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Notable Quotable

"Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it." -- Aretha Franklin
"Just like moons and like suns, /With the certainty of tides,/ Just like hopes springing high,/ Still I’ll rise.” — Maya Angelou (from "Still I Rise" ) For Black History Month, revisit our interview with the filmmakers behind the Maya Angelou documentary , which takes its name from her poem, a...
"The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many...
"Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create." — Oprah Winfrey What new story are you art-fully creating this year? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page .
“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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