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When Martha Kennedy joined the Library of Congress as curator years ago, she was struck by the quality and variety of work by women illustrators and cartoonists in the library’s vast collections. But this richness in turn revealed a corresponding lack, specifically in terms of recognition and...
"Art is two things: a search for a road and a search for freedom." -- Alice Neel What are you searching for when you create or experience art? Let us know on our Facebook page !
Click the link to take a look at the 2018 NEA Guide for details on the programs and activities of the NEA, as well as funding deadlines and information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships.
"[I]f we're all writing the same poem, what's the point?" — Camille Rankine As 2017 NEA Literature Fellow Camille Rankine told us in a recent phone interview, "[Writing is...
In 1978, Howard Shalwitz came to Washington with his acting buddy Roger Brady to co-found Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company , which they envisioned would advance the art form through innovation, provocation, and a healthy embrace of artistic risk. The company’s first home was a rented church hall, and...
"You may have a frest start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." -- Mary Pickford Did you know that silent film star Mary Pickford was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences? She...
If you walk by Chris Sogn’s science class during the Earth sciences unit at Avanti High School in Olympia, Washington, you’ll be greeted not only by wide-eyed, engaged students, but also by a hallway-turned-cavern, complete with stalagmites and stalactites. Venture down to Todd Thedell’s math class...
We realize we're a bit early both for St. Patrick's Day and the Poetry Out Loud National Finals ( April 24-25 in Washington, DC ), but really, is there such a thing as not a good time for poetry, especially when it was one of your favorite blog posts of 2017? Video of "Flood",...
"What could America be, if the arts were not something that we placed in a category box that is only opened when someone wants to be entertained? Or that is available for some people to use, but unavailable to others? But instead, the arts were embraced as a fundamental and indispensable part of...
Read our March 2017 Art Talk with poet, musician, and record producer Shirlette Ammons here .

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