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"As people, we often deal with our emotions the way my oldest son used to clean his room: by shoving everything under the bed…. By engaging in the creative arts, it allows one to clean his or her emotional room a little at a time and, maybe more importantly, it allows it to happen without judgment...
"I live by two words: tenacity and gratitude." — Henry Winkler What two words best describe your creative practice? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page .
"For me, finding your voice is about how you learn to address your own truth. And the more you know about yourself, the more you're able to write truthfully." — Migdalia Cruz Read our recent interview with playwright Migdalia Cruz here .
"The concept of a literature of witness—of bearing witness—has embedded in it the need for action. One must not simply hide in the shadows and type; one must also stand in the light." — Luis Alberto Urrea Catch up on what's new with the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read here .
"I am often told that my work is at times too personal. But how could it be otherwise? One's life is formed from one's understanding of one's world, is shaped by one's response. To me an artist's life is dedicated to trying to comprehend and communicate with honesty and clarity the emotions...
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon becom inevitable." — Christopher Reeve
"I believe art gives you the chance to do something that makes you connect to someone else. Through art we find out we're not alone." — Diego Luna
"I think a writer is like an exile in some ways, because we look at things from the outside, from boundaries. It allows us to have certain kinds of perspectives, and not just to report on something the way that a journalist does." — Nilo Cruz Read our Art Talk with playwright Nilo Cruz here .
"Writing allows us to transform what has happened to us and to fight back against what's hurting us. While not everyone is an author, everyone is a writer and I think that the process of writing is deeply spiritual and liberatory." — Sandra Cisneros Did you know that Sandra Cisneros was a National...
"Language can also be play and music and beauty and desire and grief and rage and truth without always having to be message-driven or purely functional. Moving away from 'useful' doesn't mean it isn't necessary. You can still need poetry while also needing money or food or physical health." — Ada...

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