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In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts launched Our Town, a grant program that invests in projects that bring together diverse community partners to integrate the arts and culture into community revitalization work—a practice known as creative placemaking . Since then, more than 500 projects...
When Ivan Jaigirdar, Shilpa Mankikar, and Camille Ramani launched 3rd i Films with monthly screenings in San Francisco in 2001, it quickly became apparent they had identified an untapped but incredibly intense appetite for South Asian film. By 2003, 3rd i started the annual San Francisco...
Kao Kalia Yang’s The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir is the first published memoir by a Hmong-American writer. Hmongs are an ethnic Asian group with a rich culture and roots in China and Laos. The Hmong’s history is little known in the West, although it’s been deeply entwined with the United...
"This has made me realize there's a poem for everyone." — Isabella Callery, 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Congratulations to Minnesota high school senior Isabella Callery (Anishinaabe), the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Callery, who attends Arcadia Charter School, earned top...
Nine student finalists representing high schools from Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Vermont will battle it out tonight to see who will claim the title of 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and a $20,000 award! Watch the competition tonight...
Inspired by a Chicago program of the same name, Matt Mason, executive director of the Nebraska Writers Collective , launched the Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival with the goal of giving young people first-hand experience with what he described as, "what poetry and creative...
"Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth." — June Jordan , 1981 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Celebrate #National Poetry Month with the 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals! Watch the regional semifinals on Tuesday, April 30 on arts.gov from 9am -...
You can find NEA Big Read author Stephanie Burt among the obscure fandoms of comic books, indie rock bands, women’s basketball, science fiction, and, above all, poetry. She’s written several books on how to read poetry, given a TED talk called “Why People Need Poetry” that’s been viewed over a...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe the arts have a unique ability to heal, and our investments reflect this belief. In the new issue of NEA Arts magazine, we look at projects that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported at the intersection of arts and healing. Stories...
According to Anne Teschner, executive director of the Community Adolescent Resources and Education Center (The Care Center) , the young women enrolled at the Care Center in Holyoke, Massachusetts, gain confidence in themselves through the Paper City Poetry Project's Readers and Writers Series—a...

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