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Few words in the English language induce as much eye-glazing as “system.” Aggressively neutral, the noun still manages to acquire negative overtones in daily usage. (“I couldn’t help it. Blame the system .”) Only for grantmaking organizations, one suspects, is the word shiny and venerated...
“The arts have a unique ability to serve as a rallying cry for change, with the profound power to disseminate complex messages across large audiences in a common, easy-to-understand manner that inspires people in a way few other things can.” — Mary Anne Carter, Chairman, National Endowment for the...
"In our work as artists, we must continue to interrogate: are humans of all different forms meaningfully included in our spaces, our companies, our communities?" — Regan Linton, Phamaly Theatre Company Hear more from Regan Linton and other artists in our recent feature celebrating the 30th...
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts and Education Commission of the States released a groundbreaking suite of resources as part of the State Data infrastructure Project for Arts Education —an initiative to help stakeholders in the arts extract, analyze and report on data about arts education...
Life is full of big questions--What does it mean to love? How do we develop a sense of self worth? What happens when we die?-- and even bigger emotions. And the older we get, the more we start to understand just how much we don't actually know. Perhaps our first inkling of this aspect of the human...
When conductor Eugene Rogers and I first met over lunch in Ann Arbor, Michigan, several years ago, it was clear that he was someone to watch, a musician who would make a real difference in the choral world and beyond. So it was no surprise when I discovered an incredibly powerful performance he led...
When beloved artists pass away they leave behind a legacy of change. Those of us moved by the artists’ work are changed. Those of us who grow wiser from their teachings, richer from their ideas, more empathetic because of their renderings, and more loving because they showed us beauty when we...
Just a few more weeks before our newest National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programs will kick off around the nation. Until then, why not get excited by digging into a few of our recent podcasts with Big Read authors? Enjoy! Adrian Matejka “How do you embody someone with such a complex and...
"Artists are visual historians, so public art tells the community what's really happening now. It reflects and preserves the times." — Thomas Wyans aka Detour
This Sunday, July 26, marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) . This significant anniversary is a time to celebrate, to reflect, and to set goals and expectations for the future. The passage of this legislation in 1990 prohibited discrimination against Americans...

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