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"My job is not to produce answers. My job is to produce good questions." — Glenn Ligon
When 25-year-old Gordon Parks picked up his first camera around 1937, he had already survived a period of homelessness, tried his hand at composing music, and worked as a waiter on one of Northern Pacific Railway’s luxury trains. He was years away from being Life magazine’s first African-American...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts released comprehensive data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) . Since the early 1980s, this nationally representative survey, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, has allowed cultural policymakers, arts...
"I had something I was trying to say and sometimes the message is an easy transmission and sometimes it's a difficult one. But I love the power of saying it so I'm going to do it whether it's hard or easy." — Faith Ringgold
Cameron McKinney is one of six U.S. artists who—with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC)—will partner with a Japanese peer to conceive and present an arts project that reflects the themes of this year’s Olympic Games; unity,...
In the spring of 2017, Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) hired Carolyn Lewenberg as its first artist-in-residence. For the next 18 months, Lewenberg navigated the agency’s various departments—which range from public safety to clean energy to transportation—and melded her own...
Louisiana, like many parts of the country, has college football running deeply through its veins. But what if the same excitement and energy generated by football were directed toward the arts? “Successful athletes at the college level tend to be remembered by the college for decades, and those...
Although I work in the Office of Public Affairs at the Arts Endowment—writing press releases and pitching stories to the media—I am a certified musical theater nerd. I love the stories, the drama, the dancing, but most of all, I love the beautiful, belting voices of musical theater. So, managing...
"The arts are really one of the things that make this country strong. We always think it's our economy or our military power, but in fact, I think it's our culture, our civilization, our ideas, our creativity." — Caroline Kennedy Looking for more quotable inspo? Browse the Notable Quotable category...
The Appalachian Artisan Center is among the nonprofit organizations from across the country to receive grant support in the latest round of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts . With its latest Arts Endowment grant, the Appalachian Artisan Center will commemorate the centennial of...

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