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Though the term “cool” became popularized in the U.S. in the middle of the last century, if the Internet is to be believed a form of the word has actually existed as an adjective since the days of Beowulf. Whether you believe its origins are in the 20th century or around the eighth,...
Carl Grodach, most recently as an associate professor at the University of Texas Arlington's School of Urban & Public Affairs, has worked hard to complicate our view of where arts organizations choose to locate. In a February 2014 journal article based on NEA-funded research, Grodach and...
“I would tell people that they were paintings and that they were sculptures and that they had to find ways of taking up space that were much more their own.” – Mariette Pathy Allen In some ways Mariette Pathy Allen ’s career in the arts has been a series of fortuitous—...
When Les Waters directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2000, he couldn’t have foreseen that he would one day manage the direction of the festival itself. The British-born Waters was named artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011,...
Nothing says Happy Fourth of July quite like a YouTube playlist! The three videos below are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our YouTube channel for the full playlist ! Visit the NEA YouTube channel to listen to and watch the full playlist! Happy 4th!
"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...

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