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"I think the two things that make me happiest if I can sort of achieve them in a story is to make somebody laugh, or to make them feel kind of a sense of eeriness or maybe a chill. And in some ways I think the two sensations they run parallel with each other. In fact, sometimes I think that they’re...
Although Priti Gandhi performed as a full-time opera singer for almost 20 years, performing with companies such as the San Diego Opera, the Royal Opera House, and New York City Opera, there were certain roles for which she was not deemed an appropriate fit. “People looked at me and didn't have the...
"The concept of a literature of witness—of bearing witness—has embedded in it the need for action. One must not simply hide in the shadows and type; one must also stand in the light." — Luis Alberto Urrea Catch up on what's new with the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read here .
"I am often told that my work is at times too personal. But how could it be otherwise? One's life is formed from one's understanding of one's world, is shaped by one's response. To me an artist's life is dedicated to trying to comprehend and communicate with honesty and clarity the emotions...
By the time she was 20, Mariam Paré was already an accomplished artist. She had grown up painting and drawing, and was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in fine arts. But when gunfire suddenly erupted while she was driving to visit a friend in Virginia, a stray bullet passed through the car door,...
The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a “hidden gem,” said Valerie Martínez, the center’s director of History and Literature. Located on a beautiful 20-acre campus, the center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture,...
"So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon becom inevitable." — Christopher Reeve
On Friday, September 20, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 NEA National Heritage Fellows at a free concert, featuring music, demonstrations, and conversations with the honorees and other special guests. For #FlashbackFriday, here's a look back at the concert. Video of 2019...
It was a history-making moment: on June 9, 2019, Ali Stroker became the first wheelchair user to win a Tony Award for her performance in Oklahoma! , a revival that received support from the National Endowment from the Arts. But the stage at Radio City Music Hall, which hosted the Tonys, was not...
Throughout her career as a playwright, Migdalia Cruz has written over 60 plays, musicals, and operas, traveled the world, met the Dalai Lama, and earned prestigious awards such as the Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays Award, the Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, and two NEA...

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