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Meet Christopher Paul Curtis. He is known for writing historical fiction for young adults that center on African-American families and tackle tough issues with humor and honesty. His latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone, has all the hallmarks of a Curtis novel: a likeable and utterly believable...
Looking Into a PTSD Mind by Bill McCormick. Photo courtesy of Bill McCormick "It's not so much about the art; it's what the art represents." --- Liz Mackey, on artwork by veterans The photo framed above features, quite literally, a pile of junk. The glasses, barbed wire, rusted...
Time Flies By (2011) by How & Hosm. Spray Paint on DC3 airplane 203 x 776 x 1,142". Photo by Jason Wawro for Eric Firestone Gallery In and around Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of acres of desert serve as retirement communities for aircraft. The largest, located at the Davis-Monthan Air Force...
Rehearsal for Fallujah . From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as "Lalo," Nickolas Meyer as "Rocks," Christopher Mayell as "Taylor," and Ken Lavigne as "Philip." Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret)...
This week's podcast is a little bit different. We wanted to continue the conversation begun with the recent issue of NEA Arts which focuses on the rich intersections of the arts and the military. So, we asked Vietnam veteran and author Richard Currey to share his experiences reading Tim O'...
Day 6: Left Front of My Classroom via flickr user bonnie-brown It's a commonplace of most research reports that they conclude in much the same way, by stipulating that "more research must be conducted." But the statement rings especially true when the study topic itself is cliché-...
This week's podcast takes us backstage with playwright Michele Lowe. Although it's not easy to make a living in the arts, Lowe has become a successful playwright whose work has been produced in regional theaters throughout the country as well as on and off-Broadway. Even a partial list of...
The first time I saw the AIDS Memorial Quilt was in 1996, the last time it was displayed in full in Washington, DC. I was 13 years old, and my father had taken my younger sister and I to the National Mall to see what had by then become a nearly two-mile commemoration of the roughly six million...
This week, as we prepare for the upcoming special issue of NEA Arts which looks at the arts and the military, the podcast features a conversation with Operation Homecoming instructor, Ron Capps. Capps served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 25 years. Since leaving the military, he has worked...
Here I am, speaking in Chicago. Photo by Patrick L. Pyszka After our stay in Indiana, it was off to Chicago. The day started bright and early at the Chicago Cultural Center, and it was a great morning for us. Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and...

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