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“Silhouettes to me tell all of these different stories about early America that otherwise we would never be able to tell here at the Portrait Gallery. It's just a complete wonderful, messy vision of an early America that I want people to understand. It's not just the presidents walking around and...
­The main driver of any musical is, naturally, the music. But in order for songs to soar, the spoken dialogue needs to be just as sharp, just as moving, and just as propulsive as any composition. It’s no small task, but one that playwright Itamar Moses can now say he’s mastered. In June, Moses won...
This is a story about Nancy —the podcast, not the person. That’s a line used to describe the newest show from WNYC Studios about all things LGBTQ hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. From opposite ends of California, the two met for the first time about four years ago at the Transom Story Workshop on...
Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...
Denali Tiller is very clear about why she made her documentary Tre Maison Dasan , which follows the lives of three boys whose parents are (or were) incarcerated. As she told us when we interviewed her during the AFI Docs film festival, “I didn’t make this film to be a filmmaker. I made this film to...
"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...

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