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Wilner Baptiste met Kevin Sylvester in high school orchestra, a place that initially, neither of them particularly wanted to be. Baptiste had wanted to play saxophone instead of viola, and Sylvester’s mother had thought the violin would help dissuade him from hanging out with the neighborhood’s...
As much as we love poetry around here, we know that poems, especially love poems, are not exactly one size fits all. With that in mind, whether you're looking for a poem for your current crush, or the one who got away, we have you covered. Click on the name of each poem to read the whole thing. (...
Here at the National Endowment for the Arts, we celebrate Black History Month because we know that you cannot tell the history of the arts in the United States of America without including the many long-lasting contributions of African Americans to the country’s cultural landscape. For example,...
With help from the Library of Congress , here are seven art-full things to know about U.S. President—and poet—Abraham Lincoln, who was born 211 years ago today. 1. Abraham Lincoln’s first exposure to poetry as a boy was through William Scott’s Lessons in Elocution , which became part of the...
"My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions." — Glenn Ligon
When 25-year-old Gordon Parks picked up his first camera around 1937, he had already survived a period of homelessness, tried his hand at composing music, and worked as a waiter on one of Northern Pacific Railway’s luxury trains. He was years away from being Life magazine’s first African-American...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts released comprehensive data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) . Since the early 1980s, this nationally representative survey, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, has allowed cultural policymakers, arts...
"I had something I was trying to say and sometimes the message is an easy transmission and sometimes it's a difficult one. But I love the power of saying it so I'm going to do it whether it's hard or easy." — Faith Ringgold
Cameron McKinney is one of six U.S. artists who—with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC)—will partner with a Japanese peer to conceive and present an arts project that reflects the themes of this year’s Olympic Games; unity,...
In the spring of 2017, Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) hired Carolyn Lewenberg as its first artist-in-residence. For the next 18 months, Lewenberg navigated the agency’s various departments—which range from public safety to clean energy to transportation—and melded her own...

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