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Here’s a question the NEA literature staff has been thinking about lately: what do you call a literary title that infuses text with art and is primarily geared toward grownups? A graphic novel? Picture book? Art book? Illustrated book? Or, as the poet Matthea Harvey suggested to me recently as we...
"Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within." — Lady Bird Johnson
As people gathered below the building and looked up, a dancer sprang out from one of the windows. Tethered by mountaineering ropes, she completed a graceful and joyous arc before landing feet first on the side of the building, using it as a stage to catapult herself again into space. Spectators’...
­The main driver of any musical is, naturally, the music. But in order for songs to soar, the spoken dialogue needs to be just as sharp, just as moving, and just as propulsive as any composition. It’s no small task, but one that playwright Itamar Moses can now say he’s mastered. In June, Moses won...
"I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about—or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level." — Reena Esmail Read our July 2018 interview with composer Reena Esmail here .
One of the few African-American women to find success as a director and producer in Hollywood, Ava DuVernay has an unparalleled vision and drive. With feature films like A Wrinkle in Time and Selma and the documentary 13th , the multi-hyphenate powerhouse tells compelling stories that explore the...
This is a story about Nancy —the podcast, not the person. That’s a line used to describe the newest show from WNYC Studios about all things LGBTQ hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low. From opposite ends of California, the two met for the first time about four years ago at the Transom Story Workshop on...
A growing body of research suggests that arts education can contribute to positive outcomes in childhood and youth development. We know, for instance, that training in classroom drama can strengthen verbal skills, while music training has been found to improve word decoding skills and may...
Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts bestows the nation’s highest honor in jazz—the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships—on individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form. Today, the NEA has announced the four newest recipients of this lifetime honor: Bob Dorough , vocalist,...
Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...

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