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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...
I still remember the day that Mark Frauenfelder called me, in 2004, and asked me if I wanted to contribute to a new magazine that he was helping to launch, called Make: . He described it as “ Martha Stewart for geeks” and as an updated 1950s-era Popular Science ( Make: was originally digest-size...
Jessica Garz of the Surdna Foundation sets the stage for the upcoming Social Impact Design webinar.

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