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“Memorials need to address issues. [They] need to address honoring certain people, events, and they also need to tell you about a particular time period. Whether you like it or not, they should provoke a new way of thinking about a subject.” — Ed Hamilton Sculptor Ed Hamilton has been fascinated by...
As Jane Chu concludes her term as Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, we asked her to reflect on what it's like to work at the agency and what she's learned about the arts landscape of the U.S. while making more than 400 site visits in communities throughout the country. Here's what she...
As the song goes, “The world’s not ending. It’s adapting. Don’t say goodbye. Try not to die. Aaaaahhh.” That song, called “Day Number One,” tracks the early days of a zombie apocalypse and won first place for its composer, Michigan high school junior David Volpini, at the final competition of the...
The idea of a museum as a community anchor is not a new one. But what makes the Wing Luke Museum so extraordinary is its level of community engagement. As Executive Director Beth Takekawa explained, the museum draws its roots from the spirit of Wing Luke, a young Chinese-American leader, and his “...
Since 1963, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society —originally known as the George C. Krick Classical Guitar Guild (SLCG)—has brought the sound of music to its community with a range of programs including concerts and master classes. Seeking to use its expertise as an arts organization to help...
"An artist must be the kind of person that can change the world by way of transforming him or herself." -- Zhou Zan Like poetry? Check out our poetry-related blog features here .
When you think of French Post-impressionist Paul Cézanne, you most likely think of his masterful landscape and still life paintings, often cited as the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism. But equally influential, yet much less well-known, are Cezanne’s portraits, which in some ways were both...
Roger Shimomura is in many ways a study in contrasts. His paintings are visually bright and frequently humorous, even as they expose the dark underbelly of stereotypes and racism. They are unquestionably American, even as they warp idealized visions of American life. And their flat colors, borrowed...
"Whether in Atlanta, Georgia or Sparks, Nevada, NEA funding reaches thousands of communities, assisting local organizations and providing access to the arts to all. The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country." -- Jane Chu In pursuit of...
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...

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