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"Irish music is dance music." -- Kevin Doyle, 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow While many of us may be familiar with Irish step dancing, whether from the many St. Patrick’s Day parades that take place across the U.S. each March or through Riverdance-type shows—very rarely do...
"[W]e've got objective ways of knowing the world and we've got subjective ways of knowing the world, and I think what I try to do through my work is to challenge both of these and propose something that allows the viewer to ask new questions."-- Patricia Olynyk Can we really...
"Arts entertainment and arts education allow us to remember why we're here on earth and what it's all about. And to have that missing from a child's life I think removes in many cases hope and the ability to dream of a life better than the one they know." -- Rosie O'...
The 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellows have just been announced , and they are an impressive bunch who practice a vast range of traditional art forms. While you’ll get to see many of these art forms in person at our concert on Friday, September 19, 2014, why not give yourself a primer with a...
This morning we announced nine new NEA National Heritage Fellows and four new NEA Jazz Masters! The honored folk artists are Henry Arquette, Mauel "Cowboy" Donley, Kevin Doyle, The Holmes Brothers, Yvonne Walker Keshick, Carolyn Mazloomi, Vera Nakonechny, Rufus White, and the Singing...
When The Normal Heart debuted at New York's Public Theater in 1985, playwright, author, and activist Larry Kramer was an angry man. Roughly 13,000 Americans had already died of AIDS — including many of his friends — yet little funding had been appropriated by the federal or local...
"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...
There’s no shortage of research indicating the benefits of museum visits for children. They can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for quality time with family. Curious to hear more...
Today we've asked some of our partners at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Center for the Future of Museums to help us launch a new feature in which we ask artists and arts leaders to answer the question: Where are you seeing opportunities for growth or unexplored challenges in...
"I see my work as affirmation of universality. As an affirmation of our wonderful country. I have deep love for America. I see my work as springing from a base that can be called jazz. And from that base I was able to explore world music. And so my work is an affirmation of my experiences,...

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