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When the New Cornelia copper mine shut in 1985, the tiny town of Ajo, Arizona, became even tinier. Located 40 miles north of Mexico in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo's population registered a scant 2,919 people in the 1990 census, a drop of roughly 40 percent from a decade prior. Employment...
As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” But what if you don’t know the right people? What if your world feels so remote from potential gatekeepers or opportunities that some professional pathways seem completely out of reach, if they’ve even occurred to you at all? This...
Unladylike 2020 is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Charlotte Mangin. It's an innovative multimedia series about little known but extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century whose legacies we all benefit from today. Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,...
When Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, it was clear that he had a different approach than most record producers. Rather than bring musicians into a studio and finesse songs to sonic perfection, he traveled the country seeking out the very best regional musicians he could find, from...
When poet Hadara Bar-Nadav —whose most recent collection is The New Nudity —received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in 2017, she said, “The NEA fellowship is a recognition that the arts are absolutely vital. It reminded me that there is a way to ask difficult questions,...
One of the oft-repeated phrases from literature is E.M. Forster’s dictum: “Only connect.” In context, Forster is talking not only about human interconnection, but the connection of human beings to art. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis takes this instruction to heart. Through its Shakespeare in the...
“What we're trying to do at Kaya is to show what is possible,” said Sunyoung Lee, publisher and editor of Kaya Press , a longtime National Endowment for the Arts grantee. Through Kaya’s innovative offerings of diasporic Asian and Pacific Island (API) literature, which push the envelope in terms of...
When Seattle’s SEEDArts first developed the idea for two exhibits involving the healing arts and Asian-American communities, the organization had no idea that the exhibitions, which were supported by the Arts Endowment, would coincide with a pandemic. Now, with a nation sharing a collective sense...
Staying abreast of new works is one of my job responsibilities—and joys. In 2018, I had the privilege of hearing the premiere of Huang Ruo ’s opera, An American Soldier , at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which was an incredibly moving evening of opera based on the true story of the suicide of Danny...

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