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The idea of a museum as a community anchor is not a new one. But what makes the Wing Luke Museum so extraordinary is its level of community engagement. As Executive Director Beth Takekawa explained, the museum draws its roots from the spirit of Wing Luke, a young Chinese-American leader, and his “...
Since 1963, St. Louis Classical Guitar Society —originally known as the George C. Krick Classical Guitar Guild (SLCG)—has brought the sound of music to its community with a range of programs including concerts and master classes. Seeking to use its expertise as an arts organization to help...
"An artist must be the kind of person that can change the world by way of transforming him or herself." -- Zhou Zan Like poetry? Check out our poetry-related blog features here .
When you think of French Post-impressionist Paul Cézanne, you most likely think of his masterful landscape and still life paintings, often cited as the bridge between Impressionism and Cubism. But equally influential, yet much less well-known, are Cezanne’s portraits, which in some ways were both...
Roger Shimomura is in many ways a study in contrasts. His paintings are visually bright and frequently humorous, even as they expose the dark underbelly of stereotypes and racism. They are unquestionably American, even as they warp idealized visions of American life. And their flat colors, borrowed...
"Whether in Atlanta, Georgia or Sparks, Nevada, NEA funding reaches thousands of communities, assisting local organizations and providing access to the arts to all. The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country." -- Jane Chu In pursuit of...
"Every time you write a poem it's apocalyptic. You're revealing who you really are to yourself." -- Li-Young Lee Did you know poet Li-Young Lee is a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? He received Creative Writing Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Out Loud...
When Janae Claxton transferred to a new school as a sophomore, she was excited to have the opportunity to engage in her twin passions—volleyball and theater. Conflicting schedules, however, meant that it was impossible to pursue both. Though Claxton was disappointed to let go of theater, she soon...
Not long after joining the National Endowment for the Arts in the summer of 2006, I was asked to help research the origins of the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis (how’s that for meta?) for an official history of the agency. Plowing through the archives, I unearthed a 1977 report titled...
Learn more about Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) in this online gallery from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's 2016 exhibit Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern .

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