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“Disabled people have only in recent years gained access to the arts, and even today that access is extremely limited in many cultural institutions. The arts are vital to a sense of cultural belonging, to social cohesion, to a sense of the possibilities in the world. But access to the arts is only...
"The responsibility of the artist is to make work that's real and that's reflective of something that's true. You have to be true to your own vision of the voice you're trying to find." — Andrew Okpeaha MacLean For #ThrowbackThursday check out our interview with filmmaker Andrew Okpeaha MacLean (...
Scientific illustrator Mary Parrish spent much of her career turning what she described as the “mangled, frozen, gray rocks” of fossils into the living, breathing flora and fauna they once were. A paleo artist who recently retired after 37 years with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural...
"I'm not going to knock on any closed doors. I'm going to make my own door." — Ava DuVernay
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...

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