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"Sometimes I think creativity is magic; it's not a matter of finding an idea, but allowing the idea to find you." — Maya Lin Find our milestone video on visual artist/designer and National Medal of Arts honoree Maya Lin—whose work includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC— here .
During this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic when people need the arts more than ever, arts and cultural organizations have quickly responded by making their programming and content available to audiences around the world via online platforms. There is another important consideration,...
"I’ve been entrusted to make the world a better place than what I found it—to make experiences and feelings of connectedness. To hopefully give individuals a sense of acceptance, a belief in themselves, and a belief in connectivity with other human beings. Collectively, we can achieve more together...
Although the POL National Finals were cancelled due to COVID-19, we're happy to announce we're working with our POL partner, the Poetry Foundation, to recognize and celebrate the 2020 state POL champions. Over the coming weeks we will honor both the students who won their state Poetry Out Loud...
Are you short on time but want to celebrate both Jazz Appreciation Month AND National Poetry Month? We can help with that! Click on the name of the poem to read the enire text. "…Hawk melodicized my ear of infatuated tongues/ & Blakey drummed militant messages in/ soul of my applauding teeth...
"Do you realize that what we do is what the Constitution is all about? In jazz, each of us has individual voices, but we must listen attentively to one another as we play—and out of this whole, comes what we call jazz." — Max Roach , National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master This quote appears in...
Being under stay-at-home directives in the Washington, DC region (and elsewhere) has led to many of us revisiting the art we have at home. Music, in particular, is a great balm in this time of great unease and anxiety, so I often turn to the thousands of recordings lying about my house. It being,...
I first met Matthew Whitaker on his 16th birthday, when he performed in front of a large audience at the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He appeared that evening in honor of Dr. Lonnie Smith, who was being inducted into that class of NEA...
The dramatic impact of American Indian and Alaska Native (Indian) art market postponements and cancellations, temporary closures of brick and mortar Indian art galleries and businesses, and the current halt in tourism to Indian Country resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is severely undercutting...
In many ways, NEA Creative Writing Fellow Kiki Petrosino ’s latest book, White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia , is deeply personal, exploring the genealogy and legacy of her African-American ancestors in Virginia. At the same time, she grapples with the messy history of slavery and discrimination in...

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