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I’ve been California---and Arizona---dreaming for the last couple of weeks. This was probably my longest trip that I’ve had so far at the NEA. I flew into Sacramento, and went right out to Yolo County to visit the Yolo County Art & Ag project, which has received an ArtPlace grant...
This week's podcast features the award-winning writer of crime fiction, Laura Lippman. Lippman began her writing career as a journalist, and worked at the Baltimore Sun for 12 years. She credits her time with her hometown paper for revealing a city she had never seen growing up. She understood...
Leyya Tawil's Dance Elixir. Photo by Liz Payne "[Artists are] contributing to everyone by trying to push a healthier, more hopeful humanity forward. I feel like that’s our responsibility." --- Leyya Tawil Although Detroit native Leyya Tawil has always danced, she was actually on...
Self-Portrait as Red-Crown Crane , 2007. Photo credit Clarissa Sligh As is the case with many artists, to see Clarissa Sligh's work is to see a reflection of her life. A multimedia artist and writer who works with text, photography, artist's books, and installations, Sligh gravitates...
Holland Taylor. Photo by Linda Matlow/PIXINTL "Art makes everything else in life work. Without art, we are broken." --- Holland Taylor You may not recognize her name, but you'll definitely recognize her face and that distinctive voice. Over a decades-long career Holland Taylor has...
Art in Colors by flickr user Ishrona After recently experiencing a deluge of change, which involved moving to a new city and taking on a new role as the program analysis officer in the Office of Research & Analysis at the NEA, I’ve begun to generate new ideas for how to create change in...
This week's podcast presents Aditi Brennan Kapil whose play, Agnes Under the Big Top: A Tall Story was selected in 2010 for the NEA’s New Play Development Program. Set in a large, unnamed American city, the play explores the experiences of a Liberian home-care provider, a former Bulgarian...
Edited by Paulette Beete Cherise Booth and Russell Hornsby in Signature Theatre's production of August Wilson's King Hedley II . Photo by Carol Rosegg "I wanted to place this culture onstage in all its richness and fullness and to demonstrate its ability to sustain us in all areas of...
New Urban Arts artist mentor Abel Hernandez works on a logo design with a student. Photo by Jesse Banks III On February 14 the NEA hosted a meeting titled Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable. More than a dozen experts in...
The National Science Foundation established the Science of Learning (SLC) Program in 2003 in order to advance our understanding of how people, other animals and machines learn. In recognition of the complexities associated with the study of learning, the program provides support for the...

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