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This past May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released four new stamps— Voices of the Harlem Renaissance —comprising images of Nella Larsen, Alaine Locke, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and Anne Spenser. The stamps were among the roughly 20 new editions the USPS releases each year, reflecting a...
“Today there are 7 or 8 billion people mashing together, and we don’t always play nice. Music is one way we can help to develop and nurture that sense of kinship, and maybe even a little kindness.” — Adam Machado When Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, it was clear that he had a...
With so many arts offerings going virtual every day, as organizations continually strive to reach new audiences in the era of-COVID-19, it may be easy to forget about the role that arts and cultural venues play as anchor institutions. Even pre-pandemic, research had suggested that community arts...
When the New Cornelia copper mine shut in 1985, the tiny town of Ajo, Arizona, became even tinier. Located 40 miles north of Mexico in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo's population registered a scant 2,919 people in the 1990 census, a drop of roughly 40 percent from a decade prior. Employment...
"The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." — Ruby Dee Ruby Dee was an award-winning actress, Civil Rights activist, poet, and playwright. In 1995 she received the National Medal of Arts (with her husband Ossie Davis). Listen to her inspiring words on the human spirit—recorded as part of...
“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That...
As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” But what if you don’t know the right people? What if your world feels so remote from potential gatekeepers or opportunities that some professional pathways seem completely out of reach, if they’ve even occurred to you at all? This...
Unladylike 2020 is the brainchild of documentary filmmaker Charlotte Mangin. It's an innovative multimedia series about little known but extraordinary women from the turn of the 20th century whose legacies we all benefit from today. Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,...
"The arts aren't just transformative. They are a powerful antidote against bigotry & hate. The arts can build bridges, promote tolerance & heal social divisions." — Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
“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...

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