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“What art does is it, even in small little ways, shatters that illusion of separation.” — Tom Ridgely, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Read our NEA Arts magazine interview with Tom Ridgely to learn how Shakespeare Festival St. Louis works to heal the wounds of social disconnection and alienation in...
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." — Thomas Merton. What has engaging with the arts helped you to discover about yourself? What has engaging with the arts helped you to leave behind? Let us know at @NEAarts on Twitter or on the National Endowment for the Arts...
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...
"Fundamentally, artists and scientists are explorers of ideas and hypotheses beyond our current understanding." — Aaron Ellison What forms of creative expression and/or aspects of creativity are you hoping to explore in 2020? Let us know on the National Endowment for the Arts Facebook page .
"The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong but we take leap after leap in the dark." — Agnes de Mille What creative leap are you taking in 2020? Let us know on our Twitter feed or on our Facebook page .
"Marley was dead, to begin with." With those six words, Charles Dickens invited us into the world of A Christmas Carol , indelibly introducing us to Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and a full cast of memorable characters. Though he spent mere weeks writing it, Dickens'...
"I tell all my students the best revision technique is time." — Hugh Martin, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Read our interview with Hugh Martin here .
When architect Helen Slade was living near a high school in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, she expressed frustration about the area’s graffiti and trash, which she and neighbor Rashmi Ramaswamy, also an architect, attributed to the local high school students. But in talking with a third...
"Even this late it happens:/ the coming of love, the coming of light." — Mark Strand, "The Coming of Light" "We drift off to childhood/ where we spent our gelt/ on baseball cards and matinees/ cream sodas and potato knishes." — Steven Schneider, "Chanukah Lights Tonight" "When even the moon/...
You may already know that the National Endowment for the Arts supports the 50 state arts agencies, but did you know the agency also supports the work of the arts agencies in U.S. jurisdictions, such as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, but also the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa? Like...

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