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"I don’t believe in catharsis from [being] creative. If you’re any good, your work, what you are trying to say, becomes almost a genetic part of you that you don’t lose." -- Larry Kramer You can read the complete interview with Larry Kramer here . If you're...
When conducting Art Talks for the blog, we’ll often ask artists what they believe their responsibility is to the community, and conversely, what they think the community’s responsibility is to them. In our new issue of NEA Arts —now live on our website—we expanded this...
Norman Bel Geddes perhaps isn’t the best embodiment of the NEA’s notion of creative placemaking. Rather than communities centered on art, the designer envisioned a world centered on the automobile, filled with expressways, multi-tiered bridges, and parking lots as far as the eye could...
“[W]e all have the power to change our surroundings, we all have the power to tend to something overlooked, unlovely, or in need of repair in our neighborhoods, and we all have the power to make our place better.” – Laura Zabel I’m always interested in reciprocity between...
"I think arts festivals matter because they're life changing, they educate, enlighten, enrich. They uplift." -- Jevelle Robinson You know the saying “each one teach one?” Well, that could be the tagline for the story of how Jevelle and Marcus Robinson fell in love with...
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Just a year later, President Johnson signed the legislation that created the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),...
Though the term “cool” became popularized in the U.S. in the middle of the last century, if the Internet is to be believed a form of the word has actually existed as an adjective since the days of Beowulf. Whether you believe its origins are in the 20th century or around the eighth,...
Carl Grodach, most recently as an associate professor at the University of Texas Arlington's School of Urban & Public Affairs, has worked hard to complicate our view of where arts organizations choose to locate. In a February 2014 journal article based on NEA-funded research, Grodach and...
“I would tell people that they were paintings and that they were sculptures and that they had to find ways of taking up space that were much more their own.” – Mariette Pathy Allen In some ways Mariette Pathy Allen ’s career in the arts has been a series of fortuitous—...
When Les Waters directed Big Love by Charles Mee at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2000, he couldn’t have foreseen that he would one day manage the direction of the festival itself. The British-born Waters was named artistic director of the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2011,...

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