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During the height of the suffrage movement, activist Susan B. Anthony frequently advocated for women’s rights from the stage of the Chautauqua Institution, one of the nation’s leading arts and intellectual centers. So to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted...
On a recent trip to Miami, Endowment Director of Literary Arts Amy Stolls found herself at the city’s police headquarters. Home to a 911 call center, offices for top brass, and an investigations department, Stolls was there “to talk about books,” as she told an officer who was directing visitors...
When architect Helen Slade was living near a high school in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, she expressed frustration about the area’s graffiti and trash, which she and neighbor Rashmi Ramaswamy, also an architect, attributed to the local high school students. But in talking with a third...
The start of a new year is always a time to reflect on growth and evolution, as well as a time to set intentions for how to move forward. If there’s one thing we collectively tend to feel during this process, it’s that change is hard. This is just as true professionally as it is personally, and...
“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope." -Ursula K. Le Guin Learn about Ursula K. Le Guin's iconic novel, A Wizard of Earthsea , one of the titles in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read library.
Bebe Miller started her eponymous dance company in 1985. Since then she has created more than 50 dance works for the company and expanded her choreographic vocabulary to include digital media, text, theater, and other narrative elements. With features at Jacob’s Pillow, the Walker Art Center, the...
Four years ago, the Canada Council for the Arts announced its first funding increase toward a doubling of the agency’s budget by 2021. Preparing for this cash infusion, the agency restructured its grant-making programs, moving from a “disciplinary-based” model to an “outcomes-oriented” one...
“What art does is it, even in small little ways, shatters that illusion of separation.” — Tom Ridgely, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Read our NEA Arts magazine interview with Tom Ridgely to learn how Shakespeare Festival St. Louis works to heal the wounds of social disconnection and alienation in...
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." — Thomas Merton. What has engaging with the arts helped you to discover about yourself? What has engaging with the arts helped you to leave behind? Let us know at @NEAarts on Twitter or on the National Endowment for the Arts...
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was just eight years old when he announced to his parents that he wanted to be a concert pianist when he grew up. He made good on that declaration, but upped the ante by becoming a composer as well. Today, he fuses the many artistic traditions that saturated his...

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