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Notable Quotable

"I love reading about things I've never experienced and learning to be a better person, a better listener, a better activist." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Hear more from Isabella Callery here , Don't forget to put "Get involved with Poetry Out Loud!" on your Back to...
"Scientists may have a goal, but they don't know how to get there. And artists also have an idea of where they want to arrive, but they don't know the way there. It's very important to fail in order to discover new things—failure is a big part of the creative process." — Stefanie Bürkle
"The poems and the poets that I'm most attracted to are the ones that, at the end, I feel as if I've learned something about them. And by learning something about them, I learn something about myself." — David Tomas Martinez , Poet, NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and NEA Big Read author Read our Art...
We don't mean to boast, but let's face it—one of the best parts of writing for the National Endowment for the Arts Art Works blog is that we get to talk to some really cool people. Talented people. Smart people. People who—whether they're musicians or designers or writers or actors or artists of...
"There’s a new Mozart, a new Miles Davis, a new Misty Copeland, a new Matisse potentially languishing in a math class somewhere. If we fail to introduce them to art, we fail humanity." — Renée Elise Goldsberry Revisit our interview with Tony Award-winning actress Renée Elise Goldsberry, who...
"Art is a survival strategy for any ostracized people." — Zackary Drucker Revisit out our Art Talk with filmmaker, photographer, and performance artist Zackary Drucker here .
"The responsibility of the artist is to make work that's real and that's reflective of something that's true. You have to be true to your own vision of the voice you're trying to find." — Andrew Okpeaha MacLean For #ThrowbackThursday check out our interview with filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (...
"I'm not going to knock on any closed doors. I'm going to make my own door." — Ava DuVernay
"You throw yourself into moments of fear, and on the other side of it—if you survive—are the rewards." — Kehinde Wiley Browse the blog for more quotable creative inspiration .
"It's important for young people to see themselves as powerful cultural agents in their own community.” — Dare Dukes For #FlashbackFriday, revisit our grant spotlight on the National Endowment for the Arts-supported Deep Center , which empowers young people in Savannah, Georgia through by helping...

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