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As we celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, Jonno Roberts talks about why he likes performing Shakespearean roles, the most important acting advice he ever received, and what makes his life in the arts worthwhile.
R. Henry Reese likes to tell the story of Queequeg, Ishmael’s heavily tattooed, tomahawk-wielding bedmate in Moby Dick . Although Ishmael is initially terrified to discover he is sharing quarters at the Spouter Inn with what he determines to be a cannibal, Queequeg quickly reveals his gentle soul...
"We know that art has no boundaries. And the arts in America have been influenced by the arts of Cuba - from salsa dancing and Cuban jazz to mambo. These art forms have all become an important part of what it means to be American today." -NEA Chairman Jane Chu, currently on a cultural mission to...
Metro Arts Executive Director Jennifer Cole shares some ways in which arts organizations can get better at disaster preparedness.
Everyone is familiar with the concept of failure. However bitter it may feel, failure can be a necessary step towards success. In the arts, without taking chances, artists risk not tapping into creativity that can potentially lead to great outcomes. NEA has spoken with many individual artists and...
Check out these quotes that give us insight about the world according to NEA Big Read author Thornton Wilder.
In a cavernous Los Angeles convention center with the usual bright lights and carpeted aisles and blue-curtained booths there are crowds of mostly out-of-towners chatting and browsing, conducting business, listening to panels. Zoom in on the scene at the beginning of April (just before a convention...
If you drew a Venn diagram to illustrate the myriad overlapping connections between NEA Jazz Masters —who played with who when—there’d be at least one unexpected artist floating somewhere in the center: guitarist, Bill Frisell . He’s collaborated with so many NEA Jazz Masters it’s almost impossible...
We're chatting with Washington, DC poet and spoken word champion Elizabeth Acevedo who's also our emcee for the 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Finals May 3-4.
Known as the birthplace of the Delta blues, and adjacent to the jazz traditions of New Orleans, Mississippi is fertile ground for music history. And yet, Dr. David Miller, a professor of music at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, said younger generations have become disconnected with...

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