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As a child, Sandra Cisneros read voraciously, taking in “the language of books and writing and magic and mystery.” It was only much later, while attending the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, that Cisneros realized that her own language of working-class Mexican Americans was nowhere to be found within...
Although the 19th amendment wasn’t officially certified until August 26, August 18 was the date in 1920 when Tennessee became the last state to ratify the amendment, paving the way for women’s suffrage to become the law of the land. But reaching this milestone took decades of advocacy, activism—and...
"The arts have the power to lift up lessons from our history books and put them in three dimensions, and inject them into the brains and memories of the next generation." — Diana Grisanti Megan Massie, Ebony Jordan, and A.J. Baldwin portray Alice Paul, Ida B. Wells, and Angelina Weld Grimké in a...
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...
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...
This past May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released four new stamps— Voices of the Harlem Renaissance —comprising images of Nella Larsen, Alaine Locke, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and Anne Spenser. The stamps were among the roughly 20 new editions the USPS releases each year, reflecting a...
Unladylike 2020 is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Charlotte Mangin. It's an innovative multimedia series about little known but extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century whose legacies we all benefit from today. Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,...
According to her twitter profile, Maria Popova is "an interestingness curator & semi-secret geek obsessed with design, storytelling & TED." The editor of Brain Pickings —a website that covers design, music, anthropology, ecology, politics, religion, and anything and everything in between—...
When poet Hadara Bar-Nadav —whose most recent collection is The New Nudity —received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in 2017, she said, “The NEA fellowship is a recognition that the arts are absolutely vital. It reminded me that there is a way to ask difficult questions,...
Young children are natural artists. They love to pretend, dance, sing, and create images on paper. Give a child paper and markers and that child is likely to become absorbed in the act of drawing. Drawing is a universal activity found in all cultures even when the child only has dirt and a stick to...

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