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Ruby Lerner is the founding executive director and president of Creative Capital , an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. We thought Ruby might know a little bit about making plans so we asked her to share with us her creative resolutions...
With every New Year comes a batch of resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. Less junk food, more exercise. Less complaining, more volunteering. And for many of us, less television, and more reading. We can’t help you with the kale-eating or the gym-going, but here are five reasons why...
Award-winning composer Jonathan Bailey Holland talks to us about his process for composing music, the relation of narrative and failure to work, and makes a case for listening to more Barber.
2015 is the year that the NEA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and it has us thinking about where we've been and where we are going with arts-based community development in this country. Today is an especially good day to talk about this topic as it marks the release of an important series...
Judy Pest of the Ozark Foothills Filmfest, a Challenge America grantee in Batesville, Arkansas, talks about why the film festival is important to the rural community.
In 1979, music teacher Doris Walker was conducting class when one of her students—blind, autistic, and normally shy—told her offhandedly the key of a certain song. Surprised, she pushed further, and discovered a talent for singing. If music could reach an unreachable student, who else...
After recently stumbling into an (older) review of Wes Anderson's movies by the remarkable writer, Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Chabon's memorable breakdown of the Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, by one of his favorite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin. Curiously, both Wes Anderson'...
[Just before the holidays last year, the NEA released a report jointly produced by its Office of Research & Analysis and the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Titled Measuring Cultural Engagement: A Quest for New Terms, Tools, and Techniques, the report is unlike other...
“I become more and more convinced that artists are essential to every conversation about social innovation. It seems that the question is no longer ‘Are artists social entrepreneurs?’ but rather, ‘What next?’ What can artists accomplish with their imagination and...
New NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Beasley shares her cultural resolutions for 2015.

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