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Washington, DC The Film Forward filmmakers: (l to r) Debra Granik, Vikramaditya Motwane, Jennifer Arnold, Peter Bratt, Stanley Nelson, Cherien Dabis, Lixin Fan, Taika Waititi, and Mohamed Al-Daradji. (Not pictured: Havana Marking) Photo by Victoria Hutter “To say you’re like another...
Washington, DC Studio portrait of dancer/choreographer Martha Graham. Photo by Chris Alexander Today marks the anniversary of the birth of iconic dancer and choreographer Martha Graham in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As quoted by NEA Dance Director Nigel Redden in the Summer 1984 issue of Arts Review...
Washington, DC Edward Norton speaking on the artist and social transformation at Fresh Angle: A Ford Forum on the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation As we witness the tumultuous change sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa, it is easy to overlook the role of art and artists in...
Washington, DC Photo of Gary Jackson by Cereba Bell At first glance, poetry and superheroes might seem like unlikely mates. One brings to mind spandex and adolescent fan clubs, and the other…doesn’t. But Gary Jackson teases out the poetry in comic book characters in his first book...
Washington, DC " art " by Swrobski via flickr Last summer, when the NEA rewrote its strategic plan for the next five years, it placed a premium on research and the sharing of ideas. As an explicit goal, the agency now strives to “promote knowledge and understanding about the...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast launches an occasional series in which we’ll celebrate influential artists from previous eras by exploring their work with noted critics, writers, or other artists. It is fitting that we kick off the series with Gary Giddins, the writer many consider...
Chicago, Illinois Rocco with U.S. Department of Housing and Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at the National Mayors' Summit in Chicago. Photo by David Hathcox The setting said it all. Amidst the old world splendor of the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom was a jaw-dropping array of computers,...
Washington, DC Text and original artwork by Jiayi Zhou, Intern, NEA Office of Public Affairs 2009 Poetry Out Loud Champion William Farley celebrates his achievement with his younger brother. Photo by James Kegley Do you believe that deaf people cannot understand poems, which are mostly based on...
Washington, DC Photo of Youssef Biaz by James Kegley Last Friday, U Street’s historic Lincoln Theater erupted in hoots and hollers when 16-year-old Youssef Biaz was announced the winner of the 2011 Poetry Out Loud competition. A senior at Auburn High School, Biaz has clinched Alabama’s Poetry Out...
Washington, DC Sherry Goodill. Photo courtesy of Dr. Goodill. It is an honor to contribute to the blog today, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, and to tell you a little bit about dance, dance/movement therapy and children’s mental health needs. Today, SAMHSA ---the...

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