Art Works Blog

Founded in 1984, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) was established to manage the city’s public art collection. In the last 35 years their mission has expanded considerably, growing to include grantmaking, arts programming, and the management of cultural facilities, among other...
"The arts draw our communities together, they tell our stories, they question power, they elicit our emotions, they strive for justice and equity, and they inspire us to imagine new possibilities." — Aaron Jungels With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence, Rhode Island-...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we look forward to June, when we can share our appreciation of African-American music with the rest of the world during African-American Music Appreciation Month. While the agency has championed jazz for decades, especially with its NEA Jazz Masters program,...
Based in northern New York, the Mohawk people of Akwesasne have a long and rich history—too long and too rich to be adequately showcased in a small museum located in the library basement, which is where many of the community’s cultural treasures are currently housed. “Very inadequate space for a...
"Access to arts funding should not depend on one's geography or one's proximity to private philanthropy." Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape. Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.” — Mary...
NEA Big Read author Nathaniel Philbrick hated Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick as a teenager because his father, an English professor specializing in maritime literature, talked at length about the book. Once he finally read it in high school, he was hooked by the first sentence, and to this day...
There was not one seismic incident that prompted Carlos Samaniego to resurrect Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles in 2014, an organization he briefly formed in 2000 while attending Cal State LA. Rather, it was the result of years of mockery and harassment he endured as an openly gay musician in the...
“It is inspiring to see both large and small communities across the nation come together around a book. We always look forward to the unique ways cities, towns, and organizations explore these stories and encourage community participation in a wide variety of events.” — Mary Anne Carter, Acting...
"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." — Nina Simone

Pages

Subscribe to Art Works