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In education today, there is much debate about how to close the achievement gap. Yet, for a number of schools with which The Center for Arts Education (CAE) partners, nine of which participate in CAE’s U.S. Department of Education Arts Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD)...
Nikky Finney. Photo courtesy of Ms. Finney "The role of the artist in the community is to not see herself as something special---set off to the side---but rather someone integral, like the carpenter, the electrician, the school teacher, the nurse...." ---Nikky Finney In a 2011 interview...
The name of the production I saw at Idaho Shakespeare Festival might be Noises Off , but the laughter was definitely on! Photo by DKM Photography Last week I headed west to see how art works in Boise, Idaho. It was a great trip! I mean, when you get to spend the day with Esther Simplot, who’s...
In this week's podcast, we meet Albert B. Head. Search as you might, it would be hard to find a more eloquent and thoughtful advocate for folk and traditional arts than Al Head . For 40 years, Head has been pivotal in ensuring that folk art would be recognized and honored by state and national...
Gallery exhibits---like this one of work by artist Aaron Henderson---are just one of the many programs that take place at Chattanooga's Bessie Smith Cultural Center. Photo courtesy of BSCC "We... never know if the next Carmen De Lavallade, Jacob Lawrence, or Wynton Marsalis is in our midst...
Signs responding to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City, September 11, 2001. Photo by David Finn, from Library of Congress collection "Poetry is really there to say what can't be said." --- W. S. Merwin In a 2011 L.A Times interview , former U.S. Poet...
Dan Bellm. Photo by Annie Silverstein "We owe it to each other to read world literature, to cross borders, to enter other lives and times in the way that only great writing can." --- Dan Bellm Professor, editor, translator, and poet---2013 NEA Literature Translation Fellow Dan Bellm has...
Brushes by flickr user Mae Chevrette Part of the reason I was excited to come to work in the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) was because I anticipated that the challenges associated with better understanding the value and impact of the arts in society would be difficult and...
This week's podcast goes backstage with John Collins, the director of Gatz. This remarkable play takes as its text F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic of and about The Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby . The Great Gatsby was also one of the first titles chosen for the NEA's Big Read program , which is just...
Participants at the 2012 Arts-Powered Schools Summer Institute get hands-on during their final collaborative project. Photo by Idaho teaching artist Mike Shipman "We can all use imaginative thinking across every part of our lives---and we can all learn to do it better." --- Eric Liu In...

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