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Notable Quotable

"The arts aren't just transformative. They are a powerful antidote against bigotry & hate. The arts can build bridges, promote tolerance & heal social divisions." — Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
"I really feel that the creation of artwork is spirit-guided. We as artists are endowed with something from God that propels you to create the work that you do. It’s like a little miracle." — NEA National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi Quilter and quilting community advocate Carolyn Mazloomi...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we strongly believe that the arts can be a powerful form of healing. Whether they're helping us recover emotionally from personal trauma, or physically as we regain strength, or whether they are helping communities heal from painful social divisions, the arts...
"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." — August Wilson Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for The Piano Lesson and...
"Imagine what the greatest possibility is, then try and come up with a plan to achieve it." — Emil Kang, National Council on the Arts What's your art-full dream? And what's one small step you can take toward achieving it?
"Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you." — Maya Lin Find our milestone video on visual artist/designer and National Medal of Arts honoree Maya Lin—whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC— here .
"I’ve been entrusted to make the world a better place than what I found it—to make experiences and feelings of connectedness. To hopefully give individuals a sense of acceptance, a belief in themselves, and a belief in connectivity with other human beings. Collectively, we can achieve more together...
Are you short on time but want to celebrate both Jazz Appreciation Month AND National Poetry Month? We can help with that! Click on the name of the poem to read the enire text. "…Hawk melodicized my ear of infatuated tongues/ & Blakey drummed militant messages in/ soul of my applauding teeth...
"Do you realize that what we do is what the Constitution is all about? In jazz, each of us has individual voices, but we must listen attentively to one another as we play—and out of this whole, comes what we call jazz." — Max Roach , National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master This quote appears in...
"[P]oetry has always existed & always existed in a communal context. So I feel like, well, people must need it because people always did it & never stopped doing it & that part of what people get from that is the story of who I am and who we are." — Elizabeth Alexander...

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