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"... I grew up with an open mind and an open spirit and I think that’s extremely important for any young person and particularly an artist who then wants to play other characters and open their thoughts to being another person."-- Martina Arroyo Want to hear more from Martina Arroyo...
"I... write to give voice to the lion’s tale, after the proverb, 'Until the lion tells its history, the story of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.' I write to challenge notions of a social hierarchy, to give my readers hope that we can work to eliminate social inequality...
"The fact is one's own voice is not heard anywhere else…. It's a challenge to be yourself. It takes a lot of courage." --Yusef Lateef, 2010 NEA Jazz Master Visit our Jazz Masters page to read the complete interview with Yusef Lateef. And don't forget to join us for the...
“For me, playing jazz is like problem solving, you know, you start improvising and you hit a wall, and then, like, how am I going to get around this wall? And then you do it. But the thing is, you can get around that wall in a million different ways, depending on your experience, your musical...
"Addressing improvisational music, which is considered jazz and the non-improvisational music, which is considered classical, I would say that the big difference for me was to be able to interpret what was already composed and written. How do you interpret it? Do you make this note short or...
"I know what improvisation gives you. It gives you freedom of expression. And most people, even if you're a classical musician and play in an orchestra and so forth, and say that you don't want to improvise, I know deep down inside of you, you would like to improvise. It's like...
"I have found that many people think that in order for something to be Native it has to use the same language that has been used for the past 50 years. It has to have a buffalo or an arrowhead on it to qualify it as Native. We have been pulling from the same well of artistic language for so...
"Laughter is the human condition much more than sorrow and tears and suffering. Even at the worst possible time of your life, people are funny. And that's what gives you hope." -- Luis Alberto Urrea Luis Urrea is just one of the newest members of our Big Read family. Visit the NEA...
"If you ask me now what punk is, I would say it's the free space. It's a spot where new ideas can be presented without the requirement of profit, which is what largely steers most sorts of creative offerings in our culture. Some of the most brilliant people I ever met in my life...
“I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together, and to tell a universal story through the arts.” -- Laurie Rubin Click here for the full Art Talk with Laurie Rubin. Want to hear more from singers? Check out our...

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