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“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in...
“Vulnerability and humility are what we look to art to provide, pulling us back to our human selves when we let our energies, our thoughts, and our to-do lists pull us in many directions…. To pull back to something very true and honest is a great value of the arts.” — Sarah Kaufman Read the...
"Creativity's not something that we can feel sorry for. It's something that we should invest in because it's going to return on that investment." -- Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf Read our story on the artist collective and immersion experience Meow Wolf in the new issue of NEA Arts magazine .
"Rather than is there somebody else in the way who's stopping me, [I ask]: Am I stopping myself?" -- Bebe Miller Here's dancer and choreographer Bebe Miller, in her own words, on the body, her legacy, and the most important question she asks herself: https://go.usa.gov/xPuuC...
"Advice is like snow--the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind." -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge What's the best art-full advice you've received in 2018? What's the best art-full advice you have for others as we head into 2019? Tell us over on the National...
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday, we offer you a moment (well, six moments, actually) of reflection on gratitude. Click on the poem's title to read the full text. "Give praise with the immense and peaceful sigh/ Of the wind in the pinewoods,/ At night give praise...
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"Art busts its butt. It's not all about inspiration and bursts of genius. There aren't little cobbler fairies who come in the middle of the night and write your stories/novels for you." — Siobhan Fallon Read our interview with Siobhan Fallon on war stories and the women who write them here .
Nearly 30 years ago Tim O'Brien published his novel The Things They Carried , about the experience of being a foot soldier in the Vietnam War. As described for the NEA Big Read library, The Things They Carried is "part memoir, part fiction and O'Brien—the original master of truthiness—wishes you...
"I've never seen my writing as a career; I've always seen it as a responsibility." — William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. (Assiniboine) Read our interview with playwright William S. Yellow Robe, Jr. here .

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