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Blue Note Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and we want to join in the celebration! Check out our interview with legendary Blue Note recording engineer (and 2009 NEA Jazz Master) Rudy Van Gelder and listen to Jazz Moments in which he discusses being discovered by Blue Note co-founder...
Design is not a fine art but a social art, always facing outward toward other people. The building, the playground, the toothbrush, the smart device, the shoe only become that imagined something better if people use it. It gives design its power as a “consequential endeavor.” I believe...
" As a transgender and queer person, I didn’t see anyone like me in dance. Ever. So how could I see my future there?

 " -- Sean Dorsey When we think about Americans who lack abundant opportunities to see their stories on stage, we usually think about people of color or women. But...
"In between all of the work is the time that you spend practicing, which is also not a paid thing. But you have to practice enough to be good enough so when you do get a call, you'll get called again... I don't think a lot of people really understand how much musicians and writers and...
When it comes to war, history is quick to recall a conflict’s victors and losers. But military life is made up more than triumphs and losses, not to mention the political strategies that led to them. The Blue Star Museums listed here take a look at lesser-known aspects of the American...
At a social science research gathering a few years ago, I was treated to a dazzling series of presentations about the measurement of subjective well-being. I saw results from life-satisfaction surveys and findings from time-use diaries that attempted to record the daily experiences people regard as...
This summer, I'm traveling back in time. Let me back up. In 2001, I was on winter break from college and my family saw our annual holiday musical. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember--everything from Damn Yankees at the Kennedy Center with Tommy Tune, (notable for when he...
“I don't think that my job is to represent people, or to assist in a political struggle. I feel like it's my job as a citizen to do that, but as an artist, my job is more I think to try and describe the world as truthfully as I'm able to do it, and to get below the surface of...
When I was seven years old there were a lot of art materials around the house. Blocks, clay, paint, paper—I loved to make things. My grandmother was an artist and my grandfather an inventor, and I had caught the bug. I would squeeze and sculpt Sculpey, a polymer clay my grandfather had...
It's that time of year again (summer!) where we replace our Big Read-focused posts with Blue Star Museum Fridays. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across the country, which offers free museum admission...

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