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I have hundreds of picture books in my home. Some of them belong to my two sons, who are now eight and 11, but most of them belong to me. Now that the schools are closed and we’re sheltering in place, I’ve been pulling them off the shelves and finding inspiration among their pages, often in the...
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...
With schools and daycares closed, many parents are looking for activities to engage in with their young children. As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab project awarded to the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in 2018, our Research Lab studies how parent-child musical activities...
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." — Mark Twain
"This is how work gets done. People need to know each other. They need to connect. They need to have people that they can call and collaborate with." — Susie Surkamer, Executive Director, South Arts n the 1970s, Susie Surkamer had her first taste of how the arts can benefit communities when she...
"One of our core values is that we believe the freedom of cultural and creative expression is fundamental to humanity." — Todd Stein, President and CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance Middle America has too often existed as the middle child of American arts discourse, forgotten in broader discussions...
With schools shuttered and parents at home, there is plenty of opportunity to get creative with learning. This includes learning about art! Below are a few of our favorite books about artists, as well as accompanying art projects to draw out your child’s inner artist. Think of it as an interactive...
“Artists and arts and creativity are life-giving sources to communities, so they need to be supported and they need to be more visible.” — Cathy Edwards, Executive Director, New England Foundation for the Arts Having grown up with a father who worked in cultural affairs for the U.S. State...
This August we’ll celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage in the U.S.—a battle that was waged by women for roughly 80 years until the 19th Amendment was signed into law by Congress on August 26, 1920. It is this persistence that we celebrate each March, which is designated as Women’s History Month...
At a time when social distancing, quarantine, and isolation are the guidewords for our daily lives, it feels even more important to focus on the ways in which we can connect. In that spirit—and in the spirit of Women's History Month—we'd like to celebrate five extraordinary women who have been...

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