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When author Kelly Link was a kid, she owned a pet boa constrictor named “Baby.” Celeste Ng had dreams of becoming an astronaut and Kao Kalia Yang loved reading Little House on the Prairie . Before they became writers, Ron Carlson was a fry cook, Emily St. John Mandel was a professional dancer, and...
Visual artist Jonathan Yeo gives his take on the art of painting portraits.
I don't typically call myself a community engaged designer although my practice, Urban Planning for the American City, seeks to resolve the conditions of urban injustice and set a broad and inclusive table for engagement and action. However, these same objectives are most commonly associated with...
An exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the state of Kansas and the NEA's support for photography.
In the latest issue of NEA Arts magazine, there appears an interview I did with Leon Wieseltier, the current Isaiah Berlin Senior Fellow of Culture and Policy at the Brookings Institution, and former literary editor of The New Republic . The title of that interview— On (Not) Measuring Arts and...
Are you an artist? We at the NEA like to think everyone has the potential to be creative, so we developed this little 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. Take our test! &...
Can't enough of Lin-Manuel Miranda? Listen to part one and part two of our podcast with him where he talks about life B.H. and A.H.* *"Before Hamilton " and "After Hamilton "
NEA Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Cliff Murphy shares his thoughts on the folk arts field.
Celebrate Fourth of July with klezmer music, Irish fiddling, and go-go tunes at the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival!
The Anderson Center opens its doors as the first and only Deaf artist residency in the United States.

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