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We're dipping into our YouTube channel archives to bring you this 2011 video in which we talked to seven artists--DJ Spooky, Basil Twist, and Holly Bass, among them--about the first time they felt successful. What was your first success? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
There is a line in Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote that reads: “Maddest of all—to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” As a medical interpreter in Seattle, Washington, Rose Cano has seen her share of life as it is. At Harborview Medical Center, where she translates for Spanish-speaking...
Joy Harjo is one of seven NEA Literature Fellows reading at the 2016 National Book Festival at the NEA’s Poetry and Prose stage. Her poetry collection, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001, is also one of the new titles in the NEA Big Read library. From the NEA Arts special 50th...
Here's a collection of exclusive video interviews with some of your favorite NEA Big Read authors.
The NEA will release a report on September 19 called Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists . The report--developed with the Center for Cultural Innovation--looks broadly at the impact on artist careers of phenomenon such as the ever-increasing demands of technology,...
Here's a photo album to take a look back at National Book Festival in years past
Like many actors, Cassie Beck knew at a young age that she wanted to perform. Her journey began with competitive Irish step dancing. Then, she went on to act competitively throughout the South. Dr amatic acting, however, wasn't her primary passion; that spot was reserved for musical theater. One...
The NEA’s Research: Art Works grants program supports research that investigates the value and/or impact of the arts for individuals and communities. The application deadline for the 2017 grant round is October 11, 2016 . Last month, we released the 2017 application guidelines for the program...

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