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One of the oft-repeated phrases from literature is E.M. Forster’s dictum: “Only connect.” In context, Forster is talking not only about human interconnection, but the connection of human beings to art. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis takes this instruction to heart. Through its Shakespeare in the...
As we reflect on the pain and anguish that our nation has felt over the last several days, weeks and even months, we are reminded that the arts are a powerful and important part of what unites us as Americans. The arts celebrate our differences through a collective, shared experience. For over...
"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." — August Wilson Pittsburgh-born playwright August Wilson received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama for The Piano Lesson and...
Like their urban counterparts, rural communities are distinct from one another, with their own assets, challenges, histories, and visions for a better future. As such, their community design—and design challenges—are equally diverse, with solutions taking shape in vast and varied ways. The National...
“What we're trying to do at Kaya is to show what is possible,” said Sunyoung Lee, publisher and editor of Kaya Press , a longtime National Endowment for the Arts grantee. Through Kaya’s innovative offerings of diasporic Asian and Pacific Island (API) literature, which push the envelope in terms of...
When Seattle’s SEEDArts first developed the idea for two exhibits involving the healing arts and Asian-American communities, the organization had no idea that the exhibitions, which were supported by the Arts Endowment, would coincide with a pandemic. Now, with a nation sharing a collective sense...
It hits me in waves: both the strangeness and the opportunity of this time physically distancing. It seems that I am not alone in this, either personally or as we all manage a new flow of work ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. As community engagement manager for the Creative ForcesⓇ: NEA...
For almost six years, my trio has held a residency at an underground Manhattan club, performing twice monthly for enthusiastic locals and curious travelers alike. When we played on an early-March Wednesday—running through McCoy Tyner ’s “Passion Dance” in memory of the fallen giant; Nine Inch Nails...
Staying abreast of new works is one of my job responsibilities—and joys. In 2018, I had the privilege of hearing the premiere of Huang Ruo ’s opera, An American Soldier , at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which was an incredibly moving evening of opera based on the true story of the suicide of Danny...
"I think it’s important to have a regional strata in the ecosystem of arts support and arts funding in the U.S. because each individual region is unique, just as every single state is unique." — Christian Gaines, Executive Director, Western States Arts Federation While working with film festivals...

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