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When Roger Ideishi was helping a Philadelphia aquarium develop programming for children with cognitive and sensory disorders, he surveyed parents to see whether or not they thought their child would engage with programming by touching a starfish. “Every single parent said their child would not...
As a black, queer poet who did not pursue an MFA in writing, Alison Rollins describes her many achievements as “kind of a Cinderella story. I'm coming from an under-represented demographic. I'm coming from a family or household where this really was a far cry.” In the past few years, Rollins—who...
"You throw yourself into moments of fear, and on the other side of it—if you survive—are the rewards." — Kehinde Wiley Browse the blog for more quotable creative inspiration .
Maybe it’s the hot hazy days of summer that make my surroundings feel surreal sometimes, but I’ve been thinking about strange creatures lately. Evenings especially can be eerily quiet with so many of my fellow city dwellers out of town that I get to thinking: what else is out there in the dark? Did...
"It's important for young people to see themselves as powerful cultural agents in their own community.” — Dare Dukes For #FlashbackFriday, revisit our grant spotlight on the National Endowment for the Arts-supported Deep Center , which empowers young people in Savannah, Georgia through by helping...
Back in April, the National Endowment for the Arts co-hosted two research events devoted to the expansive theme of “the arts, creativity, cultural capital, and economic dynamism.” The events consisted of research talks at the Arts Endowment’s headquarters, and at the annual meeting of the...
“One of the few places in which we can emotionally make contact with our fellow human beings, in which we can talk to the really significant, existential things that truly matter to us, is the arts. It is the thing that elevates us rom other kinds of beings, the ability to make that kind of...
"We live in what is, but we find a thousand ways not to face it. Great theater strengthens our faculty to face it." — Thornton Wilder What's on your summer reading list? Visit the NEA Big Read library if you're looking for suggestions—from Thornton Wilder's classic play Our Town to Emily St. John...
"Our community has typically been thrown away by the world around them. To feel like they're legitimate through art, and through being seen as a whole person, is really important." - Kiera Pollock, senior services director for the Los Angeles LGBT Center With support from the National Endowment for...
At most every Independence Day parade across the U.S. you’re sure to hear the familiar sounds of “Yankee Doodle Boy.” But who exactly is George M. Cohan, the man behind the tune that's as much a harbinger of summer as barbecues and fireworks? During his lifetime, Cohan wore many hats—songwriter,...

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