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When José Olivarez walked into the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival as a shy 15-year-old, he discovered an electric atmosphere filled with the rhythms of hip-hop music, young people rapping, people dancing, and the beats of someone’s drums. “I remember feeling, ‘Oh, my God. I've walked into...
“I think there is no greater sort of envelope to talk about issues than the arts.” – Janet Langsam Since 1965, local arts agency ArtsWestchester has ensured “the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts,” as its mission statement reads, to artists and arts lovers alike. Based in White...
On any given day, there are over 17,500 foster children living in Arizona, according to the nonprofit organization Arizonans for Children. This means 17,500 children struggling with familial separation, adjusting to a new living situation, and often, coping with the effects of abuse or neglect. To...
In 1978, Howard Shalwitz came to Washington with his acting buddy Roger Brady to co-found Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company , which they envisioned would advance the art form through innovation, provocation, and a healthy embrace of artistic risk. The company’s first home was a rented church hall, and...
If you walk by Chris Sogn’s science class during the Earth sciences unit at Avanti High School in Olympia, Washington, you’ll be greeted not only by wide-eyed, engaged students, but also by a hallway-turned-cavern, complete with stalagmites and stalactites. Venture down to Todd Thedell’s math class...
Earlier this year, Allison M. Charette’s translation of Beyond the Rice Fields by Naivo became the first Malagasy novel to ever be published in English—a distinction which Charette noted is shocking given the size of the country and how much of its literature is written in French. With support from...
Having grown up in what he calls “a musical household,” Robert Accordino first learned about the benefits of music participation for people with autism while an undergrad studying psychology and music. Before heading to medical school, he did graduate work at Oxford University where he first...
In preparation for the next issue of NEA Arts —our first-ever issue focusing on a single production by a single organization—we’ve asked everyone working on Signature Theatre’s production of The Gershwins®’ & Ken Ludwig’s Crazy for You® tons of questions: "How do you describe your job? What did...
Most food tables at gallery openings include some iteration of wine and cheese. But at County Missives: Expressive Works from Incarcerated Juveniles Adjudicated as Adults , installed last spring at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery at the University of North Florida (UNF), there was a table display...
“My job as a writer is to offer at least some small part of what saved me to others.” — Sandra Gail Lambert Though Sandra Gail Lambert didn't start writing seriously until her late 30s—publishing her first novel at 62—there are advantages to being a "late bloomer." As she herself put it, "Emotional...

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