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As Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), I work with a dedicated and passionate group of people and organizations to support and fund the arts in communities across America. I believe what we do is so important, not just to celebrate and affirm the arts as a national priority...
We're celebrating National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month with a look at works of poetry influenced by jazz.
It's no secret that digital technology ranging from e-books to social media is forcing public libraries to innovate and adapt, and patrons are beginning to rethink what defines a library. For instance, a 2012 survey from Pew Research found that while many patrons still want to use libraries for...
Award-winning actor Judith Light on how her perspective on the role of the artist has changed over time.
“I think… that you have to strike a balance between being dissatisfied with your work and being proud of it. If you tip either way too much it's counterproductive.” – Whit Taylor If you think comics are only about superheroes or the residents of Riverdale, think again. In recent years, there's been...
Read our complete interview with NEA Translation Fellow--a poet, literary translator, and mathematician-- here . Search "Notable Quotable" in the Categories drop-down menu for more quotes to ponder.
"It's an overused analogy, but the idea of just asking a question through a different lens is so important." — Brandon Ballengée It is tricky to measure the number of species going extinct each year on our planet—it all depends on how many species of flora and fauna exist, a difficult number to pin...
Since April is not only Jazz Appreciation Month but National Poetry Month, we decided to merge the two. Below are five jazz songs and albums inspired by poetry, two of which tap the genius of Big Read poets. Gentian by Tomoko Ozawa Although pianist and composer Tomoko Ozawa isn’t the first musician...
As a research psychologist trained in studying childhood development, I often pose two questions in my role at the National Endowment for the Arts. One, what is the quality of the evidence suggesting that artistic and creative activities affect child outcomes, and two, what can researchers,...
Design specialist Jennifer Hughes shares her experience attending a a creative placemaking convening in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

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