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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...
We asked you on Facebook which past or present woman artist—of any discipline—would you like to have dinner with and why?
"The arts are stimulated by our imaginations, and it's imagination that inspires us to innovate, to search for new solutions, and to dream of new ideas that will advance our communities and ourselves." --NEA Chairman Jane Chu, speaking at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in Honolulu
In our latest Big Read quiz, match wits with the (virtual) women of the Big Read. Who said it and in what novel?
Have you ever been in the audience of a performance of the Brahms Requiem and felt the stillness of the listeners around you? Have you ever attended a children's theater production and witnessed laughs-out-loud or applause in unexpected places? If you think about these moments through the eyes of a...
"I hope that people will look at [ Sweaterweather...
Read the complete interview with artist and illustrator Debra Cartwright here .
We've dipped into the archives to bring you this NEA Arts interview with the incomparable Nikki Giovanni.
Pin-worthy quotes from NEA Big Read author John Steinbeck on the art of writing.
U.S. Representative Alma Adams, who represents North Carolina's 12th District, talks about her life in the arts.

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