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“I am obsessed. This obsession drives me to gobble up books as though they were candy---drives me to spend eight hours a day at the keyboard, to turn down social engagements, give up on hobbies---and to constantly mine the world for material to bring to the page.” --- Benjamin Percy...
What do you imagine when you think of the suburbs? Tract houses? Strip malls? Subdivisions that look numbingly alike? A new breed of architect is imagining a totally new vision for suburban life. From ways to use setbacks as sites for additional housing stock to a renewed emphasis on shared public...
To celebrate our latest round of Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to tell us what creative placemaking means in their communities. Read what they had to say and then add your own definition in the comments! "Through art...
While we're sure that David Chase doesn't mind the seven Emmys for outstanding television that---figuratively speaking---line his mantlepiece, he actually set out to be a filmmaker. As he told us when we spoke to him for the recent issue of NEA Arts , he made television because "I...
As we recently announced our newest round of NEA Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects across the country, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at one of the projects that received support when the program debuted in 2011. In that inaugural round of funding, the...
When you hear the word "punk," it might conjure a lot of things---safety-pin jewelry, wild hair, really loud music. These days, however, punk is recognized as a bonafide artistic movement and not just a youth rebellion. Don't believe us? Why not ask the august Metropolitan Museum of...
In last month's post for this series , I blogged about a speech given by Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I'm not stalking the President's chief economic aide, I assure you, yet I did observe that in...
In the new issue of NEA Arts , we're looking at pioneers and visionaries---those artists who knew they were on to a good thing long before the rest of us caught up. In "Mixing Words and Pictures," Rebecca Gross speaks with graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, or as he puts it, "I...
Not that we're planning to get stranded on a desert island anytime soon, but just in case, here's what our Facebook fans recommended as their Desert Island Poetry Books. "W.H Auden's selected poems; I just love Auden." ---Emily D. Ralph Angel: Exceptions and Melancholies ---...
"I like to think we’re all striving for that moment when we’ve gotten it right enough that we, as artists, stop working and the art, itself, starts instead.” --- Meg Day A 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, Meg Day is not only a talented poet, but a fiery arts...

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