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Did you know that since 1982 we have awarded NEA National Heritage Fellowships in 211 artistic traditions? Among them, this year’s class of nine fellows represent diverse art forms within the fiber arts, music, dance, Native American cultural traditions, and religious musical traditions. Here...
When Alan Blaugrund began collecting Native American baskets, he would travel to auctions and trade shows in search of his next find. “I just started buying them, and tried to figure out why one looked different from the next,” said Blaugrund, an Albuquerque resident and a dermatologist...
“I think it's extremely important to be well-rounded and exercise both sides of your brain, and I think sometimes if you build the creative part, you need that in the scientific part as well.” – Karen Nyberg Astronauts do a lot of things while they're in outer space: they...
Today as we kick off the week leading up to Friday’s celebration of master folk and traditional artists—the annual NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert —we’re taking a look at Folkstreams , a nonprofit dedicated to archiving films that capture the richness and diversity...
In the late 1990s, Kate DiCamillo was working in the children’s section of a book warehouse, earning $4.80 an hour. The job gave her insight into the children’s publishing process: perhaps 5,000 copies of a book would sell, and the rest would be liquidated to free up warehouse shelves...
"Arts education fosters bright, creative, and socially engaged students who will grow up to be our next leaders, parents, teachers, artists, and engineers. Their innovative ideas will shape industries; their creative thinking will find out-of-the-box solutions for a global society, and will...
“Taking the time to honor the abilities that I've been given and to honor the voice that I have I believe is honoring the tradition of my people.” –Gregg Deal What does it mean to be an indigenous person in the 21st century? That question fuels Gregg Deal 's art practice,...
An interview with indigenous visual and performance artist Gregg Deal about his art practice.
The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert Celebration is one heck of a good party, and what's a party without music? Not only do legendary traditional artists such as ceramicist Veronica Castillo, sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, or shipwright Harold Burnham give dazzling on-stage...
"I am suspicious of narratives that employ the 'journey of becoming' rhetoric. Perhaps some people live their lives with the intentionality and purpose of a medieval knight; not I. I don't journey. I stumble passionately. Often, I stumble passionately toward art and creative...
School is back in session. For you Big Readers out there, the end of summer means the return of our Big Read-focused blog posts. Hooray! Ok. Now for some Housekeeping . (Anyone? That's a sly Big Read reference and this author's favorite Big Read novel). For anyone who missed the...

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