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Notable Quotable

"I would love my work to leave you feeling like you can be a better version of yourself because art is what your own possibilities are as a human being, it is about your own excitement, your own potential, and what you can become." -- Dennis Osadebe
"Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we're left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant." -- Sandra Oh
"An artist must be the kind of person that can change the world by way of transforming him or herself." -- Zhou Zan Like poetry? Check out our poetry-related blog features here .
"Whether in Atlanta, Georgia or Sparks, Nevada, NEA funding reaches thousands of communities, assisting local organizations and providing access to the arts to all. The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country." -- Jane Chu In pursuit of...
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...
Learn more about Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in this online gallery from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's 2016 exhibit Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern .
In honor of tonight's Poetry Out Loud National Finals and National Poetry Month, we've rounded up some #WednesdayWisdom from poets we've interviewed for the Art Works blog over the years. (Click on each poet's name to read their interview.) And don't forget to watch the live #POL18 National Finals...
"We are never doing anyone any favors by withholding our gifts from the world. It's scary to be fierce, but you can't compromise that for fear of losing those around you." -- Idina Menzel Are you a musical theater fan? Join us April 23 at 6pm ET on arts.gov to watch the live webcast as 7 fierce...
Last night at the Kennedy Center we celebrated the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters--Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny, and Dianne Reeves--with a stellar line-up of talent including both established and emerging jazz musicians. From Cecile McLorin Salvant and Helen Sung to Christian McBridge and NEA...
If you have a love for jazz and want to “be a part of the musical conversation”—like 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves—then April might just be your favorite month! In 2001 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in order to celebrate...

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