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"I think when you read Hemingway as a young writer, you begin to focus on the importance of every word. It's not about coming up always with the new word or the flashy diction, but it's about getting to a larger truth about subjectivity and character through the simple turns that...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that...
"We want our students to be reflections of the poems that they write and make sure that they’re writing a life that they want to live and not just writing what they see. I mean we do have to write what we see a lot. But that power that their voice has to affect other people and to change...
"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...
Until a few years ago, San Diego’s Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) had no music program to speak of: the school district had cut music education from most of its 45 schools, and no longer employed a full-time music instructor. As a result, organizations like the San Diego Youth...
Next Wednesday, August 27, we'll present the next webinar in our arts and human development series. Mariale Hardiman of Johns Hopkins University and Ivonne Chand O'Neal of the Kennedy Center will share their thoughts on the question: How do in-school arts education programs affect student...
"As adults, we tend to go to the theater. As children, we are just as likely to encounter it. It's a small distinction but one which I like."-- Andy Manley Ask any theater person, and they'll tell you that kids make the toughest audiences. Like their compatriots who write kid'...
"We need to make sure that the powers that be know that arts education is as vital and as important as geography and arithmetic. You know, it is a part of the spiritual and the soulful experience and expression of being human and it is a necessity, as necessary as water, as breathing air...
Latino dancer practicing.
In 1970, dancer, choreographer, and future National Medal of the Arts honoree Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispanico . As current artistic director Eduardo Vilaro explained, Ramirez created the company “in...
"Arts entertainment and arts education allow us to remember why we're here on earth and what it's all about. And to have that missing from a child's life I think removes in many cases hope and the ability to dream of a life better than the one they know." -- Rosie O'...

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