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“When I can feel the hair on my arms raise up, I know that person has become the poem…” – Margaret Belisle on Poetry Out Loud Helena High School English teacher Margaret Belisle may have just retired, but as it turns out, you can take the teacher out of the classroom, but...
The Arts Endowment’s vision is that every student is engaged and empowered through an excellent arts education. This statement reflects a fundamental belief that all students should have the opportunity to participate in the arts, both in school and out of school. It also acknowledges the...
"Speaking a poem by heart connects you to the Greater Conversation, whatever your sorrow or bliss, whoever your god. It also lowers your blood pressure." --JoAnn Balingit, Delaware Poet Laureate Need more reasons why you should get to memorizing? Click through for more musings on the...
"Whereas science through its objectivity and rigor distills the human being out of ideas, the arts reconstitute science to include human beings." -- Dr. Ainissa Ramirez Dr. Ainissa Ramirez is a science evangelist, an impassioned champion for science education. She has a Ph.D. in material...
One of the semifinalist prizes for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition is money for the student's school to buy books of poetry for its library. With so many choices out there, we thought we'd ask our Facebook fans and our Twitter followers for their recommendations. What would...
Well, tonight's the night you've all been waiting for: the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert. Before you tune into our webcast — broadcast live from Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. EST — we thought we'd introduce you to Soledad O'Brien, who will be co...
When Kwayera Archer Cunningham, a trained dancer, returned to Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York she was struck by the dearth of high-quality arts opportunities for residents. She was also convinced that for the community's young people to succeed in life, they needed to develop a...
Last Friday, the White House hosted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards , which honored 12 organizations across the country for their outstanding work with children. One of the honorees was Project AIM , which uses the arts to engage with pediatric oncology patients receiving...
As you may have seen, we recently had some big news in Big Read-land : the novels The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will be joining our roster of Big Read titles for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The Beautiful Things That Heaven...
“It's important to teach your children to be lovers of silence. Art forces us to be quiet, observant, and reflective.” –Kristen Nelson Kristen Nelson aka Art History Mom, lives in Atlanta with her husband, Christian, and their three little masterpieces. A freelance graphic...

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