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“And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war. It's about sunlight. It's about the special way that dawn spreads out on a river when you know you must cross the river and march into the mountains and do things you are afraid to do. It's about love and memory. It...
"Only connect." —E.M. Forster It's become common practice in certain circles of arts advocacy and cultural policy to say that artists are entrepreneurs. Nor is this solely a doctrine of convenience. In the last two decades, the values of creativity and innovation have figured...
"People don't think about architecture as an export so we wanted to spread awareness about that...." -- Kara Meyer The Venice Biennale , founded in 1895, is a major multi-month, international, contemporary art exhibition that takes place each year in Venice, Italy. The featured...
“We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree. But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re...
“I identify mostly as being indigenous, but I'm in a world where I wear Western clothes and I speak English, so respect for the tradition of my people comes in little ways. My kids have traditional middle names, spoken in the language of my tribe, and [I’m] making sure my kids...
A few weeks ago, we posted a new audio gem to our Shortcuts section , of actor Charles Keating reading Edgar Allan Poe 's poem "The Bells." His recitation was so perfectly eerie that it seemed only appropriate to have you take a listen on Halloween, that Poe-iest day of the year...
Coming soon to arts.gov --the new issue of NEA Arts ! Healing Properties looks at arts projects in healthcare settings, from the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Fort Belvoir to a clinic for amputees in India to a children's hospital and much more. Stay tuned for when the issue goes...
"We all live transdisciplinary lives; no one thing defines us. So why not embrace transdisciplinary work? Whatever your field, there is always value in some outside perspective." -- Rachel Sussman You can read the entire Art (and Science) Talk with Rachel Sussman here ...
We know you have your Halloween playlist handled--really there's no such thing as too many times to listen to "Monster Mash" or "Thriller"--but what about your Halloween reading list? Don't worry, we took care of that for you. Below is expert advice from NEA Literary...
On Tuesday, we announced a new addition to our Big Read library : Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat. This memoir—our first nonfiction Big Read title—tells the story of Danticat’s family, and their long and winding journey from Haiti to the United States. Although...

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