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When The Normal Heart debuted at New York's Public Theater in 1985, playwright, author, and activist Larry Kramer was an angry man. Roughly 13,000 Americans had already died of AIDS — including many of his friends — yet little funding had been appropriated by the federal or local...
"I think part of the inescapable appeal of folklore is its intimacy and its significance for the people who carry it on and shape it, reshape it in some way. It's such an essential part of people's lives whether they put a label to it or not and if in this complex and troubled world we...
There’s no shortage of research indicating the benefits of museum visits for children. They can provide memorable, immersive learning experiences, provoke imagination, introduce unknown worlds and subject matter, and offer unique environments for quality time with family. Curious to hear more...
Today we've asked some of our partners at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and the Center for the Future of Museums to help us launch a new feature in which we ask artists and arts leaders to answer the question: Where are you seeing opportunities for growth or unexplored challenges in...
"I see my work as affirmation of universality. As an affirmation of our wonderful country. I have deep love for America. I see my work as springing from a base that can be called jazz. And from that base I was able to explore world music. And so my work is an affirmation of my experiences,...
"We perform the show for the people that are in the room and then that performance is theirs forever and ever…." -- Michael Urie While Michael Urie might be familiar to many for his sassy—and hilarious—six years as Marc St. James on Ugly Betty , the Texas-born actor...
On September 14, 1814, by the dawn's early light, Francis Scott Key watched as the American flag was raised over Fort McHenry, a signal that American troops had defeated the British during the War of 1812's Battle of Baltimore —a major upset. Key set his patriotic sentiments down on...
Blue Note Records is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and we want to join in the celebration! Check out our interview with legendary Blue Note recording engineer (and 2009 NEA Jazz Master) Rudy Van Gelder and listen to Jazz Moments in which he discusses being discovered by Blue Note co-founder...
Design is not a fine art but a social art, always facing outward toward other people. The building, the playground, the toothbrush, the smart device, the shoe only become that imagined something better if people use it. It gives design its power as a “consequential endeavor.” I believe...
" As a transgender and queer person, I didn’t see anyone like me in dance. Ever. So how could I see my future there?

 " -- Sean Dorsey When we think about Americans who lack abundant opportunities to see their stories on stage, we usually think about people of color or women. But...

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