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"America is recognized throughout the world as a place where the size of your dreams is limited only by your imagination. Where creativity can inspire new and impossible things, and where self-expression thrives without restriction. This is what has allowed our cultural landscape to flourish, and...
Video of NEA Big Read: Meet Rudolpho Anaya Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by spending some time with Big Read author Rudolfo Anaya. Visit neabigread.org to learn more about the groundbreaking author and his novel Bless Me, Ultim a.
When enslaved women from the rural, isolated community of Boykin, Alabama—better known as Gee’s Bend—began quilting in the 19th century, it arose from a physical need for warmth rather than a quest to reinvent an art form. Yet by piecing together scraps of fabric and clothing, they were creating...
Smithsonian Folklife Festival Director Sabrina Lynn Motley gives us a beginner's guide to the circus arts.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Deputy Administrator Dava Newman talk about the importance of the arts in their lives.
12 factoids you may not know about the National Endowment for the Arts,
It's Friday, so all of us deserve a dose of awesome for getting through the week. Who better to deliver than Ray Bradbury? Here are ten of our favorite quotes from one of literature's finest. “‘Stuff your eyes with wonder,’ he said, ‘live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's...
NEA Staff share why the arts matter to them.
At the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, the traditional relationship between museum and patron is undergoing a major transformation. Instead of visiting, viewing, and quietly appreciating, participants in the museum’s Arte Juntos/Art Together program are encouraged to talk, touch,...
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on why the arts matter.

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