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"Nothing is beneath poetic notice---that's why nothing is too big for it."---Heather McHugh Inventive, provocative, and playful are just a few of the adjectives you might apply to Heather McHugh's poetry. The recipient of two NEA Literature Fellowships (1974 and 1982), McHugh has...
"Failure is another word for experience."---George Lucas The story starts a long time ago in a galaxy far far away in 1950s Modesto, California, where a young boy grows up liking to draw and build things. A lot. Thanks to parental disapproval, he studies anthropology not art in college,...
Music is powerful and something that resonates in the soul. It doesn't resonate in the ears. It resonates in the body, and when people get it, they get it….” --- Herb Alpert You may know Herb Alpert as a Grammy award-winning trumpeter and founder of Tijuana Brass. You may also know...
”Watercolor is a lot like jazz---there’s a lot of improvising and things happen that are unexpected.” --- Barbara Ernst Prey Visual artist Barbara Ernst Prey has served on the NEA's National Council on the Arts since 2008. A distinguished watercolorist, Prey's work has...
"Traditional music is very important because you should always be connected to the roots of the instrument you play. That's the only way to fully understand your instrument and to respect the great players that came before you."---Jake Shimabukuro With fans including Eddie Vedder and...
I challenge anybody who doesn't see the importance of arts in our lives to throw away all their books, turn off their television, never watch another movie again, and never listen to another song. And see if they can survive without any of that stuff.---John Lloyd Young The New York Times called...
"Art only becomes something when people interact with it, experience it, and allow it to have meaning in their lives." --- Brad Mehldau Brad Mehldau burst onto the jazz scene in the early 1990s, drawing comparison to jazz great Bill Evans. With a penchant for offbeat covers (such as...
Aman Mojadidi has described himself as an “Afghan by blood and redneck by the grace of God." It's a great line---memorable and funny---and one that got us hooked on his TED talk . An American of Afghan descent, Mojadidi was born and raised in Florida and has lived in Afghanistan for...
At the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert, Chitresh Das , a master in the art of kathak (classical North Indian dance), was among those honored with the highest award the nation gives to folk and traditional artists. After performing solo, Das brought to the stage an artist with whom he...
Pamela L. Jennings. Photo courtesy of Ms. Jennings Pamela L. Jennings is equal parts artist, engineer, and researcher. Her CV is extensive, covering everything from teaching positions in the arts to research projects in human-centered computing. As Director of the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for...

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