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Amanda Williams works at the intersection of visual arts and architecture as a way to help her city thrive.
When we asked Ahamefule J. Oluo — the Seattle-based musician and storyteller/comedian — why the arts matter, his initial response was, "What else is there?" For Oluo, who told us that he couldn't remember not wanting to be an artist, the arts are life. Take his masterwork, Now I'm Fine , for...
Toni Morrison on why she writes.
Wichita celebrates the community's vast cultures through the Big Read.
At one point or another, most little girls dream of becoming a princess when she grows up. But what if the princesses in books and movies don’t have hair like you do? What if the models you admire as a self-conscious adolescent don’t have the faces or bodies you see when you look in the mirror?...
Words of wisdom from iconic musician Duke Ellington.
Quote from NEA Chairman Jane Chu's welcoming remarks made at the Congressional Maker Caucus event.
We're celebrating Chinese New Year with this inspirational quote from Chinese poet Zhou Zan. Read more from our interview with her here .
NEA Lit Fellow and new Big Read author Tayari Jones shares the 3 books that changed her life.
As if program evaluation in the arts were not already difficult, a fresh layer of complexity arises from what I’ll call, without meaning to be cute, the “terms of art” associated with this enterprise. In designing or conducting an evaluation—as with strategic planning in general—one is bound to use...

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