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National Council on the Arts

Writer, director, and performer Diane Rodriguez has long been a part of the Latino artistic community, making her professional theater debut with El Teatro Campesino in the mid-1970s. In subsequent roles as co-director of the Latino Theater Initiative, board president of the Theatre Communications...
Did you know that writer Ralph Ellison served on the National Council on the Arts 1965-66? Learn more about the NEA's 50-year history from the NEA Timeline .
Visual artist Makoto Fujimura, a former member of the National Council on the Arts, talks about how his art practice is the foundation of everything he does.
Sony Pictures Chairman and new NEA National Council on the Arts member Tom Rothman talks about the importance of diversity and why he feels lucky to work in motion pictures.
New National Council on the Arts member Diane Rodriguez talks about her life as an award-winning theater artist.
National Council on the Arts member Emil Kang thinks we need to dream big.
"Inspiration is a powerful motivating influencer: an experience that offers possibility and breakthrough thinking. This is what I believe art can do in our society. It can provoke new thinking and perspective and can often invite us to experience the world with a new lens that taps into our...
"Art gives us the opportunity to remember that we’re living magic on a daily basis. When you talk to people, they deal with life as if it’s a mundane thing. Maybe it’s because we’re used to it. Maybe it’s because we’ve been taught through systems and schools...
Ranee Ramaswamy is the founder and co-artistic director of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance . (She shares artistic leadership with her daughter Aparna.) For more than two decades, the company, which has previously received grant support from the NEA, has presented South Indian classical dance...
Although it was an exhibit on medieval instruments that first introduced Olga Viso to the power of the arts, her career has since leaped a few centuries beyond this early interest. Since 2008, she has served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, one of the country’s...

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