it ain't got...
“I love the blank page because for me anything can happen there.” – Roxane Gay "Authenticity matters." That's what Roxane Gay has learned in her career as a writer, which means she's as comfortable--and eloquent--writing about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as...
Emily Dickinson was, it's been noted, progressive for her time, her time being the late 1800s. In the poem featured below, we see how she skillfully, and slyly, reveals how she's not your typical, church-going woman. After you read the poem, you'll find an excerpt by former president of...
What happens to workers when a centuries-old artistic tradition starts sputtering to a close? It’s a question that glass artisans are asking across Europe as that continent’s traditional industrial glass factories downsize drastically or even shut down entirely, as was the case with...
Ranee Ramaswamy is the founder and co-artistic director of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance . (She shares artistic leadership with her daughter Aparna.) For more than two decades, the company, which has previously received grant support from the NEA, has presented South Indian classical dance...
"I find inspiration in the fact that I can change a screw or a detail in an already established work of art, which could enrich it with new, updated meanings." -- Cirprian Muresan In anticipation of the next NEA Arts , which focuses on international artists and art projects, we're...
Although it was an exhibit on medieval instruments that first introduced Olga Viso to the power of the arts, her career has since leaped a few centuries beyond this early interest. Since 2008, she has served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, one of the country’s...
“Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — ” Although Emily Dickinson found poetic inspiration in every season, spring for her held special appeal. “Spring to her was the great subject,” said Dr. Judith Farr, a Dickinson scholar...
The NEA awarded a 2013 Art Works grant to Media Alliance in Troy, New York, to support BioArt in the Industrial Wasteland , a series of artist residencies that sought to create do-it-yourself solutions to ecological challenges. One of the visiting artists was Natalie Jeremijenko . A native of...
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer, and director. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. In April of 2014, she will pilot a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in Washington, DC...

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