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With the USA turning 239 in about a week, our fancies are turning to all things red, white, and blue. Browse our newest Pinterest Board to see some of the paintings, sculpture, drawings, and other works of art that fit our favorite summer color scheme at Blue Star Museums across the country. Have a...
“ I think one of the things that is so damaging in our society is the way that we build barriers against one another and feel that other people’s experiences now threaten ours. And the arts are a unique way to move people beyond their barriers. Public policy cannot do that effectively without there...
NEA Media Specialist Sarah Metz shares why she has an artist crush on Rufus Wainwright.
When Paul Willis was growing up in rural Illinois, there wasn’t an LGBTQ student group at his high school, nor was there easy access to mentors, resources, or information. The same went for college. It wasn’t until Willis moved to Minneapolis after college that he encountered a visible LGBTQ...
In the late 80s, there was no true arts or cultural center for the LGBTQ community in San Francisco, the city which had—and has—the largest LGBTQ population in the country. As Pam Peniston remembers discussing with her peers, “That’s insane.” As part of Mayor Art Agnos’s Cultural Affairs Task Force...
Some tips from museum educators about getting your kids ready to enjoy an art museum.
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...

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