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“If you want to be an innovator in a style, you need to be a preservationist also, because until you can speak the stylistic language fluently, you can’t really understand how to innovate in the style.” — Andy Statman, 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow Read our full...
One of my many tasks here at the NEA is to transcribe interviews so that they can be turned into blog posts, articles, or archived for reference. It seems tedious when you explain the process, but I always enjoy listening to artists share words of wisdom or tell their life story. I’ve been...
When I was in school back in the 1970s and 80s, industrial design meant creating mass-manufactured products. The prevailing question was How do you make the perfect cup or chair or sports car? The challenge was clear: make better, more efficient, more beautiful stuff. That kind of design still...
“On a civic level, especially in areas needing revitalization, art works to give citizens a sense of pride and shared investment in their community.” — Renée Fleming Did you know that Renée Fleming had planned to be a jazz singer? Lucky for us “The People’s Diva...
"Nothing is beneath poetic notice---that's why nothing is too big for it."---Heather McHugh Inventive, provocative, and playful are just a few of the adjectives you might apply to Heather McHugh's poetry. The recipient of two NEA Literature Fellowships (1974 and 1982), McHugh has...
“On the surface it's very hard to pinpoint how [mathematics and fiction] mesh with each other. But if you dig down a little deeper, we're all human beings and we have a limited amount of tools at our disposal. And I think our minds probably use the same kinds of techniques to solve...
"[A]rt works as a verb to make lives better, to inspire learning, to express emotion, to heal and grow, to add value, to add to the quality of life."---Marisa Marinos So you know that person who always introduces herself in the elevator, has a stack of K-cups at the ready so she can...
“I am obsessed. This obsession drives me to gobble up books as though they were candy---drives me to spend eight hours a day at the keyboard, to turn down social engagements, give up on hobbies---and to constantly mine the world for material to bring to the page.” --- Benjamin Percy...
What do you imagine when you think of the suburbs? Tract houses? Strip malls? Subdivisions that look numbingly alike? A new breed of architect is imagining a totally new vision for suburban life. From ways to use setbacks as sites for additional housing stock to a renewed emphasis on shared public...
To celebrate our latest round of Our Town grants to support creative placemaking projects, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to tell us what creative placemaking means in their communities. Read what they had to say and then add your own definition in the comments! "Through art...

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