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Chances are good that you’ve seen The Nutcracker —in fact, it might be the only ballet you’ve ever seen. But even if you haven’t, you’ve certainly heard of it and can probably even hum a few bars from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous score, which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials...
"Creativity's not something that we can feel sorry for. It's something that we should invest in because it's going to return on that investment." -- Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf Read our story on the artist collective and immersion experience Meow Wolf in the new issue of NEA Arts magazine .
The National Endowment for the Arts is updating its logo to boldly reflect the importance of this independent federal agency whose funding and support gives all Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Selected from a...
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, DC, which has previously received National Endowment for the Arts grant support, has taken the plunge into fashion with an exhibit focused on Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sibling designers behind the label Rodarte. Featuring work from...
"Rather than is there somebody else in the way who's stopping me, [I ask]: Am I stopping myself?" -- Bebe Miller Here's dancer and choreographer Bebe Miller, in her own words, on the body, her legacy, and the most important question she asks herself: https://go.usa.gov/xPuuC...
"For me, in rehearsals, every time I showed up I wanted to make sure that I was being truthful to my own voice." – Ty Defoe There’s a reason why the word multidisciplinary exists. Ty Defoe is that reason. He sings, dances, writes music, writes musicals, acts, educates and tells stories. This past...
“Art is always visionary. Art always disturbs present realities, however satisfactory they may seem to the rest of the world.” —Visual artist Ben Shahn While it may be true that all art is visionary, some visions are more expansive than others—pushing the boundaries of what’s seemingly possible,...
"Advice is like snow--the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge What's the best art-full advice you've received in 2018? What's the best art-full advice you have for others as we head into 2019? Tell us over on the National...
In a recent post on this blog, Patricia Shaffer, PhD, the deputy director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis, upheld the need for more rigorous research in the field of arts education. Dr. Shaffer based her conclusions in part on a report released last year by...
My favorite menorah growing up was the smallest and shabbiest one we owned. But it was also the most special. It was made in Palestine and purchased by my great-great-grandfather in Austria, an object that he considered so precious that it became one of the few items he brought to the U.S. as he...

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