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As long as war has been fought, war literature has been written as a means of explaining, questioning, and coping with the horrors that have taken place on the battleground. It has taken us to the front lines, to the decision rooms, to the prison camps, and to the training grounds. Much less...
"[A]rtists interested in socially-engaged work should give before expecting to receive, which they can do by sharing what they are genuinely passionate about." -- Gayle Isa While many arts organizations can claim to be located in certain neighborhoods, not all of them can claim to...
It's that time of year when thousands of newly minted graduates collect their diplomas and throw off their caps and gowns in preparation for What Comes Next. The future looms shiny and bright, and things like work, rent, and bills still seem like proud emblems of adulthood rather than the...
“[T]he best art, it stays in your muscle memory for the rest of your life. And that's the kind of theater I want to create, that's the kind of work I want to do on stage and on the page. I'm not interested in something just for the moment. I'm interested in something that hits...
"Does everybody that we work with go on to be a big name? No. But if we did, we wouldn't be taking enough risks, as far as I'm concerned.” – Sylvia Wolf The Henry Art Galler y, located on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington, comes by its innovation bonafides...
NEA grantee American Routes has been on the air for almost 16 years, educating and entertaining audiences about all sorts of American music and cultural heritage. Now Nick Spitzer, folklorist, professor, and the show's host, has taken the show on the road…and we ain't talking Route...
"I tend to write a lot of subtext. I leave a lot of space for subtext and I leave a lot of room on the assumption that an actor's going to fill that.... I can't just look at [my work] on the page and know what it's going to be. I need an actor to actually bring it to life and show...
Wandering the gallery space of The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter , on view through September 7th at the New York Public Library, feels like stepping back into a comforting, colorful, and perhaps forgotten world. There is Alice, with her flowing hair and look of curious surprise. There...
"When those two things collide, the politicial forces of the world and the primal nature of one's own being, sparks fly, and, at least in the dramatic form, you have something that is hopefully quite provocative and interesting. And to me, that intersection of the primal and the political...
One of Ray Bradbury’s most famous quotes is “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” If that’s true, it stands to reason that getting people to read would, on the other hand, restore a culture and help it flourish. That...

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