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Helen Sung ’s life in music started with a red toy piano. As Sung recalled in a recent interview with NEA Director of Music and Opera Ann Meier Baker, “Somehow, this little red plastic piano showed up. It had about 12 keys and they were multi-colored, and I carried it around with me under my arm.”...
"Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented--which is what fear and anxiety do to a person--into something whole." -- Louise Bourgeois
In the big picture, arts and culture account for 4.2 percent of the U.S. economy in the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ latest statistics. Want to zoom in for a close-up? Now you can, using detailed data that are available for each state for the first time. Interested in publishing in Massachusetts?...
“I have learned that being an artist is one of the most vulnerable things you can do to your mind and body…” — Christine Sun Kim From works on paper that play with our understanding of standard music notation to participatory works that explore the idea of silence, through her art practice...
And the Oscar Goes To… On Sunday, March 4th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the event’s glamour and celebrity, the Academy Award season is an opportune time to consider something else about the film/video industry—its value...
Just in time for Women’s History Month, our forthcoming issue of NEA Arts focuses on women artists and arts leaders who inspire, galvanize, and encourage us. One of the women we interviewed was Susan Fisher Sterling, the director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. As a...
While working on her Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Howard University, Jessica Maria Hopkins received life-changing news. After a routine visit to the doctor’s office in 2011, she was diagnosed with cancer. Having to postpone her studies, with the support of her mother and her eight siblings,...
It would not be unfair to say composer Jeffrey Mumford has his head in the clouds. Since he was a child, Mumford has been fascinated with the patterns and variations of clouds and sunlight, which he transforms into compositions that are as textured, mesmerizing, and expansive as the natural world...
When José Olivarez walked into the Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival as a shy 15-year-old, he discovered an electric atmosphere filled with the rhythms of hip-hop music, young people rapping, people dancing, and the beats of someone’s drums. “I remember feeling, ‘Oh, my God. I've walked into...
"I think that the reason why art stays alive is that the artist grows. I mean the body doesn't stay the same; the brain doesn't stay the same. Your art can't stay the same." -- Sonia Sanchez

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