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"If you are a dancer, dance the steps your grandparents danced. If you play an instrument or make music with your voice, sing and play the tunes your mother and father taught you. If you have a craft, sew, weave, or smith the patterns of countless generations that have gone on before." -- Anthony...
"The arts matter because they teach us how to be more fully human. I think that's incredibly important, especially in today's world as we seek to engage and connect with people who on the surface, superficially, seem unlike us." -- David Shook Read our interview with poet and 2016 NEA Translation...
"Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine." -- Rita Dove Did you know that former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is also a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? Listen to her in conversation...
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." -- Émile Zola
"Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within." — Lady Bird Johnson
"I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about—or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level." — Reena Esmail Read our July 2018 interview with composer Reena Esmail here .
One of the few African-American women to find success as a director and producer in Hollywood, Ava DuVernay has an unparalleled vision and drive. With feature films like A Wrinkle in Time and Selma and the documentary 13th , the multi-hyphenate powerhouse tells compelling stories that explore the...
"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." —Amy Poehler
As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the USA, what better way to celebrate, investigate, and illuminate our country's complexity than with poetry. From love poems to laments, in lines short and long, in metaphor and plainspeak, these poets sing of the America they know, the America they...

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