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“Don't worry about what a poem means,” says poet Joy Harjo. “Do you ask what a song means before you listen? Just listen.” Harjo’s book of selected poems, How We Became Human , is one of the recent additions to the NEA Big Read library , along with two other books of poetry: Citizen by Claudia...
“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in...
If a story seems like it cannot be turned into a film, Richard Linklater is the one to attempt to do just that. A coming-of-age film shot over the course of 12 years? Try Boyhood . A Philip K. Dick sci-fi novel adapted to surreal animation? A Scanner Darkly . A plotless, 90-minute conversation...
Do you know what the most recorded Christmas song in history is? Or how the tradition of Christmas caroling began? Check out these festive facts below to become the designated conversation starter at all of your holiday revels. Did you know… the lyrics to Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”—part of the...
“Vulnerability and humility are what we look to art to provide, pulling us back to our human selves when we let our energies, our thoughts, and our to-do lists pull us in many directions…. To pull back to something very true and honest is a great value of the arts.” — Sarah Kaufman Read the...
Chances are good that you’ve seen The Nutcracker —in fact, it might be the only ballet you’ve ever seen. But even if you haven’t, you’ve certainly heard of it and can probably even hum a few bars from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous score, which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials...
"Creativity's not something that we can feel sorry for. It's something that we should invest in because it's going to return on that investment." -- Vince Kadlubek, Meow Wolf Read our story on the artist collective and immersion experience Meow Wolf in the new issue of NEA Arts magazine .
The National Endowment for the Arts is updating its logo to boldly reflect the importance of this independent federal agency whose funding and support gives all Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Selected from a...
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, DC, which has previously received National Endowment for the Arts grant support, has taken the plunge into fashion with an exhibit focused on Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the sibling designers behind the label Rodarte. Featuring work from...
"Rather than is there somebody else in the way who's stopping me, [I ask]: Am I stopping myself?" -- Bebe Miller Here's dancer and choreographer Bebe Miller, in her own words, on the body, her legacy, and the most important question she asks herself: https://go.usa.gov/xPuuC...

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