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"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...
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...
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...
"Our Christmases together were simple. We limited our gifts to pennies and wits and all-out competition. Who would come up with the most outrageous for the least? The real Christmas was for the children, an idea I found totally compatible, for I had long ago ceased to speculate on the meaning...
French novelist and 2014 Nobel Laureate in Literature Patrick Modiano muses on the writer's relationship with memory in an excerpt from his Nobel lecture.
In 1965, it took three attempts for civil rights marchers to successfully and safely trek the 54-miles from Selma, Alabama, to the steps of the state capital in Montgomery. To honor the 50th anniversary of the marches, the Alabama Dance Festival—run by NEA grantee Alabama Dance Council...
“I think in America we forget that writing and carrying that banner of "being a poet" is tied into a long history of people that have literally risked [their lives] and died to write those words.” — Javier Zamora Poet Javier Zamora is obsessed with borders. There is the...
“Sometimes when you're in the tyranny of the moment, you can't always see what [the solution] could possibly be, but scientists and artists are pretty trained at looking for the unexpected. And I think that's a unique shared skill each brings to the problem-solving experience...
In a proclamation penned by a few leading children’s authors , it was written that “picture books should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.” To demonstrate just how fresh and beautiful they can be, NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls recently brought in about six dozen...
Today, the name “John Mix Stanley” doesn’t ring many bells. And yet, Stanley was one of the 19th-century’s most accomplished painters of the American West. He spent his career documenting the unspoiled vistas and tribes of Native Americans that were at that time commonplace...

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