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Notable Quotable

"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...
“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...
"When you don't know where the path is, which direction should you take? How do you know when you're moving forward? How do you muster the courage to keep going when everyone around you resists change? When you think about it, so many of those who are successful take creative chances...
“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...
"When we think about who we are, everything is connected and everything that we have might benefit from having an artist and a scientist together in the conversation just to say, 'What if? What can we do if we tried this?' "Thinking that there are certain fields or domains that...
French novelist and 2014 Nobel Laureate in Literature Patrick Modiano muses on the writer's relationship with memory in an excerpt from his Nobel lecture.
"I think of art work as social activism. I live as an artist in the world to tell the stories of people who live on the margins. Our work as artists is to evoke emotion and inspire thought, whether it's a direct call to action or simply seeing the person next to you who you might have...
"Once you can see yourself in that human story, you begin to care about it. Any number of touchstones transform that barrier of stigma and shame and phobia into understanding. We know that our job with the Quilt is not only to help the maker in their grief process, but to then use that memory...
Edwidge Danticat muses on writing and knowing the self.
“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It...

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