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"The arts and humanities aren't just there to be consumed when we have a free moment. We need them like medicine. They help us live." -- President Barack Obama at the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony You can view an archive of the live webcast of the...
For our second installment of Looking Forward we asked playwright and Theater Communications Group blogger Jacqueline Lawton to respond to the question: Where are you seeing opportunities for growth/unexplored challenges/gaps to be filled in your arts discipline? Given her commitment to diversity...
"Art gives us the opportunity to remember that we’re living magic on a daily basis. When you talk to people, they deal with life as if it’s a mundane thing. Maybe it’s because we’re used to it. Maybe it’s because we’ve been taught through systems and schools...
Times Square isn’t picky about the billboards it displays. A capitalist’s dreamscape, there are advertisements for Broadway shows, movies, beverages, underwear, cars—if you can buy it, they’ll promote it. But in a few days, one of the world’s most visited tourist...
"[W]e approached the design of Moogfest much like we approach synthesizer design. We asked ourselves this question: how can we inspire people who are interested in technology, music, and art to create new things?" -- Emmy Parker To musicians and engineers, Robert Moog (rhymes with rogue)...
"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...

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