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I was thrilled to be accepted as a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the summer of 2014. My only concern was the relatively short term of my residency there--11 days. Little did I know that those 11 days were to prove as productive as several months in my home studio. The...
NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson takes a broad look at the first NEA Art Works Grants to support collective impact projects in arts education.
"Once you can see yourself in that human story, you begin to care about it. Any number of touchstones transform that barrier of stigma and shame and phobia into understanding. We know that our job with the Quilt is not only to help the maker in their grief process, but to then use that memory...
You may have already seen our new issue of NEA Arts magazine , which looks at the intersection between the arts and health, but did you know this is not the first time we've looked at that topic? In our summer issue on "community" we profiled Jetsonorama, a wheat-paste artist who also...
Already feeling worn out by the holiday season even though Thanksgiving is still a few days away? Not to worry--from Koko Taylor to Honeyboy Edwards to Whistlin' Alex Moore, we have more than a few NEA National Heritage Fellows and master blues musicians to help get your mojo going! Here's...
"Books, you know, they’re not just commodities. The profit motive often is in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often...
While we're grateful for artists every month, we're particularly thankful in this month when we take time off from "real life" to count our blessings large and small. In today's post NEA staffers reflect on some artists to whom they'd like to give a big old THANK YOU! Don...
New NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker pens an open letter to the piano teacher who taught her the importance of failure.
Literary translator Johanna Warren talks about the relationship between the translator and the author whose work is being translated.
Edwidge Danticat muses on writing and knowing the self.

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