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"Art is part of the commentary of this moment. It's very affirming when space is created to tell the truth about how you feel." — fayemi shakur
Founded in 1991, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop provides a literary home for writers of the Asian diaspora. With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the range of Workshop programs include two fellowship programs, in-school arts education for New York City high school students, a...
"I want to figure out how to use the creativity of the arts to build community so that when people encounter things that are different, the first response is curiosity rather than fear." -Torrie Allen, president and CEO of Arts Midwest As the new president and CEO of Arts Midwest , Torrie Allen...
By the time wildfires had finished tearing through Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the surrounding region in late 2016, 17,000 acres had burned, 2,000 buildings had been damaged or destroyed, nearly 200 people had been injured, and 14 people had died. Taken together, the fires were one of...
This past May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released four new stamps— Voices of the Harlem Renaissance —comprising images of Nella Larsen, Alaine Locke, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, and Anne Spenser. The stamps were among the roughly 20 new editions the USPS releases each year, reflecting a...
“Today there are 7 or 8 billion people mashing together, and we don’t always play nice. Music is one way we can help to develop and nurture that sense of kinship, and maybe even a little kindness.” — Adam Machado When Chris Strachwitz founded Arhoolie Records in 1960, it was clear that he had a...
With so many arts offerings going virtual every day, as organizations continually strive to reach new audiences in the era of-COVID-19, it may be easy to forget about the role that arts and cultural venues play as anchor institutions. Even pre-pandemic, research had suggested that community arts...
When the New Cornelia copper mine shut in 1985, the tiny town of Ajo, Arizona, became even tinier. Located 40 miles north of Mexico in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo's population registered a scant 2,919 people in the 1990 census, a drop of roughly 40 percent from a decade prior. Employment...
"The greatest gift is not being afraid to question." — Ruby Dee Ruby Dee was an award-winning actress, Civil Rights activist, poet, and playwright. In 1995 she received the National Medal of Arts (with her husband Ossie Davis). Listen to her inspiring words on the human spirit—recorded as part of...
“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That...

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