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As most artists know, becoming a professional isn't necessarily about talent. It's about having the discipline to spend hours in the studio, the persistence to continually audition or submit despite inevitable rejection, and having a passion that outweighs financial desires. This is true...
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In this week's podcast , we meet Rachael Holmes. Holmes is a young actress of enormous talent and range, with the ability to get inside the skin and soul of each character she portrays. She moves effortlessly from playing Queen Isabel in Richard II to an upper-class doctor's wife in Good...
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While it's commonplace to say that art is a universal language, there is at least one artistic field where this doesn't quite hold true, and that is literature. Unlike visual art or dance or music, literature must go through an intermediary---the translator---before it can be consumed by a...
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Ask someone to name a classical musician, and they'll likely reel off names such as Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, or Tchaikovsky. Ask them to name a classical musician from the 21st century however, and the task might become a little more difficult. Yo-Yo Ma , however, is an exception. Since...
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This week's podcast features M. Evelina Galang, who writes short stories, novels, and essays and directs the MFA creative writing program at the University of Miami. Her books include the story collection, Her Wild American Self and the novel One Tribe, which won the 2004 AWP Prize in the novel...
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Julie Watai is a performance artist and idol in Japan and Italy who is forging a connection between the fashion world of Shibuya and the technology world of Akihabara. She declared at a recent symposium that young people no longer go to museums, and that it is important for them to have an entry...
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A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with two of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, David “Mas” Masumoto and Maria Lopez de Leon . As we chatted, it became clear that the arts formed a common thread between Masumoto and de Leon despite their very different...
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Aman Mojadidi has described himself as an “Afghan by blood and redneck by the grace of God." It's a great line---memorable and funny---and one that got us hooked on his TED talk . An American of Afghan descent, Mojadidi was born and raised in Florida and has lived in Afghanistan for...
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In this week's podcast , we meet Mary Zimmerman. Zimmerman is an acclaimed director known throughout the theater world for her visually arresting and innovative work. With her lyrical storytelling and dazzling staging in works such as The Odyssey , The Arabian Nights , Secrets in the Wings ,...
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Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
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