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Originally founded as a teacher's college, Adams State University (ASU) is located in Alamosa, Colorado, a rural area that is also the third-poorest county in Colorado. Despite a dearth of resources, Adams State boasts a thriving art department, including the ASU Rare A.I.R. visiting artist program...
What does evaporation look like? How might condensation move through space? Would it be with soft tippy-toes and wiggling fingers, or with broad sweeps of one’s arms and legs? Using movement to explore concepts like the water cycle, the Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program from Tanner Dance at the...
"The arts draw our communities together, they tell our stories, they question power, they elicit our emotions, they strive for justice and equity, and they inspire us to imagine new possibilities." — Aaron Jungels According to Aaron Jungels, co-artistic director of Everett: Company, Stage and...
If a story seems like it cannot be turned into a film, Richard Linklater is the one to attempt to do just that. A coming-of-age film shot over the course of 12 years? Try Boyhood . A Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel adapted to surreal animation? A Scanner Darkly . A plotless, 90-minute conversation...
"For me, in rehearsals, every time I showed up I wanted to make sure that I was being truthful to my own voice." – Ty Defoe There’s a reason why the word multidisciplinary exists. Ty Defoe is that reason. He sings, dances, writes music, writes musicals, acts, educates and tells stories. This past...
“Art is always visionary. Art always disturbs present realities, however satisfactory they may seem to the rest of the world.” —Visual artist Ben Shahn While it may be true that all art is visionary, some visions are more expansive than others—pushing the boundaries of what’s seemingly possible,...
My favorite menorah growing up was the smallest and shabbiest one we owned. But it was also the most special. It was made in Palestine and purchased by my great-great-grandfather in Austria, an object that he considered so precious that it became one of the few items he brought to the U.S. as he...
U.S. museums have only recently started to grapple with the idea that art by Native Americans is, in fact, American art. At Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, however, it’s not a question that’s up for debate. Crystal Bridges Curator Mindy N. Besaw—one of three co-curators of...
If you were only to look at statistics, you’d get a grim picture of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux have an 88 percent unemployment rate. Nearly 60 percent of children on the reservation live in poverty, and suicide and drug use run high. But as Julie Garreau...
Goldie Goldbloom—NEA Creative Writing Fellow and new NEA Big Read author—grew up in Western Australia. On her family farm in the country’s rural outback, her grandparents hosted Italian prisoners of war during World War II, which inspired Goldbloom to write her award-winning novel, The Paperbark...

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