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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...
Did you know...that both sides in the women's suffrage movement targeted the role of mothers in their campaigns? Anti-suffragists insisted women's suffrage would break housholds apart, while pro-suffragists predicted increased power for individual families. Did you know...that at the turn of the...
Here and abroad, cultural researchers are doing their level best to track the arts participation habits of the general public during COVID-19. These insights will help the sector adjust more effectively in the near term. They also will help arts organizations better anticipate shifts in creative...
"Silence is perfect. So you want to try and raise whatever you're doing to that level." — Roscoe Mitchell , 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Silence may be perfect, but spending an evening with the 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters is even better than that! Soulful,...
"[A Grecian sculpture of a woman...

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