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Notable Quotable

Some of NEA Chair Jane Chu's thoughts on the opportunities of creative leadership.
"We want our students to be reflections of the poems that they write and make sure that they’re writing a life that they want to live and not just writing what they see. I mean we do have to write what we see a lot. But that power that their voice has to affect other people and to change...
"I always have a notebook with me, I eavesdrop, I write down what people say. It's very rare that one of those things will provoke a story, but I think that that kind of paying attention all the time, and keeping everything open, lets the stories come in. But where they come from is still...
"Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who will grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will...
"I am suspicious of narratives that employ the 'journey of becoming' rhetoric. Perhaps some people live their lives with the intentionality and purpose of a medieval knight; not I. I don't journey. I stumble passionately. Often, I stumble passionately toward art and creative...
"Art matters because it is the one true great connector in a world that seems to be very unconnected, and it's important now more than ever to shine a huge light on that connectivity that we have, that we often forget." -Josh Groban You can read the full interview with Josh Groban...
"Short fiction is like low relief. And if your story has no humor in it, then you're trying to look at something in the pitch dark. With the light of humor, it throws what you're writing into relief so that you can actually see it. Otherwise it's just a dark room, and what you'...
"I would tell [young artists] to not fear seeing with the heart or self-expression, but to fear to not take the challenge to do it or to remain silent about what they want to express and witness to make this a better world. When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for...
"People sometimes think of translation as a kind of intellectual subservience, a master-slave relationship; they imagine that the translator subjugates his or her own creative impulses to the demands of the original text in what must be an act of drudgery and submission. But they don't...
What is literary translation and why does it matter? The answer to the latter part of that sentence is simple: empathy. As NEA Chairman Jane Chu writes in her preface to the NEA's new publication, The Art of Empathy: Celebrating Literature in Translation , "translation fosters [a] sense of...

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