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Some recent news stories have captured the economic draw of the performing arts—going so far as to compare the sector favorably with sports. For instance, a November 19 headline in The Wall Street Journal proclaims: “ Concerts Are New Arenas’ Main Attraction, Rather Than Sports .” In the...
"We want to continue to make sure that we've got open eyes about [diversity...
Video of 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Sizzle On October 20-21 the 2019 NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge winners, their mentors, and music directors were joined by New York City-based musicians and vocalists to give the winners’ songs the Broadway treatment. But you don't have...
“When I’m blazing a trail or when I’m opening a door, on the trail I leave bread crumbs for those people who are following in my wake. The doors that I opened, I leave them open for those individuals who are inspired by the work that I’ve done.” — Andre De Shields Who has left the door open for you...
You probably know that the United States Mint is the sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage in the country. But did you know that the Mint is also responsible for designing and well, minting, commemorative coins, Congressional Gold Medals, and gold and silver bullion coins as well as everyday...
Growing up on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star was immersed in Crow culture and art. Her father was a rock musician, her uncle was a painter, and her grandmother sewed traditional Apsáalooke regalia and beadwork. When reflecting on her childhood, Red Star said that...
"As people, we often deal with our emotions the way my oldest son used to clean his room: by shoving everything under the bed…. By engaging in the creative arts, it allows one to clean his or her emotional room a little at a time and, maybe more importantly, it allows it to happen without judgment...
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate was just eight years old when he announced to his parents that he wanted to be a concert pianist when he grew up. He made good on that declaration, but upped the ante by becoming a composer as well. Today, he fuses the many artistic traditions that saturated his...
If you were only to look at statistics, you’d get a grim picture of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux have an 88 percent unemployment rate. Nearly 60 percent of children on the reservation live in poverty, and suicide and drug use run high. But as Julie Garreau...
One of the things that tends to separate [traditional arts] from fine arts is that they’re usually learned through observat ion and imitation and close one-on-one work with a master artist,” said Josh Chrysler, a folklorist with the Wyoming Arts Council , discussing the state’s apprenticeship...

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