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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 .
Multi-hyphenate theater artist Eugene Lee , who boasts credits as an actor, writer, and director, has earned the title of "Wilsonian Warrior" by appearing in all but two of the plays written by iconic American playwright August Wilson, including playing Wilson himself in the autiobiographical play...
For more than 100 years, the National Park Service (NPS) has been cultivating creativity at its parks, preserves, monuments, and historical sites through 50 artist-in-residence programs across the country. Founded in 1916, this program has welcomed thousands of artists—including writers,...
"[Poetry Out Loud] really does change your life. It really does have that power. For me, it changed my identity, made me see myself differently [and realize...
In honor of tonight's Poetry Out Loud National Finals and National Poetry Month, we've rounded up some #WednesdayWisdom from poets we've interviewed for the Art Works blog over the years. (Click on each poet's name to read their interview.) And don't forget to watch the live #POL18 National Finals...
Out of more than 310,000 Poetry Out Loud competitors nationwide this academic year, there could only be one National Champion. Georgia senior Samara Elán Huggins claimed that title at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals last week, with powerful recitations that earned her top marks from the judges...
When we think of the poet Walt Whitman, we usually associate him with New York or Washington, DC. But Alabama? Not so much. But for filmmaker Jennifer Crandall, formerly a video journalist for the Washington Post , Whitman was exactly who she found herself thinking of as she fell in love with the...
Just under a week from now, one of the songs below will earn its creator (or creators) top honors in the 2018 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for High School Students. The seven talented teens below have set to music everything from a crisis of faith to first love to the zombie apocalypse...
"We are never doing anyone any favors by withholding our gifts from the world. It's scary to be fierce, but you can't compromise that for fear of losing those around you." -- Idina Menzel Are you a musical theater fan? Join us April 23 at 6pm ET on arts.gov to watch the live webcast as 7 fierce...

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