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"Marley was dead, to begin with." With those six words, Charles Dickens invited us into the world of A Christmas Carol , indelibly introducing us to Ebenezer Scrooge, the three ghosts of Christmas, Tiny Tim, and a full cast of memorable characters. Though he spent mere weeks writing it, Dickens'...
"I tell all my students the best revision technique is time." — Hugh Martin, National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Read our interview with Hugh Martin here .
When architect Helen Slade was living near a high school in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood, she expressed frustration about the area’s graffiti and trash, which she and neighbor Rashmi Ramaswamy, also an architect, attributed to the local high school students. But in talking with a third...
"Even this late it happens:/ the coming of love, the coming of light." — Mark Strand, "The Coming of Light" "We drift off to childhood/ where we spent our gelt/ on baseball cards and matinees/ cream sodas and potato knishes." — Steven Schneider, "Chanukah Lights Tonight" "When even the moon/...
You may already know that the National Endowment for the Arts supports the 50 state arts agencies, but did you know the agency also supports the work of the arts agencies in U.S. jurisdictions, such as Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico, but also the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa? Like...
"We are defined by our stories. We present the story that we tell ourselves, or that we tell others, as our portrait." — Hugo Crosthwaite Read more about Hugo Crosthwaite and the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition here .
Chances are good that you’ve seen The Nutcracker —in fact, it might be the only ballet you’ve ever seen. But even if you haven’t, you’ve certainly heard of it and can probably even hum a few bars from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s famous score, which has been featured in movies, television shows, commercials...
Some recent news stories have captured the economic draw of the performing arts—going so far as to compare the sector favorably with sports. For instance, a November 19 headline in The Wall Street Journal proclaims: “ Concerts Are New Arenas’ Main Attraction, Rather Than Sports .” In the...
"We want to continue to make sure that we've got open eyes about [diversity...
Video of 2019 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge Sizzle On October 20-21 the 2019 NEA Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge winners, their mentors, and music directors were joined by New York City-based musicians and vocalists to give the winners’ songs the Broadway treatment. But you don't have...

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