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For years, Serena Hall empowered women through her work as an equal opportunity manager for the federal government, where she trained women to “break through that glass ceiling,” as she said. After she retired, she took up painting, portraying the same type of strong women that she had...
Tener duende, to have a certain magic Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in partnership with the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis (ORA), released the 2014 Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). Top-line statistics from the account include the share of U.S...
Some people fight injustice through the courts, others with civil disobedience, and still others with their art. Award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley falls into the third category. His dramas are both wildly inventive and rich with history, invoking poetry, original music, and Greek mythology to...
It's easy to fall in love with artists —a fter all, they create work that moves our hearts and minds. So with Valentine's Day just around the corner, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook friends to tell us about their artist crush. Here's what you had to say. PUCKER UP!...
The arts have always been crucial to the American vision of liberty and democracy. Presidents past and present have emphasized the arts as a cornerstone of our national identity, allowing creativity and innovation to carry over into every aspect of our lives. As we gear up for Presidents' Day, we...
Last Saturday marked Edith Wharton 's birthday—she would have turned 153—so we thought we’d celebrate with a few facts you might not know about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Big Read author. She kept up with the Joneses: Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones, a daughter of one of New York’s most...
"As an artist, you have to be the person that builds bridges, that has the key that opens doors that are closed, to open the conversation, and always reach out to people. Music has nothing to do with hate." —Singer, songwriter, and activist Ang élique Kidjo, speaking at the 2015 APAP Conference...
This week's podcast features Harold Kyle, an auto mechanic who's been making sculpture from found objects for 40 years. He's made art with everything and anything, from discarded campaign signs (the wire can be used to make some interesting little men who sway in the breeze) to pitchforks, hammers...
2014 Poetry Out Loud National Champion reflects on her experience attending and performing at the 2014 National Storytelling Festival
We've officially reached that critical point in January when all those high hopes and bright beginnings of the new year seem like a distant memory. As our resolve for self-improvement begins to lag, we thought we'd share the cultural resolutions of NEA staff members. We hope they'll serve as a...

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