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No doubt we have all turned to literature in times of distress. For many, this might be a religious text, while for others, it might be a favorite poem or even a treasured children’s book. We find solace in their words, and sustenance in their sentences. But can this experience be translated across...
First Lady Michelle Obama on why arts education is not a luxury.
Visual artist and activist Shan Goshorn breathes new life into ancient traditions to talk about contemporary issues in Native American culture.
In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Washington Pavilion's Action Arts and Science Program--a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award winner--is transforming the lives of the community's youth.
Filmmaker Raul Garcia talks about making Extraordinary Tales, an animated feature film based on the stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
It isn’t all that long since blackface was common and images of war-whooping, tomahawk-wielding Native Americans weren’t given second thought. But increasingly, this country is beginning to open up a genuine discussion about what cultural appropriation in the arts looks like, and how minority...
Explore some of the 50th anniversary stories submitted by veterans and artists who work with veterans.
When asked if her house was elaborately staged for Halloween, Mimi Lien laughed, claiming her house was “decidedly un-designed.” “This is definitely a syndrome of doing it too much for work,” she said. “It's not something that I do for myself for pleasure at this point.” We don’t blame her. A set...
President Barack Obama on the importance of artists and the American creative spirit.
Last summer, Steven Johnson (author of Everything Bad is Good for You and Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation ) wrote an article about the career prospects of musicians, filmmakers, and other artists in a post-Napster era. Appearing in The New York Times Magazine , the...

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