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2015 is the year that the NEA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and it has us thinking about where we've been and where we are going with arts-based community development in this country. Today is an especially good day to talk about this topic as it marks the release of an important series of...
Judy Pest of the Ozark Foothills Filmfest, a Challenge America grantee in Batesville, Arkansas, talks about why the film festival is important to the rural community.
In 1979, music teacher Doris Walker was conducting class when one of her students—blind, autistic, and normally shy—told her offhandedly the key of a certain song. Surprised, she pushed further, and discovered a talent for singing. If music could reach an unreachable student, who else might it...
After recently stumbling into an (older) review of Wes Anderson's movies by the remarkable writer, Michael Chabon, I was reminded of Chabon's memorable breakdown of the Big Read novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, by one of his favorite writers, Ursula K. Le Guin. Curiously, both Wes Anderson's movies and...
[Just before the holidays last year, the NEA released a report jointly produced by its Office of Research & Analysis and the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Titled Measuring Cultural Engagement: A Quest for New Terms, Tools, and Techniques, the report is unlike other NEA...
“I become more and more convinced that artists are essential to every conversation about social innovation. It seems that the question is no longer ‘Are artists social entrepreneurs?’ but rather, ‘What next?’ What can artists accomplish with their imagination and flexibility, their balance of...
New NEA Literature Fellow Sandra Beasley shares her cultural resolutions for 2015.
"When we think about who we are, everything is connected and everything that we have might benefit from having an artist and a scientist together in the conversation just to say, 'What if? What can we do if we tried this?' "Thinking that there are certain fields or domains that are restricted to...
With the holiday season in full swing, we're understandably in a festive mood. And who better to celebrate with than the cast and crew of Ford's Theatre's A Christmas Carol? They generously shared their holiday wishes with us, which we're now sharing with you. For our own wish, we hope all our...
Despite frozen fingers, chilly noses, and sore backs from shoveling, we have to admit--winter sure is pretty to look at! So after you discover your new favorite hot chocolate recipe on Pinterest, hop over to the NEA Pinterest page to explore our collection of Winter Wonderlands. Winter-Library of...

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