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With more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums to choose from, it can be hard to pick which ones to put on your must-visit list. We can't help you narrow down your choices--we heartily believe the more museums the merrier!--but we can help you and your family make the most out of your visit to whichever...
Today happens to be the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band , that epoch-defining LP. Putting one’s own age in perspective, the album’s opening line—“It was 20 years ago today”—no longer conjures an ancient past. For this listener at least, 20 years traverses...
The Poetry Out Loud National Finals are just a couple weeks away. But the recitation contest is far from the final forum participating students have to perform poetry. One opportunity is Poetry for Life , which joins the young poets participating in Poetry Out Loud with older adults at assisted...
In our fourth most popular post of 2015, NEA Accessibility Director Beth Bienvenu and NCCA's Gay Hanna talk about creative aging.
Melissa Menzer of our Office of Research and Analysis looks at our new report on the arts in early childhood.
A version of this article originally appeared in The Journal of the San Francisco Medical Society (March 2008) . In The Fabric of the Cosmos, Brian Greene’s introduction to theoretical physics for a lay audience, the author enthusiastically summarizes the essence of string theory—and its unique...
When we think of good design, we might think of pleasing aesthetics or functional utility. Rarely, however, do we associate design with civil rights. And yet for someone in a wheelchair, “the courthouse steps meant that you weren't equal in the halls of justice. The school steps—you couldn't really...
How will living to 100 years of age affect the way you look at life? Babies born today will most likely live that long or longer, as life expectancy has jumped from 45 in 1900 to 80 in 2007, with estimates that say our life span may reach 100 by the year 2100. As a result, the population of older...
I currently teach an undergraduate class on aging. Most of the students are not interested in aging per se, but take the course to fulfill a university requirement. Most, like many people in the larger community, have also not been asked to think deeply about aging or growing old. Recently, we read...
Researcher Jennifer Drake makes the case for drawing as an important tool for helping children emotionally cope.

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