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"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...
"We need to make sure that the powers that be know that arts education is as vital and as important as geography and arithmetic. You know, it is a part of the spiritual and the soulful experience and expression of being human and it is a necessity, as necessary as water, as breathing air...
"The arts and humanities aren't just there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live." -- President Barack Obama at the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony You can view an archive of the live webcast of the...
"Art gives us the opportunity to remember that we’re living magic on a daily basis. When you talk to people, they deal with life as if it’s a mundane thing. Maybe it’s because we’re used to it. Maybe it’s because we’ve been taught through systems and schools...
"I don’t believe in catharsis from [being] creative. If you’re any good, your work, what you are trying to say, becomes almost a genetic part of you that you don’t lose." -- Larry Kramer You can read the complete interview with Larry Kramer here . If you're...
"I think part of the inescapable appeal of folklore is its intimacy and its significance for the people who carry it on and shape it, reshape it in some way. It's such an essential part of people's lives whether they put a label to it or not and if in this complex and troubled world we...

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