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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...
"Fundamentally, artists and scientists are explorers of ideas and hypotheses beyond our current understanding." — Aaron Ellison What forms of creative expression and/or aspects of creativity are you hoping to explore in 2020? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page .
"The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong but we take leap after leap in the dark." — Agnes de Mille What creative leap are you taking in 2020? Let us know on our Twitter feed or on our Facebook page .
"Marley was dead, to begin with." With those six words, Charles Dickens invited us into the world of A Christmas Carol , indelibly introducing us to Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and a full cast of memorable characters. Though he spent mere weeks writing it, Dickens'...

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