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It hits me in waves: both the strangeness and the opportunity of this time physically distancing. It seems that I am not alone in this, either personally or as we all manage a new flow of work ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. As community engagement manager for the Creative ForcesⓇ: NEA...
For almost six years, my trio has held a residency at an underground Manhattan club, performing twice monthly for enthusiastic locals and curious travelers alike. When we played on an early-March Wednesday—running through McCoy Tyner ’s “Passion Dance” in memory of the fallen giant; Nine Inch Nails...
Staying abreast of new works is one of my job responsibilities—and joys. In 2018, I had the privilege of hearing the premiere of Huang Ruo ’s opera, An American Soldier , at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which was an incredibly moving evening of opera based on the true story of the suicide of Danny...
"I think it’s important to have a regional strata in the ecosystem of arts support and arts funding in the U.S. because each individual region is unique, just as every single state is unique." — Christian Gaines, Executive Director, Western States Arts Federation While working with film festivals...
In the throes of COVID-19’s devastating effects on artists and communities, many are looking ahead to make sure that art and artists are integral to the social, cultural, and economic recovery ahead. Mayors, public health agencies, parks departments, and municipal government alike will need...
"Imagine what the greatest possibility is, then try and come up with a plan to achieve it." — Emil Kang, National Council on the Arts What's your art-full dream? And what's one small step you can take toward achieving it?
As I check in with my National Endowment for the Arts colleagues for great books to read or music to listen to during social isolation, I can’t help but feel a bit left out. After all, while one can read a book in solitude (it’s one of my favorite things to do!) or listen to music in your personal...
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...
According to federal statistics, more than a third of all artists are self-employed. We also know that many key arts industries consist mainly of small businesses. For example, more than 85 percent of performing arts companies and virtually all design firms employ fewer than 20 workers. The COVID-...
"Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you." — Maya Lin Find our milestone video on visual artist/designer and National Medal of Arts honoree Maya Lin—whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC— here .

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