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"This is how work gets done. People need to know each other. They need to connect. They need to have people that they can call and collaborate with." — Susie Surkamer, Executive Director, South Arts n the 1970s, Susie Surkamer had her first taste of how the arts can benefit communities when she...
"One of our core values is that we believe the freedom of cultural and creative expression is fundamental to humanity." — Todd Stein, President and CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance Middle America has too often existed as the middle child of American arts discourse, forgotten in broader discussions...
With schools shuttered and parents at home, there is plenty of opportunity to get creative with learning. This includes learning about art! Below are a few of our favorite books about artists, as well as accompanying art projects to draw out your child’s inner artist. Think of it as an interactive...
“Artists and arts and creativity are life-giving sources to communities, so they need to be supported and they need to be more visible.” — Cathy Edwards, Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts Having grown up with a father who worked in cultural affairs for the U.S. State...
This August we’ll celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the U.S.—a battle that was waged by women for roughly 80 years until the 19th Amendment was signed into law by Congress on August 26, 1920. It is this persistence that we celebrate each March, which is designated as Women’s History Month...
At a time when social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are the guidewords for our daily lives, it feels even more important to focus on the ways in which we can connect. In that spirit—and in the spirit of Women's History Month—we'd like to celebrate five extraordinary women who have been...
"I'm not goal-oriented as much as I'm constantly aware of what I'm passionate about and I'm constantly updating the list." — Greta Gerwig
As America confronts this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we want to assure you that one thing will not change: our support for the arts across this great nation. The National Endowment for the Arts is open for business. Our staff, while working remotely for the next several weeks,...
For 14 years, Pam Breaux served as a culture, recreation, and tourism leadership team member within Louisiana’s state government, including an appointment as the executive director of the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She was connected to the agency during what she described as the state arts...
Helen Sung’s life in music started with a red toy piano. As Sung recalled in a recent interview with National Endowment for the Arts Director of Music and Opera Ann Meier Baker, “Somehow, this little red plastic piano showed up. It had about 12 keys and they were multi-colored, and I carried it...

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