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Today is a big day for creative placemaking here at the Arts Endowment, as we are launching some long- anticipated new resources for folks around the country who care about arts-based community development. They include the Exploring Our Town online resource, the pilot of a funding stream to...
There’s no shortage of data outlining the benefits of reading for children. In the NEA’s own 2007 report, To Read or Not to Read , research suggested that reading proficiency was associated with higher test scores, and later, with higher-paying jobs, greater career growth, and higher...
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...

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