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"Our Christmases together were simple. We limited our gifts to pennies and wits and all-out competition. Who would come up with the most outrageous for the least? The real Christmas was for the children, an idea I found totally compatible, for I had long ago ceased to speculate on the meaning...
French novelist and 2014 Nobel Laureate in Literature Patrick Modiano muses on the writer's relationship with memory in an excerpt from his Nobel lecture.
In 1965, it took three attempts for civil rights marchers to successfully and safely trek the 54-miles from Selma, Alabama, to the steps of the state capital in Montgomery. To honor the 50th anniversary of the marches, the Alabama Dance Festival—run by NEA grantee Alabama Dance Council...
“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...
“Sometimes when you're in the tyranny of the moment, you can't always see what [the solution] could possibly be, but scientists and artists are pretty trained at looking for the unexpected. And I think that's a unique shared skill each brings to the problem-solving experience...
In a proclamation penned by a few leading children’s authors , it was written that “picture books should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.” To demonstrate just how fresh and beautiful they can be, NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls recently brought in about six dozen...
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.
A YouTube playlist of songs that have something to do with winter.
"I think of art work as social activism. I live as an artist in the world to tell the stories of people who live on the margins. Our work as artists is to evoke emotion and inspire thought, whether it's a direct call to action or simply seeing the person next to you who you might have...

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