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"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...
“One of the few places in which we can emotionally make contact with our fellow human beings, in which we can talk to the really significant, existential things that truly matter to us, is the arts. It is the thing that elevates us rom other kinds of beings, the ability to make that kind of...
"We live in what is, but we find a thousand ways not to face it. Great theater strengthens our faculty to face it." — Thornton Wilder What's on your summer reading list? Visit the NEA Big Read library if you're looking for suggestions—from Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town to Emily St. John...
"Our community has typically been thrown away by the world around them. To feel like they're legitimate through art, and through being seen as a whole person, is really important." - Kiera Pollock, senior services director for the Los Angeles LGBT Center With support from the National Endowment for...
"Access to arts funding should not depend on one's geography or one's proximity to private philanthropy." Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
"An artist's duty, as far as I'm concerned, is to reflect the times." — Nina Simone
"I think film is a vehicle to get us into relationships with each other in terms of understanding each other's communities. I think that's really important in this day and age of more and more isolation." — Ivan Jaigirdar Read our interview with 3rd I Films founder Ivan Jaigirdar here .
"I transitioned to writing after failing as a painter, and I do recommend failure. I think it's a very good experience for anyone to go through." — Julie Otsuka Learn more about author Julie Otsuka—author of the NEA Big Read title When the Emperor Was Divine —and the other writers who are part of...
"But literature, I discovered, can also save you. Truly. Over the cliché and through the truth, it can save." — Porochista Khakpour, NEA Creative Writing Fellow

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