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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...
Pamela L. Jennings. Photo courtesy of Ms. Jennings Pamela L. Jennings is equal parts artist, engineer, and researcher. Her CV is extensive, covering everything from teaching positions in the arts to research projects in human-centered computing. As Director of the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for...
Carol Becker. Photo courtesy of Columbia University School of the Arts After completing my Ph.D. in literature decades ago, I was ready for a big change. I tried journalism and several other professions, and eventually found my way back to the academy but this time to an art school. I was hired to...
Amanda Taylor, a student at Heights High School in Wichita, Kansas, learns to design a video game as part of Young Audiences’ program. Photo by Katie Lynn
Video games have come a long way since 1958 when William Higinbotham created Tennis for Two , nearly two decades before Atari was even a start-up. In summer 2012, the...
Art Room by flickr user cayoup As we wind down another year of NEA research blog posts, I thought it fitting to end on a mildly aspirational note. For a topic, I need look no further than arts education, itself redolent with the themes of hope, striving, and self-discovery. It also helps that I...

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