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While art museums can be wonderful places for sparking our imaginations, they can also be, well, a little intimidating. For one thing, it’s sometimes hard to see them as places of fun when you think you’re going to spend most of the time telling your kids, “No, don’t touch that!” And then, of...
Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...
Why does poetry seem like the appropriate gesture for this moment when we stop to say thank you to the countless numbers of men and women who have served our country, sometimes at the cost of their very lives? Perhaps it's the way the form cuts away what's extraneous to say only what is urgent and...
American artists have chronicled war for centuries -- John Singleton Copley's The Death of Major Peirson (1784), Winslow Homer's Sounding Reveille (1865), and El Pozo (1898) by William Glackens, to name just a few. The advent of an official U.S. military art program, however, arrived in World War I...
Visit our Creative Forces page to read more from retired Marine master gunnery sergeant Christopher Stowe on learning the art of glassblowing as a form of therapeutic art.
As director of the Art League’s IMPArt program , which offers free visual arts classes to injured military personnel, Blair Meerfield has seen up close and in person how engaging with the arts can transform an individual. “You sit there and watch people come in without much to say, not interacting...
Want to visit ancient Greece, Australia, or the paleolithic era? Then Music City has a museum that's just right for you! From the history-focused Tennessee State Museum to the hands-on exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to an awe-inspiring look at ancient Greek architecture, this trio...
Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum boasts more than 28,000 Western and American Indian artworks and artifacts in its collection. The museum, which was founded in 1955, hosts several galleries dedicated to everything from Native American culture to...
Back in early June, the NEA partnered with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Institutes of Health on a two-day symposium called Sound Health: Music and the Mind . True to its title, the gathering brought together researchers and therapists, artists and musicians,...
Crazy for cars? Can't get enough of miniature engines? Is "explore outer space" on your bucket list? Here's a round-up of museums in the Golden State for enthusiasts of all stripes and all ages, whether bunny rabbits make your heart go hippity hop (sorry, couldn't resist!) or you and your family...

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