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At the National Endowment for the Arts, we strongly believe that the arts can be a powerful form of healing. Whether they're helping us recover emotionally from personal trauma, or physically as we regain strength, or whether they are helping communities heal from painful social divisions, the arts...
Young children are natural artists. They love to pretend, dance, sing, and create images on paper. Give a child paper and markers and that child is likely to become absorbed in the act of drawing. Drawing is a universal activity found in all cultures even when the child only has dirt and a stick to...
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...

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