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When conductor Eugene Rogers and I first met over lunch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, several years ago, it was clear that he was someone to watch, a musician who would make a real difference in the choral world and beyond. So it was no surprise when I discovered an incredibly powerful performance he led...
When beloved artists pass away they leave behind a legacy of change. Those of us moved by the artists’ work are changed. Those of us who grow wiser from their teachings, richer from their ideas, more empathetic because of their renderings, and more loving because they showed us beauty when we...
Just a few more weeks before our newest National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs will kick off around the nation. Until then, why not get excited by digging into a few of our recent podcasts with Big Read authors? Enjoy! Adrian Matejka “How do you embody someone with such a complex and...
"Artists are visual historians, so public art tells the community what's really happening now. It reflects and preserves the times." — Thomas Wyans aka Detour
This Sunday, July 26, marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . This significant anniversary is a time to celebrate, to reflect, and to set goals and expectations for the future. The passage of this legislation in 1990 prohibited discrimination against Americans...
When it comes to healing—physical, emotional, social, economic—the arts can be a valuable tool. For example, they can lower the levels of cortisol (the hormone that produces stress), provide people with an alternative form of expression for trauma or pain, give people an appreciation for and...
"Art is part of the commentary of this moment. It's very affirming when space is created to tell the truth about how you feel." — fayemi shakur
Founded in 1991, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop provides a literary home for writers of the Asian diaspora. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the range of Workshop programs include two fellowship programs, in-school arts education for New York City high school students, a...
"I want to figure out how to use the creativity of the arts to build community so that when people encounter things that are different, the first response is curiosity rather than fear." -Torrie Allen, president and CEO of Arts Midwest As the new president and CEO of Arts Midwest , Torrie Allen...
By the time wildfires had finished tearing through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding region in late 2016, 17,000 acres had burned, 2,000 buildings had been damaged or destroyed, nearly 200 people had been injured, and 14 people had died. Taken together, the fires were one of...

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