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"As a transgender and queer person, I didn’t see anyone like me in dance. Ever. So how could I see my future there?

" -- Sean Dorsey When we think about Americans who lack abundant opportunities to see their stories on stage, we usually think about people of color or women. But LGBTQ Americans...
Born in Meriden, Connecticut, in 1934, Tomie dePaola is best known for his children’s books. He received his BFA from Pratt Insitute in New York, and his MFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland, California. DePaola has received many awards, including the Smithson Medal from the...
“I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about, or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level.”— Reena Esmail Composer Reena Esmail is not willing to settle for the status quo...
According to the 2017 report The Ongoing Gender Gap in Art Museum Directorships from the Association of Art Museum Directors, women lead nearly 50 percent of art museums in North America. It’s a heartening statistic at first glance, but one that Susan Fisher Sterling says belies the progress still...
“Memorials need to address issues. [They] need to address honoring certain people, events, and they also need to tell you about a particular time period. Whether you like it or not, they should provoke a new way of thinking about a subject.” — Ed Hamilton Sculptor Ed Hamilton has been fascinated by...
As Jane Chu concludes her term as Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, we asked her to reflect on what it's like to work at the agency and what she's learned about the arts landscape of the U.S. while making more than 400 site visits in communities throughout the country. Here's what she...
As the song goes, “The world’s not ending. It’s adapting. Don’t say goodbye. Try not to die. Aaaaahhh.” That song, called “Day Number One,” tracks the early days of a zombie apocalypse and won first place for its composer, Michigan high school junior David Volpini, at the final competition of the...
Roger Shimomura is in many ways a study in contrasts. His paintings are visually bright and frequently humorous, even as they expose the dark underbelly of stereotypes and racism. They are unquestionably American, even as they warp idealized visions of American life. And their flat colors, borrowed...
When Janae Claxton transferred to a new school as a sophomore, she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in her twin passions—volleyball and theater. Conflicting schedules, however, meant that it was impossible to pursue both. Though Claxton was disappointed to let go of theater, she soon...
Multi-hyphenate theater artist Eugene Lee , who boasts credits as an actor, writer, and director, has earned the title of "Wilsonian Warrior" by appearing in all but two of the plays written by iconic American playwright August Wilson, including playing Wilson himself in the autiobiographical play...

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