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In last month’s post, I heralded the release of new research products from the Arts Endowment. All of them had been in our pipeline prior to COVID-19. Since then, we’ve published Why We Engage: Attending, Creating, and Performing Art . This report is based on large, nationally representative survey...
"Artists are not obligated to agree with their critics. When artists produce challenging and edgy material it is bound to unsettle some—but that is the role of art." — Carmen Maria Machado Here's Carmen Maria Machado in conversation with Elizabeth Tallent and moderator Colleen Shogan on The...
In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into the law the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965 (P.L. 89-209) "to provide for the establishment of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities to promote progress and scholarship in the humanities and the arts in...
As a child, Sandra Cisneros read voraciously, taking in “the language of books and writing and magic and mystery.” It was only much later, while attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, that Cisneros realized that her own language of working-class Mexican Americans was nowhere to be found within...
Around 1802, poet William Wordsworth penned a sonnet with the opening line, "The world is too much with us; late and soon...." Wordsworth was basically bewailing what he saw as the noise of the world, by way of materialism and industrialization, which was rupturing human connection with the peace...
“There are a lot of ways that equality or achieving equality is blocked or there are hurdles in people’s way, but designers can help remove those hurdles.” — Rebecca Johnson Since 2004, the nonprofit Center for Architecture and Design, an offshoot of the Philadelphia chapter of the American...
“Where is the Latino Cave Canem?” This is the question that brought Deborah Paredez, Celeste Mendoza, Norma E. Cantu, Pablo Martinez, and Carmen Tafolla together in 2009. Shortly after, CantoMundo was born. The first organization of its kind to specifically cater to Latino poets, CantoMundo’s...
Did you know that 2005 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and National Medal of Arts honoree Paquito D'Rivera was a child prodigy? He started playing professionally in Cuba when he was just 6 years old! Learn more about the Grammy Award-winning prolific composer and master artist here ...
“Ragtime has a certain style, and even the sad music still sounds happy. I think it’s reflective of being a Black person during that time and having to be so repressed about the ways society was oppressing you, and having to show that in a very understated way.” — Jannina Norproth In 1911, noted...
"Theater can contribute so much to our understanding of what is going on, to our understanding of our neighbor, to sometimes understanding ourselves." — Miriam Colón In addition to numerous roles on stage and screen, Miriam Colón also founded and was the director of New York City's Puerto Rican...

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