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New NEA Music and Opera Director Ann Meier Baker pens an open letter to the piano teacher who taught her the importance of failure.
Literary translator Johanna Warren talks about the relationship between the translator and the author whose work is being translated.
Edwidge Danticat muses on writing and knowing the self.
At 45 years old, Earl Mills was married with five children, owned his own home, and had worked steadily through the years. Yet he had a secret that few others knew: he could not read. This is unfortunately not an unusual circumstance: according to the U.S. Department of Education, 32 million U.S...
"Expressing myself, I've found, is necessary for my survival." —Larry McNeil I nnovation in photography is nothing new: the invention of the camera itself was a technological marvel. So advances in the art form are almost less surprising than artists who buck the trend, and...
Carol Morgan, deputy director for Education at ArtsConnection, and Jennifer Stengel-Mohr of New York’s Queens College present context for their presentation during the next NEA Task Force webinar which will focus on their research on the relationship between arts education and English language learners.
In 2005, with the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq still relatively fresh in the papers, Matt Mitchell felt compelled to somehow do his part. He had worked for years as an illustrator, but turned now to portraiture, with the idea of capturing the personal and complex experience of return. He set out to...
“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It...
"Only connect." —E.M. Forster It's become common practice in certain circles of arts advocacy and cultural policy to say that artists are entrepreneurs. Nor is this solely a doctrine of convenience. In the last two decades, the values of creativity and innovation have figured...
"People don't think about architecture as an export so we wanted to spread awareness about that...." -- Kara Meyer The Venice Biennale , founded in 1895, is a major multi-month, international, contemporary art exhibition that takes place each year in Venice, Italy. The featured...

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