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Are you an artist? We at the NEA like to think everyone has the potential to be creative, so we developed this quiz to see where your areas of creative interests are, and let you see what some of the artists working in those fields have to say about their art form. Click on one of the three images...
Learn more about NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath here . And stay tuned for a special announcement about the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert later this week!
Have you ever fallen in love with a book, not only because of its compelling storyline or because you’ve become deeply invested in the fate of the characters, but also because it’s just so well crafted? When I finished reading the NEA Big Read selection, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, I...
Winter was made for curling up with a good read. While we’re busy updating our Writer’s Corner with excerpts from our latest round of NEA Literature Fellows, we wanted to make sure your appetite for reading remains sated. Below are quotes from and links to interviews we’ve conducted with NEA...
From our archives, we bring to you words of wisdom for emerging artists, given by fellow artists we’ve interviewed in the past!
Read more from our Art Talk with 2017 NEA Literature Fellow Camille Rankine here .
When I was six years old, I started playing piano because my mom wanted me to take piano lessons. I liked playing the piano, but I didn’t really like taking lessons. Maybe it was because I wanted to play after school, not practice piano. Things changed, however, in fourth grade when I was 10 and...
Take this quiz that reveals fun facts about our NEA Big Read authors!
Several years ago, we began working with the Bureau of Economic Analysis to capture the economic value of arts and cultural industries in the U.S. In doing so, we foresaw that the long-term benefit of the enterprise would be diagnostic. Like others, we and our colleagues were startled by the share...
Did you know that writer Ralph Ellison served on the National Council on the Arts 1965-66? Learn more about the NEA's 50-year history from the NEA Timeline .

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