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In a proclamation penned by a few leading children’s authors , it was written that “picture books should be fresh, honest, piquant, and beautiful.” To demonstrate just how fresh and beautiful they can be, NEA Director of Literature Amy Stolls recently brought in about six dozen...
Today, the name “John Mix Stanley” doesn’t ring many bells. And yet, Stanley was one of the 19th-century’s most accomplished painters of the American West. He spent his career documenting the unspoiled vistas and tribes of Native Americans that were at that time commonplace, creating hundreds of...
Chief Curator Mark Sloan gives us an inside look at Charleston, South Carolina's Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, recipient of an #NEAFall14 grant.
A YouTube playlist of songs that have something to do with winter.
"I think of art work as social activism. I live as an artist in the world to tell the stories of people who live on the margins. Our work as artists is to evoke emotion and inspire thought, whether it's a direct call to action or simply seeing the person next to you who you might have ignored...
"Every interaction with a patient is in some sense a form of poetry." - Dr. Rafael Campo Dr. Rafael Campo is that rare kind of human being who’s both right and left-brained. Not only is he a doctor, he’s a published and well-respected poet. Campo is as serious about the power of medicine as he is...
Which is easier to identify: a sour note or a faltering business model? The fact that millions tune into American Idol each week, and can immediately identify the tone-deaf contestants immediately, should give the nod to the sour note. In contrast, even if some ludicrous businesses were included...
I was thrilled to be accepted as a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the summer of 2014. My only concern was the relatively short term of my residency there--11 days. Little did I know that those 11 days were to prove as productive as several months in my home studio. The...
NEA Arts Education Director Ayanna Hudson takes a broad look at the first NEA Art Works Grants to support collective impact projects in arts education.
"Once you can see yourself in that human story, you begin to care about it. Any number of touchstones transform that barrier of stigma and shame and phobia into understanding. We know that our job with the Quilt is not only to help the maker in their grief process, but to then use that memory...

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