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When we think of good design, we might think of pleasing aesthetics or functional utility. Rarely, however, do we associate design with civil rights. And yet for someone in a wheelchair, “the courthouse steps meant that you weren't equal in the halls of justice. The school steps—you couldn't really...
As we get ready for Memorial Day, we thought we’d take a look at patriotism through a poet’s eyes; namely, Walt Whitman’s. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, Whitman was living and writing in Brooklyn, New York. But in 1862, he headed south after reading in the New York Herald that his brother,...
Let's face it--one of the hallmarks of youth is the unassailable, absolute certainty that one knows absolutely everything. But, in truth, while age may bring wrinkles and gray hair and the absolutely certainty that we don't actually know everything, age also brings wisdom. In that spirit, we offer...
Let's hear it for another year of Blue Star Museums!
We know a lady never tells her age, but we can't help it--we're excited to be turning 50 this September! And how do we plan to celebrate? By sharing your stories of how the arts have impacted and made a difference in your lives. Whether you want to send us photos, make a video, sing a song, or...
NEA Chair Jane Chu on art in our everydaylives.
Summer is fast approaching and so we're winding things down on the Big Read blog. Two more posts to go and then we close up shop 'til the fall. Fare the well breezy spring days of 75 degree temps (all three of them), and hello swamp-heat, which so graciously suffocates the District like a wool...
Initially, the first conference between the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) felt like “a kind of strange wedding,” said Haystack Director Stu Kestenbaum. This was in 2002, when the intersection between technology and the arts was still at the...
2015 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Maeva Ordaz of Alaska shares her POL story.
Montana Arts Council Executive Director Arlynn Fishbaugh discusses Montana's program for helping artists become better entrepreneurs.

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