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Students perform in dance production at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Photo courtesy of Emily Allen
As concern grows over the quality of education in America, more and more schools are beginning to test whether arts-integrated curriculums can be a helpful tool in fostering academic achievement...
Students investigate an exhibit at the Holter Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Sondra Hines
Arts education isn't just a means of learning an artistic skill or practice; it is also a unique tool for learning about different cultures and perspectives. Multicultural arts programs help...
Michael Begay (second from left) working with the ETHEL String Quartet as part of the NACAP activities to bring musical education to Native-American communities. Photo courtesy of NACAP
"When I was a teenager, I felt stuck on the reservation," says Michael Begay, a 28-year-old composer of Navajo heritage who grew up in Arizona. "It felt like I was...
MindPOP partner Drama for Schools/UT Austin uses shadow puppetry to teach drama-based strategies to Austin public school teachers. Photo courtesy of Drama for Schools
Is the presence of fine arts teachers in a school enough to guarantee that all students are receiving a quality arts education? That was the question facing the Austin Independent...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Antonio Douthit in Alvin Ailey's Revelations. Photo by Gert Krautbauer
Achieving success in the arts can be a matter of grit, determination, patience, and talent. Unfortunately, it can also be a matter of money. To become a professional dancer, for...
T.S. Cooper Elementary kindergartners experience math concepts by creating original artwork in the style of the artist Henri Matisse. All photos by Michelle Mazan Burrows
The morning bell rings at Gatesville Elementary in rural Gates County, North Carolina, which approximately 12,200 residents call home and where nearly a quarter of the population liveS below the...
The Batiste Cultural Arts Academy Marching Band participating in its first Bacchus parade during Mardi Gras 2013. Photo by James Wanamaker
Amid the legendary spectacle and fanfare of Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Bacchus parade is known as one of the more extravagant processions. There are 25 floats, three dozen escorts...
As most artists know, becoming a professional isn't necessarily about talent. It's about having the discipline to spend hours in the studio, the persistence to continually audition or submit despite inevitable rejection, and having a passion that outweighs financial desires. This is true...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
What better way to welcome Dr. Bruce Carter to the National Council on the Arts than by introducing him to you, our beautiful reading public? A resident of Miami Beach, Carter received his master’s in music from the Peabody Conservatory and his PhD in music education from Northwestern...

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