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When we think of the poet Walt Whitman, we usually associate him with New York or Washington, DC. But Alabama? Not so much. But for filmmaker Jennifer Crandall, formerly a video journalist for the Washington Post , Whitman was exactly who she found herself thinking of as she fell in love with the...
It’s perhaps no great surprise that “The Great White Way” is, well, quite white. According to the Asian American Performers Coalition, 78 percent of all roles on major New York stages were filled by Caucasian actors over the past nine years. Out of 39 Broadway shows produced during the 2015-16...
Read our interview with 2013 NEA National Heritage Fellow Veronica Castillo here . Join us to celebrate the 2017 NEA National Heritage Fellows at the celebration concert this Friday, September 15! Watch live on arts.gov starting at 8pm ET. Hosted by Martha Gonzalez, the concert will feature many of...
Roz Chast has been making America laugh out loud since 1978 when she began drawing for The New Yorker . In her cartoons, illustrated books, and graphic memoirs (her latest, Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York, comes out October 3), she deftly chronicles the oddball nature of being alive in a...
Susan Jacobs has been curating music for film soundtracks since Spike Lee's 1986 feature debut, She's Gotta Have It . Since then, she's become one of the most prominent music supervisors in the business, perhaps best known for her celebrated work on the HBO miniseries, Big Little Lies . In short,...
Read our interview with Claire Beckett here .
There is modern dance and modern art, indie rock and experimental theater. Within the opera world however, tradition has maintained a firmer grip, and most of us still expect the grand themes, grand scale, and grand voices of the art form’s original 16th-century roots. But for musicians and...
Deb Sivigny claims that unlike many costume designers, she didn’t come to the art form through fashion—that in fact, she was a “very bad” dresser in college. You’d never know it from looking at her work. Whether inspired by British punk, anime, arctic landscapes, or Elizabethan England, Sivigny’s...
“I feel like I'm always looking for my Celie stories: the stories that I'm uniquely built—through my experience as a person alive and my experience in the craft—to tell.” —Nikkole Salter
A first encounter with the arts is not something a person is likely to forget. The initial experience is never quite enough, and it can often lead to a lifelong love and appreciation for the arts. Below are various personal accounts of first encounters that were provided by artists we’ve...

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