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“We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree. But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re...
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“I identify mostly as being indigenous, but I'm in a world where I wear Western clothes and I speak English, so respect for the tradition of my people comes in little ways. My kids have traditional middle names, spoken in the language of my tribe, and [I’m] making sure my kids...
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"We all live transdisciplinary lives; no one thing defines us. So why not embrace transdisciplinary work? Whatever your field, there is always value in some outside perspective." -- Rachel Sussman You can read the entire Art (and Science) Talk with Rachel Sussman here ...
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"I think when you read Hemingway as a young writer, you begin to focus on the importance of every word. It's not about coming up always with the new word or the flashy diction, but it's about getting to a larger truth about subjectivity and character through the simple turns that...
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"Inspiration is a powerful motivating influencer: an experience that offers possibility and breakthrough thinking. This is what I believe art can do in our society. It can provoke new thinking and perspective and can often invite us to experience the world with a new lens that taps into our...
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Some of NEA Chair Jane Chu's thoughts on the opportunities of creative leadership.
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"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...
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"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...
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"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...
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"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...
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