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When I was six years old, I started playing piano because my mom wanted me to take piano lessons. I liked playing the piano, but I didn’t really like taking lessons. Maybe it was because I wanted to play after school, not practice piano. Things changed, however, in fourth grade when I was 10 and...
Like all good super heroes, Super Indian—also known as Hubert Logan—boasts an origin story: he ate commodity cheese tainted with “rezium” that gave him special powers. But to truly understand Super Indian’s origin, we must go back further, to the story of his creator, Arigon Starr. A member of the...
"The arts matter because they make us think outside of the way that we are used to thinking and they force us to question the world around us." — Steven Young Lee Although based in traditional techniques and color schemes, Steven Young Lee’s ceramics are anything but traditional. For example, in...
Two years ago Creative Forces Music Therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil met Master Sergeant Michael Schneider at Walter Reed Medical Center. Newly retired from military service, Schneider was still in treatment for injuries he had suffered during deployment, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD. In...
"[I]f we're all writing the same poem, what's the point?" -- Camille Rankine As newly minted NEA Literature Fellow Camille Rankine told us in a recent phone interview, "[Writing is...
Did you know that the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) has an artist residency program that can help you take your art practice to Japan? Today on the blog, we hear from poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs who was a Japan Fellow in 2016. Diggs, who used her fellowship to...
Coming in third place in our 2016 top blog countdown is our spotlight on Boise Art Museum.
In our fourth most popular post of 2016, U.S. Representative Alma Adams, who represents North Carolina's 12th District, talks about her life in the arts.
I don’t believe there’s any benefit in having regrets, but, you know, having my whole life carved into my body, it eliminates the luxury of denial. - Scott Campbell The deep-seated human desire to mark a loss, a transition, or to celebrate a random moment in time has driven people to tattoo artists...
For Tanaya Winder , writing poetry is about much more than language. It's about what that language can do. As she put it when describing her first recognition of that potency, she realized that "words had the power to hold people in the way they needed to be held." Winder--who is from the Southern...

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