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“Each year the Heritage Fellowships highlight the distinct living traditions of communities around our nation, as well as how our fellows instill a sense of pride, beauty, and cultural continuity through their art. The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to recognize these outstanding...
When Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, it was clear that he had a different approach than most record producers. Rather than bring musicians into a studio and finesse songs to sonic perfection, he traveled the country seeking out the very best regional musicians he could find, from...
According to her twitter profile, Maria Popova is "an interestingness curator & semi-secret geek obsessed with design, storytelling & TED." The editor of Brain Pickings —a website that covers design, music, anthropology, ecology, politics, religion, and anything and everything in between—...
When poet Hadara Bar-Nadav —whose most recent collection is The New Nudity —received a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in 2017, she said, “The NEA fellowship is a recognition that the arts are absolutely vital. It reminded me that there is a way to ask difficult questions,...
"We have become even more aware this year of the important ways the arts help us connect with others, and how they bring meaning, joy, and comfort to our lives. These 84 organizations leading NEA Big Reads will provide opportunities for deep discussion and ways to help us better understand one...
"I really feel that the creation of artwork is spirit-guided. We as artists are endowed with something from God that propels you to create the work that you do. It’s like a little miracle." — NEA National Heritage Fellow Carolyn Mazloomi Quilter and quilting community advocate Carolyn Mazloomi...
Since our last installment on this blog in early May, federal data have begun to chart the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on the arts sector, compared with many other segments of the U.S. economy. A prime exhibit is the “Business Pulse” survey , a weekly questionnaire sent to 100,000 random...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we strongly believe that the arts can be a powerful form of healing. Whether they're helping us recover emotionally from personal trauma, or physically as we regain strength, or whether they are helping communities heal from painful social divisions, the arts...
Young children are natural artists. They love to pretend, dance, sing, and create images on paper. Give a child paper and markers and that child is likely to become absorbed in the act of drawing. Drawing is a universal activity found in all cultures even when the child only has dirt and a stick to...

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