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“It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope." -Ursula K. Le Guin Learn about Ursula K. Le Guin's iconic novel, A Wizard of Earthsea , one of the titles in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read library.
“What art does is it, even in small little ways, shatters that illusion of separation.” — Tom Ridgely, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Read our NEA Arts magazine interview with Tom Ridgely to learn how Shakespeare Festival St. Louis works to heal the wounds of social disconnection and alienation in...
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." — Thomas Merton. What has engaging with the arts helped you to discover about yourself? What has engaging with the arts helped you to leave behind? Let us know at @NEAarts on Twitter or on the National Endowment for the Arts...
"Fundamentally, artists and scientists are explorers of ideas and hypotheses beyond our current understanding." — Aaron Ellison What forms of creative expression and/or aspects of creativity are you hoping to explore in 2020? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page .
"The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong but we take leap after leap in the dark." — Agnes de Mille What creative leap are you taking in 2020? Let us know on our Twitter feed or on our Facebook page .
"I tell all my students the best revision technique is time." — Hugh Martin, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Read our interview with Hugh Martin here .
"Even this late it happens:/ the coming of love, the coming of light." — Mark Strand, "The Coming of Light" "We drift off to childhood/ where we spent our gelt/ on baseball cards and matinees/ cream sodas and potato knishes." — Steven Schneider, "Chanukah Lights Tonight" "When even the moon/...
"We are defined by our stories. We present the story that we tell ourselves, or that we tell others, as our portrait." — Hugo Crosthwaite Read more about Hugo Crosthwaite and the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition here .
"We want to continue to make sure that we've got open eyes about [diversity...
“When I’m blazing a trail or when I’m opening a door, on the trail I leave bread crumbs for those people who are following in my wake. The doors that I opened, I leave them open for those individuals who are inspired by the work that I’ve done.” — Andre De Shields Who has left the door open for you...

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