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Pianist Helen Sung. Photo by Kathy Villacorta Musicianship requires more than just knowing how to read a sheet of music and press the proper keys. Both of those skills are critical of course, but so is knowing the tradition of your art form, understanding the masters, and learning which techniques...
"Unlike most poets, I do not teach at a university, possess an MFA, or even spend very much of my time talking about poetry." --- Ken Chen Author, attorney, translator, executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, Ken...
"Art in all of its manifestations is engagement with others. I love to grab someone’s hand and say, here it is---the story." --- Debra Magpie Earling A native of Spokane, Washington, novelist and short story writer Debra Magpie Earling has garnered numerous awards for her work,...
Ramona Emerson. Photo courtesy of Ms. Emerson "As an artist... you are the historian. You're telling people what your society was like at that moment in time." --- Ramona Emerson It's not surprising that filmmaker Ramona Emerson grew up to be an artist. Growing up with a visual...
Johanna Warren. Photo by Monik Geisel "I used to do a lot of waiting...for inspiration and luck, but then I realized both of those things are like lightning, and you can either sit at home wondering, 'Why haven't I been struck by lightning yet?' or you can cover yourself in...
Art by flickr user Swrobski When interviewing artists and culture mavens for our Art Talk blog series , we often pose the question, "What do you think is the role of the artist in the community?" Below are a few of our favorite answers from a collection of incredible individuals. Don and...
This month on Art Works we're catching up with some artists and arts organizations that we've previously been featured on the blog and in other NEA publications to ask, "What are you up to now?" Brooklyn-based visual artist---and Brooklyn Soda Works co-founder---Caroline Mak...
"I have learned that community practice can also be about photography embracing and celebrating differences reflected in a positive form." --- Jane Marie Butler Last fall Northern Ireland photographer Jane Marie Butler lived and worked in Washington, DC for two months. Under the auspices...
Ann Angel. Photo by Shannon Wucherer In the days of Facebook and text messages, capturing a teenager's attention can seem like a Herculean task, particularly in the literary realm. Yet writer Ann Angel has successfully built her career on that ever finicky YA market. She has written biographies...
Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir. Photo by Liz Payne "[Artists are] contributing to everyone by trying to push a healthier, more hopeful humanity forward. I feel like that’s our responsibility." --- Leyya Tawil Although Detroit native Leyya Tawil has always danced, she was actually on...

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