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"In between all of the work is the time that you spend practicing, which is also not a paid thing. But you have to practice enough to be good enough so when you do get a call, you'll get called again... I don't think a lot of people really understand how much musicians and writers and...
When it comes to war, history is quick to recall a conflict’s victors and losers. But military life is made up more than triumphs and losses, not to mention the political strategies that led to them. The Blue Star Museums listed here take a look at lesser-known aspects of the American...
At a social science research gathering a few years ago, I was treated to a dazzling series of presentations about the measurement of subjective well-being. I saw results from life-satisfaction surveys and findings from time-use diaries that attempted to record the daily experiences people regard as...
This summer, I'm traveling back in time. Let me back up. In 2001, I was on winter break from college and my family saw our annual holiday musical. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember--everything from Damn Yankees at the Kennedy Center with Tommy Tune, (notable for when he...
“I don't think that my job is to represent people, or to assist in a political struggle. I feel like it's my job as a citizen to do that, but as an artist, my job is more I think to try and describe the world as truthfully as I'm able to do it, and to get below the surface of...
When I was seven years old there were a lot of art materials around the house. Blocks, clay, paint, paper—I loved to make things. My grandmother was an artist and my grandfather an inventor, and I had caught the bug. I would squeeze and sculpt Sculpey, a polymer clay my grandfather had...
It's that time of year again (summer!) where we replace our Big Read-focused posts with Blue Star Museum Fridays. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the NEA, the Department of Defense, Blue Star Families, and more than 2,000 museums across the country, which offers free museum admission...
As long as war has been fought, war literature has been written as a means of explaining, questioning, and coping with the horrors that have taken place on the battleground. It has taken us to the front lines, to the decision rooms, to the prison camps, and to the training grounds. Much less...
"[A]rtists interested in socially-engaged work should give before expecting to receive, which they can do by sharing what they are genuinely passionate about." -- Gayle Isa While many arts organizations can claim to be located in certain neighborhoods, not all of them can claim to...
It's that time of year when thousands of newly minted graduates collect their diplomas and throw off their caps and gowns in preparation for What Comes Next. The future looms shiny and bright, and things like work, rent, and bills still seem like proud emblems of adulthood rather than the...

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