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"Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who will grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will...
“Taking the time to honor the abilities that I've been given and to honor the voice that I have I believe is honoring the tradition of my people.” –Gregg Deal What does it mean to be an indigenous person in the 21st century? That question fuels Gregg Deal 's art practice,...
An interview with indigenous visual and performance artist Gregg Deal about his art practice.
The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert Celebration is one heck of a good party, and what's a party without music? Not only do legendary traditional artists such as ceramicist Veronica Castillo, sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, or shipwright Harold Burnham give dazzling on-stage...
"I am suspicious of narratives that employ the 'journey of becoming' rhetoric. Perhaps some people live their lives with the intentionality and purpose of a medieval knight; not I. I don't journey. I stumble passionately. Often, I stumble passionately toward art and creative...
School is back in session. For you Big Readers out there, the end of summer means the return of our Big Read-focused blog posts. Hooray! Ok. Now for some Housekeeping . (Anyone? That's a sly Big Read reference and this author's favorite Big Read novel). For anyone who missed the...
Oliver Douglas: Keep Manhattan, just give me the countryside. Lisa Douglas: Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue. -TV theme song to Green Acres In the '60s sitcom Green Acres , Oliver Douglas quits his law practice in New York City to move to Hooterville and begin life as a farmer. His...
If to pray is to focus on that which is important, which is larger than oneself and has meaning, then Yaddo is a place of prayer. –- Zia Haider Rahman Located in Saratoga Springs, New York, Yaddo is one of the oldest and most established artist colonies in the country, and it looks the part...
"Art matters because it is the one true great connector in a world that seems to be very unconnected, and it's important now more than ever to shine a huge light on that connectivity that we have, that we often forget." -Josh Groban You can read the full interview with Josh Groban...
"Art gives us an experience like nothing else can, a chance to connect, understand, and explore perceptions, feelings, and innovative thoughts. Museums provide a space for reflection, experimentation, inspiration, creativity, enjoyment and allow for authentic learning experiences and play...
“The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That's what's so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu Jane Chu has had a busy August making her first official Art Works visits as NEA Chair. Starting close to home, Jane visited...

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