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Some people fight injustice through the courts, others with civil disobedience, and still others with their art. Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley falls into the third category. His dramas are both wildly inventive and rich with history, invoking poetry, original music, and Greek mythology to...
It's easy to fall in love with artists —a fter all, they create work that moves our hearts and minds. So with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook friends to tell us about their artist crush. Here's what you had to say. PUCKER UP! Donna Youmans Haber:...
The arts have always been crucial to the American vision of liberty and democracy. Presidents past and present have emphasized the arts as a cornerstone of our national identity, allowing creativity and innovation to carry over into every aspect of our lives. As we gear up for Presidents' Day, we...
Last Saturday marked Edith Wharton 's birthday—she would have turned 153—so we thought we’d celebrate with a few facts you might not know about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Big Read author. She kept up with the Joneses: Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones, a daughter of one of New York’s most...
"As an artist, you have to be the person that builds bridges, that has the key that opens doors that are closed, to open the conversation, and always reach out to people. Music has nothing to do with hate." —Singer, songwriter, and activist Ang élique Kidjo, speaking at the 2015 APAP Conference...
This week's podcast features Harold Kyle, an auto mechanic who's been making sculpture from found objects for 40 years. He's made art with everything and anything, from discarded campaign signs (the wire can be used to make some interesting little men who sway in the breeze) to pitchforks, hammers...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion reflects on her experience attending and performing at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival
We've officially reached that critical point in January when all those high hopes and bright beginnings of the new year seem like a distant memory. As our resolve for self-improvement begins to lag, we thought we'd share the cultural resolutions of NEA staff members. We hope they'll serve as a...
There are no shortage of treasures housed at the Library of Congress, but this one has always been a particular favorite for the way it documents a fascinating, if troubling piece of American literary history. This incredible letter from 1942 was written by Ernest Hemingway to poet and playwright...
“I think the worst form of discrimination is someone judging what a person is capable of learning.” -Kitty Lunn, founder of Infinity Dance Theater, which features physically disabled dancers Read our piece on Infinity Dance Theater , and see how other organizations around the country are using the...

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