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By the time she was 20, Mariam Paré was already an accomplished artist. She had grown up painting and drawing, and was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. But when gunfire suddenly erupted while she was driving to visit a friend in Virginia, a stray bullet passed through the car door,...
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a “hidden gem,” said Valerie Martínez, the center’s director of History and Literature. Located on a beautiful 20-acre campus, the center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture,...
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon becom inevitable." — Christopher Reeve
On Friday, September 20, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows at a free concert, featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the honorees and other special guests. For #FlashbackFriday, here's a look back at the concert. Video of 2019...
It was a history-making moment: on June 9, 2019, Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award for her performance in Oklahoma! , a revival that received support from the National Endowment from the Arts. But the stage at Radio City Music Hall, which hosted the Tonys, was not...
Throughout her career as a playwright, Migdalia Cruz has written over 60 plays, musicals, and operas, traveled the world, met the Dalai Lama, and earned prestigious awards such as the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award, the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and two NEA...
"I believe art gives you the chance to do something that makes you connect to someone else. Through art we find out we're not alone." — Diego Luna
On the day we were scheduled to interview Michael Graves, the celebrated architect, designer, professor, and National Medal of Arts recipient passed away at the age of 80. But as is often said, an artist speaks through his work—and through his products and buildings, Graves’ legacy carries on...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 class of National Heritage Fellows with a free concert that included lively exhibits and conversations about folk and traditional arts in the United States. The National Heritage Fellowship is this country’s highest tribute to the...
De Gloria Estefan a Selena, de Rudolfo Anaya a Julia Alvarez, de Richard Serra a Luis Jiménez y muchos otros, el impacto en el arte y la cultura americanas de los artistas estadounidenses de ascendencia latina es incalculable. Es por esta razón que en 1968, tan solo tres años después de establecer...

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