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As we approached the 34th anniversary of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships , our staff began to review and ponder the ways that we could deepen our recognition of these extraordinary artists. A question that kept coming up was—what kind of physical award might we produce that would truly...
Just one more day until literature-apalooza comes to Washington, DC--or as it's more commonly known, the Library of Congress National Book Festival. We're excited to be festival partners once again, hosting the NEA Poetry and Prose Stage with the writers listed below, many of them NEA Literature...
Hear NEA Big Read author Kao Kalia Yang talk about her memoir in our podcast.
In honor of F. Scott Fitzgerald's birthday on September 24, here are some inspirational quotes by the NEA Big Read author.
Today, the National Endowment for the Arts launches two milestone products: the report, Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists and the Bright Spots interactive digital graphic --both components of the NEA’s 50 th anniversary initiative Creativity Connects. The report’s...
We're dipping into our YouTube channel archives to bring you this 2011 video in which we talked to seven artists--DJ Spooky, Basil Twist, and Holly Bass, among them--about the first time they felt successful. What was your first success? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.
There is a line in Cervantes’s masterpiece Don Quixote that reads: “Maddest of all—to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” As a medical interpreter in Seattle, Washington, Rose Cano has seen her share of life as it is. At Harborview Medical Center, where she translates for Spanish-speaking...
Joy Harjo is one of seven NEA Literature Fellows reading at the 2016 National Book Festival at the NEA’s Poetry and Prose stage. Her poetry collection, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems 1975-2001, is also one of the new titles in the NEA Big Read library. From the NEA Arts special 50th...

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