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When Kenn Nesbitt found out he would be the new Children’s Poet Laureate , he said he was “floored.” We’re not sure why. After all, the poet has published over a dozen books and collections of poetry and has endeared himself to kids across the country with his instinctual...
"The thread that unifies all great artists is their passion. It’s contagious. Just be near them for a moment and you’ll see that you’ll get swept up in their vision." --- Lin Arison Given that Lin Arison's passion for the arts ignited during a grade-school trip to an...
"If you give children an escape from their regimentation, if you give them an escape from maybe the ignorance they are raised in at home, and you give them an oasis to come to everyday where not only do they learn important things---math, science and all of that, computers---but they also...
If a picture's worth a thousand words, then the cover image of the new issue of NEA Arts --- Engaged and Empowered: The Power of Arts Education ---is priceless! The issue's cover is by Inocente, a young artist who came to national attention as the subject of the eponymous short documentary...
"The arts are part of our everyday life, whether we realize it or not." --- Ted Rausch, Portsmouth High School Band Director Band director Ted Rausch has his own philosophy when it comes to his high school marching band: no competition. Not only does Rhode Island's Portsmouth High...
On April 30, 2013, after approximately nine months of competition and more than 375,000 competitors, Langston Ward of Spokane, Washington's Meade High School took top honors as the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion . This year, Ward, who was also Washington's 2012 state champ, wowed...
Who's right? Find out tonight at 7:00 pm ET! Join us in person at GW's Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC or online at arts.gov . Visit our News Room for details. And don't worry, it's not to late to invite some pals over to watch. Register for a viewing party here . (from l-r) #...
Without a doubt, the young competitors of Poetry Out Loud have a tough job---not only do they have to memorize three poems word perfect, but they then have to recite those poems in front of a crowded auditorium knowing they are being judged on their accuracy, physical presence, voice and...
Today, the NEA announced $350,000 in support of 17 new research grants , which offer innovative new ways to measure the value and impact of the arts in the U.S. While descriptions of all our new grantees can be found online , we thought we’d take a closer look at a project from West Chester...
A second-grader at Quatama Elementary in Hillsboro, Oregon, lights the sculpture she created when a visual arts residency was integrated with the study of electrical circuits. Photo by Janis Hill
Although Portland, Oregon, is recognized as a vibrant creative community, nearly one-third of elementary schools have absolutely no arts instruction--no music, visual art, dance or theater. The Right Brain Initiative...

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