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Of the top 700 films over the past seven years, a grand total of three were directed by African-American women. Twenty years ago, the statistics were even worse. At that time, author and filmmaker Carolyn Butts was having trouble finding a distributor for her short film Underground Voices . But her...
C. Brian Williams first discovered stepping as a fraternity brother at Howard University. This was in the 1980s, before stepping hit the big screen in School Daze, Drumline, or Stomp the Yard , and before it represented the nation at Bill Clinton’s 1992 inauguration or the 1996 Olympic opening...
NEA Literature Fellow Samrat Upadhyay gives us a glimpse at his version of the writing life.
Learn more about NEA's Creativity Connects pilot grant opportunity.
Learn how one of the fall 2016 Art Works grant will be supporting the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, a program fusing dance from around the world.
Meet NEA 2016 grantee Charter Oak Cultural Center.
As a grant-making agency, the NEA gets to make a lot of “happy calls.” These are when our staff gets to telephone applicants and let them know that their project has been approved for funding, and that they are officially an NEA grantee. Just as sweet a day is when we get to spread this same news...
It isn’t all that long since blackface was common and images of war-whooping, tomahawk-wielding Native Americans weren’t given second thought. But increasingly, this country is beginning to open up a genuine discussion about what cultural appropriation in the arts looks like, and how minority...
As Nicholas Viselli says, there are certain professional limitations that sometimes come along with disabilities: “If I'm in a wheelchair, I might not ever be able to work construction on a high-rise building. If I'm blind, I might not ever be able to be a brain surgeon.” But in the arts, whether...
Tony Garcia, executive artistic director of Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center , likes to tell the story of the drum house. According to Garcia, pre-Columbian peoples believed “that a community was not whole until it had a space for its drum,” he said. “They meant a place where the drum...

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