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Some of the 2011 Cave Canem Fellows with instructor Carl Phillips (back row, 2nd from right). Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths You might not expect Pompeii to figure significantly in the history of African-American literature, but it was a visit to the ancient buried city that inspired the name for...
When you work at the NEA, rummaging through old photo files feels like leafing through a scrapbook of the country’s artistic history. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve pulled together a few stunning examples of work done by African-American artists whom we’ve funded through...
Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis Gregory Pardlo. Photo by Thomas Sayers Ellis. "We tend to underestimate the psychic costs of writing lyric poetry. It’s already a dangerous effort that requires considerable amounts of character and self-awareness." --- Gregory Pardlo...
Theaster Gates. Photo by Lloyd DeGrane, University of Chicago Magazine "Artists have to live passionately and deeply, share what they want, do what they can." --- Theaster Gates As you'll learn in the interview below, for Theaster Gates , there is no clear division between canvas and...
Houston Symphony Tunes Up by flickr user BFS Man It’s been nearly half a century since William J. Baumol and William G. Bowen advanced their theory of “cost disease,” using the performing arts as a case example. The idea remains as potent as ever: industries that do not realize...
Meet Robert Battle. He just completed his first season as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and is only the third artistic leader since Alvin Ailey began the company in 1958. The great dancer Judith Jamison picked up the mantle in 1989 and led the company for two decades...
Kara Walker. Photo © Chuck Close. "I think there are many open-ended questions that artists can pose and we can ask communities to feel empowered enough to reply, respond, rebel, and feel amazed by the relentless spiraling of thought and image and action that is the artist's...
Kim Roberts. Photo by Dan Vera. "I think place exerts a powerful influence over what we write, how we write it, and how we see ourselves." --- Kim Roberts Poet, editor, historian---Washington, DC writer Kim Roberts wears many hats with aplomb. Roberts' reputation is international: her...
Cover design by Josh Neufeld What's in the newest issue of NEA Arts ? Interviews with Julie Taymor, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Chris Miller of Dreamworks Animation, and many more. And don't miss an original comics panel by Josh Neufeld! Did we mention there are four interviews that you'll...
The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Photo by Laura Folger Since the late 1970s, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva---better known as The Kitchen Sisters ---have been broadcasting stories from little-known corners of America. The award-winning team of independent radio producers explored...

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