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"I think that the reason why art stays alive is that the artist grows. I mean the body doesn't stay the same; the brain doesn't stay the same. Your art can't stay the same." -- Sonia Sanchez
"Hold fast to dreams/ For if dreams die/ Life is a broken-winged bird/ That cannot fly." — Langston Hughes "Cheap little rhymes/ A cheap little tune/ Are sometimes as dangerous/ As a sliver of the moon." — Langston Hughes "An artist must be free to choose what he does certainly, but he must also...
"I love language because when it succeeds, for me, it doesn't just tell me something. It enacts something. It creates something. And it goes both ways. Sometimes it's violent. Sometimes it hurts you. And sometimes it saves you." -- Claudia Rankine Did you know Claudia Rankine is one of our NEA Big...
"Art is two things: a search for a road and a search for freedom." -- Alice Neel What are you searching for when you create or experience art? Let us know on our Facebook page !
"You may have a frest start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." -- Mary Pickford Did you know that silent film star Mary Pickford was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences? She...
"What could America be, if the arts were not something that we placed in a category box that is only opened when someone wants to be entertained? Or that is available for some people to use, but unavailable to others? But instead, the arts were embraced as a fundamental and indispensable part of...
Read our March 2017 Art Talk with poet, musician, and record producer Shirlette Ammons here .
Click on the name of the poem to read the full text. What's your favorite winter poem? "snowfall makes no noise,/ falls as forgetting falls,/ flake after flake." — "The Snowfall is so Silent" by Miguel de Unamuna "The paint is pretty well worn off,/ But then I take the lead;/ A dandy sled's a...

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