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Are you short on time but want to celebrate both Jazz Appreciation Month AND National Poetry Month? We can help with that! Click on the name of the poem to read the enire text. And don't forget to let us know what's your favorite jazz poem on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page ! "…...
"The National Endowment for the Arts stands out as an example of all that is good about what the government can do for the people of this country. It stands out as the example of government of the people, by the people, for the people, that is working for the people with a passion and commitment to...
Maine is known for many things: lobsters, stunning vistas, lots of snow, lots of moose, and as the birthplace of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Stephen King, to name just a few. Opera, however, isn’t one of them. But Portland Ovations is changing that. In 2014, with the assistance of the National...
Originally founded as a teacher's college, Adams State University (ASU) is located in Alamosa, Colorado, a rural area that is also the third-poorest county in Colorado. Despite a dearth of resources, Adams State boasts a thriving art department, including the ASU Rare A.I.R. visiting artist program...
Art Talk with Public Artist Carolyn Lewenberg In the spring of 2017, Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) hired Carolyn Lewenberg as its first artist-in-residence. For the next 18 months, Lewenberg navigated the agency’s various departments—which range from public safety to clean...
"Art broadens perspective, fosters appreciation for beauty, lifts us above ourselves, enables us to project beyond our circumstances, and gives us a common language to explore disparate ideas." — Rita Moreno, 2019 Nancy Hanks Lecture Did you know that in addition to being an EGOT (winner of an Emmy...
Lucille Clifton (1926-2010) was a prolific poet, author of children’s literature, and educator. Born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936, Clifton was raised with a deep appreciation for the African and African-American arts. She published her first volume of poems, Good Times, in 1969 to critical...
What does evaporation look like? How might condensation move through space? Would it be with soft tippy-toes and wiggling fingers, or with broad sweeps of one’s arms and legs? Using movement to explore concepts like the water cycle, the Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program from Tanner Dance at the...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that in the heart of every devoted writer lurks a devoted reader. And 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Angela Flournoy —who garnered an avalanche of praise for her debut novel, The Turner House —is no exception. Flournoy very kindly...
Despite a dearth of ways to engage in the arts in the small Michigan community in which she grew up, Heather Raffo knew from the time she was able to talk that she wanted to be an actress. Later, as a graduate student pursuing an acting degree, she realized that she couldn’t find plays that...

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