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"I would love my work to leave you feeling like you can be a better version of yourself because art is what your own possibilities are as a human being, it is about your own excitement, your own potential, and what you can become." -- Dennis Osadebe
Today we announced 79 NEA Big Read grants totaling more than $1 million to organizations to host projects between September 2018 and June 2019 in 34 states plus Puerto Rico. The grants will bring communities across the country together over the next year to read, celebrate, and connect over great...
According to the 2017 report The Ongoing Gender Gap in Art Museum Directorships from the Association of Art Museum Directors, women lead nearly 50 percent of art museums in North America. It’s a heartening statistic at first glance, but one that Susan Fisher Sterling says belies the progress still...
Did you know that we have awarded NEA National Heritage Fellowships to honor 45 different art forms from Asian, East Asian, South Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander traditions? Learn more about the NEA National Heritage Fellows and their work on arts.gov . And stay tuned for a special...
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) was founded more than 25 years ago with the vision of helping creative people on the Confederate Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Oregon, move forward with their work by providing an infrastructure via professional development and...
"Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely, and we're left with only the choice of what to do next. We can choose to be afraid of it, to stand there trembling not moving, assuming the worst that can happen or we step forward into the unknown and assume it will be brilliant." -- Sandra Oh
“Memorials need to address issues. [They] need to address honoring certain people, events, and they also need to tell you about a particular time period. Whether you like it or not, they should provoke a new way of thinking about a subject.” — Ed Hamilton Sculptor Ed Hamilton has been fascinated by...
As Jane Chu concludes her term as Chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, we asked her to reflect on what it's like to work at the agency and what she's learned about the arts landscape of the U.S. while making more than 400 site visits in communities throughout the country. Here's what she...
As the song goes, “The world’s not ending. It’s adapting. Don’t say goodbye. Try not to die. Aaaaahhh.” That song, called “Day Number One,” tracks the early days of a zombie apocalypse and won first place for its composer, Michigan high school junior David Volpini, at the final competition of the...
The idea of a museum as a community anchor is not a new one. But what makes the Wing Luke Museum so extraordinary is its level of community engagement. As Executive Director Beth Takekawa explained, the museum draws its roots from the spirit of Wing Luke, a young Chinese-American leader, and his “...

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