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"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...
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...
There are no shortage of treasures housed at the Library of Congress, but this one has always been a particular favorite for the way it documents a fascinating, if troubling piece of American literary history. This incredible letter from 1942 was written by Ernest Hemingway to poet and playwright...
“I think the worst form of discrimination is someone judging what a person is capable of learning.” -Kitty Lunn, founder of Infinity Dance Theater, which features physically disabled dancers Read our piece on Infinity Dance Theater , and see how other organizations around the country...
"When you don't know where the path is, which direction should you take? How do you know when you're moving forward? How do you muster the courage to keep going when everyone around you resists change? When you think about it, so many of those who are successful take creative chances...
Ruby Lerner is the founding executive director and president of Creative Capital , an innovative arts foundation that adapts venture capital concepts to support individual artists. We thought Ruby might know a little bit about making plans so we asked her to share with us her creative resolutions...
With every New Year comes a batch of resolutions on how we can improve ourselves. Less junk food, more exercise. Less complaining, more volunteering. And for many of us, less television, and more reading. We can’t help you with the kale-eating or the gym-going, but here are five reasons why...
Award-winning composer Jonathan Bailey Holland talks to us about his process for composing music, the relation of narrative and failure to work, and makes a case for listening to more Barber.
2015 is the year that the NEA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and it has us thinking about where we've been and where we are going with arts-based community development in this country. Today is an especially good day to talk about this topic as it marks the release of an important series...

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