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Marcus Gardley answers the question: Why do we need art?
Artists reflect on the meaning of "inspiration."
Read the complete interview with Toni Morrison here .
As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to take Big Read Friday to share a few writers' thoughts on what it has meant to be African-American, and how their background has influenced their writing. Click on each author or poet's name for an in-depth interview. "You begin to love...
Eight artists and one critic reflect on what failure means to them.
“Theater's there to challenge ideas and to question and it's a safe place to think differently because sometimes you don't get that space in time or place to really have that moment to reflect.”—Sherri Young When Sherri Young, executive director and founder of San...
NEA Media Specialist Adam Kampe pens a valentine to musician Sufjan Stevens.
In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
In this blog post, Dan Blank explores the risks of pursuing a creative life.
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champ Anita Norman shares how she was transformed by discovering poetry through the Poetry Out Loud competition.


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