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We've officially reached that critical point in January when all those high hopes and bright beginnings of the new year seem like a distant memory. As our resolve for self-improvement begins to lag, we thought we'd share the cultural resolutions of NEA staff members. We hope they'll serve as a...
There are no shortage of treasures housed at the Library of Congress, but this one has always been a particular favorite for the way it documents a fascinating, if troubling piece of American literary history. This incredible letter from 1942 was written by Ernest Hemingway to poet and playwright...
“I think the worst form of discrimination is someone judging what a person is capable of learning.” -Kitty Lunn, founder of Infinity Dance Theater, which features physically disabled dancers Read our piece on Infinity Dance Theater , and see how other organizations around the country are using the...
"When you don't know where the path is, which direction should you take? How do you know when you're moving forward? How do you muster the courage to keep going when everyone around you resists change? When you think about it, so many of those who are successful take creative chances...
Ruby Lerner is the founding executive director and president of Creative Capital , an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. We thought Ruby might know a little bit about making plans so we asked her to share with us her creative resolutions...
With every New Year comes a batch of resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. Less junk food, more exercise. Less complaining, more volunteering. And for many of us, less television, and more reading. We can’t help you with the kale-eating or the gym-going, but here are five reasons why...
Award-winning composer Jonathan Bailey Holland talks to us about his process for composing music, the relation of narrative and failure to work, and makes a case for listening to more Barber.
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...
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...

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