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According to many museum educators, one of the best ways to prepare a child for an art museum is through books. While you can choose to read a book about the general museum experience , you can also hone in on a specific exhibit you plan to see and find books with corresponding themes and subjects...
We don’t generally think of Iowa as a film capital, but at the turn of the 19th century it sure seemed that way. Frank Brinton, a traveling entertainer based in Washington, Iowa, discovered motion pictures when they were still in their infancy, ordering catalogs and subsequently projection...
"I guess my whole M.O. is to do films that I would like to watch about people that need a light shown on them." — Dava Whisenant When Late Show with David Letterman writer Steve Young stumbled on recordings of corporate musicals—musicals written roughly between the 1950s-1980s with the sole purpose...
The motto of Washington, DC’s Gallaudet University —“There is no other place like this in the world—is not mere hyperbole. Founded in the late 19th century, Gallaudet is the world’s only higher education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing. It has also become an architectural laboratory of...
"Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine." -- Rita Dove Did you know that former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is also a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? Listen to her in conversation...
We all have our favorite beach reads, but what about beach listens? As you head to the shore this summer, we’ve put together a few podcasts that will keep the mood light and the beach vibes right. As co-founder of the Big Apple Circus, Paul Binder is a true ringleader when it comes to entertainment...
A persistent shortcoming of research in the arts has been a scarcity of large, longitudinal studies that track representative groups of Americans as they engage not only with the arts, but with other life-changing events and behaviors. Even when such data are available, the studies often do not...
“Silhouettes to me tell all of these different stories about early America that otherwise we would never be able to tell here at the Portrait Gallery. It's just a complete wonderful, messy vision of an early America that I want people to understand. It's not just the presidents walking around and...
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." -- Émile Zola
When Roger Ideishi was helping a Philadelphia aquarium develop programming for children with cognitive and sensory disorders, he surveyed parents to see whether or not they thought their child would engage with programming by touching a starfish. “Every single parent said their child would not...

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