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Storyteller Grant Bulltail comes from one of the last of the traditional storytelling families of the Apsáalooke or Crow people. He is a member of the Úuwuutasshe (Greasy Mouth) clan, and a child of his father's clan, the Ashiíooshe (Sore Lip) clan. His Crow name is Bishéessawaache (The One Who...
“I think that the arts matter because they give human beings the outlet to express themselves freely and follow that compulsion or desire or need to express all their vulnerabilities and feelings and frustrations and struggles through whatever medium they choose.” — Marc Maron On his uber-popular...
We’re almost a month away from the application deadline for the 2020 Research Grants in the Arts program (formerly called Research: Art Works). As in previous years, the National Endowment for the Arts will award grants to support experimental and quasi-experimental studies that seek to identify...
"I love reading about things I've never experienced and learning to be a better person, a better listener, a better activist." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Hear more from Isabella Callery here , Don't forget to put "Get involved with Poetry Out Loud!" on your Back to...
When Ralph Peña became artistic director of National Endowment for the Arts grantee Ma-Yi Theater Company , several years after the company's founding in 1989, he was told it was just a temporary position. Twenty-four years and one title change later—he's now Ma-Yi's producing artistic director—...
Full disclosure: I am biased when it comes to the positive impact that can come from a child's involvement with dance. As a parent, I've watched my own daughter blossom, in great part, through her involvement in dance. I've watched her grow in confidence, becoming a young woman who isn't afraid to...
Home to Navy, Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard facilities, Virginia’s Hampton Roads area boasts one of the largest military communities in the nation. This was evident at The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, where Executive Director Michael Khandelwal estimates that at least a third of...
1995 National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson, noted luthier and musician, is rooted in the mountains of southwestern Virginia—as is the traditional and bluegrass music he holds so dear to his heart. Wayne learned both guitar-making and playing from the people in and around his community...
"Scientists may have a goal, but they don't know how to get there. And artists also have an idea of where they want to arrive, but they don't know the way there. It's very important to fail in order to discover new things—failure is a big part of the creative process." — Stefanie Bürkle
"The poems and the poets that I'm most attracted to are the ones that, at the end, I feel as if I've learned something about them. And by learning something about them, I learn something about myself." — David Tomas Martinez , Poet, NEA Creative Writing Fellow, and NEA Big Read author Read our Art...

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