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"For me, in rehearsals, every time I showed up I wanted to make sure that I was being truthful to my own voice." – Ty Defoe There’s a reason why the word multidisciplinary exists. Ty Defoe is that reason. He sings, dances, writes music, writes musicals, acts, educates and tells stories. This past...
If you were only to look at statistics, you’d get a grim picture of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux have an 88 percent unemployment rate. Nearly 60 percent of children on the reservation live in poverty, and suicide and drug use run high. But as Julie Garreau...
“What… is an old black doctor doing wheatpasting images of Navajo people along the roadside on the reservation?” According to a blog post Dr. Chip Thomas wrote last year, that’s the question he is asked most frequently. To be fair, it’s a valid question. The answer, in many ways, revolves around...
Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk/Pechanga) first began seriously making films when he was living in Portland, Oregon, and learning Chinuk Wawa, a language native to the Columbia River Basin. So perhaps it is inevitable that he sees similarities between language and film—the structural requirements inherent to...
"I don’t consider myself a basket maker. I don’t consider myself a photographer. I don’t consider myself a jeweler. I don’t consider myself someone who works in glass. I consider myself an artist that chooses the best medium to express a statement." — Shan Goshorn While Shan Goshorn—a newly minted...
Goldie Goldbloom—NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author—grew up in Western Australia. On her family farm in the country’s rural outback, her grandparents hosted Italian prisoners of war during World War II, which inspired Goldbloom to write her award-winning novel, The Paperbark...
"Art busts its butt. It's not all about inspiration and bursts of genius. There aren't little cobbler fairies who come in the middle of the night and write your stories/novels for you." — Siobhan Fallon Read our interview with Siobhan Fallon on war stories and the women who write them here .
"I've never seen my writing as a career; I've always seen it as a responsibility." — William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine) Read our interview with playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. here .
There's arguably no better person to highlight on Election Day than Fannie Lou Hamer. Born a sharecropper in rural Mississippi a month ago today in 1917, Hamer started picking cotton at age six. But she was not going to settle for a life of second-class citizenship. Drawing from her bottomless well...
Regan Linton grew up as a performer and an athlete. But after a car accident left her in a wheelchair during her junior year of college, she assumed the door had permanently closed to a life in the arts. But then she discovered Phamaly Theatre Company , a frequent NEA grantee. Based in Denver,...

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