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Not long ago after a Joyful Chorus performance, one audience member was dumbfounded. She was the occupational therapist of one of the choir members, and even though she had worked closely with the child, she was struck by the performance. “She said, ‘I have never seen this student be so attentive...
With over 500 artist residency programs in the United States, and over 1,500 residencies worldwide, only one of these art programs was considered “deaf-friendly” prior to 2014. That program was offered by Siena Art Institute, located in Italy. In 2014, with support from the NEA, The Anderson Center...
Regan Linton grew up as a performer and an athlete. But after a car accident left her in a wheelchair during her junior year of college, she assumed the door had permanently closed to a life in the arts. But then she discovered Phamaly Theatre Company , a frequent NEA grantee. Based in Denver,...
"There are many professions in this world, that legitimately, if you have a disability, you might not be able to do. If I'm in a wheelchair, I might not ever be able to work construction on a high-rise building. If I'm blind, I might not ever be able to be a brain surgeon. But as artists, we create...
Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts assembles a committee of readers around the country to discuss and recommend books to add to the NEA Big Read library . Who are these readers? Booklovers for sure, but also community organizers—such as prior NEA Big Read grantees—who can speak to the...
"I like to think we’re all striving for that moment when we’ve gotten it right enough that we, as artists, stop working and the art, itself, starts instead.” — Meg Day A 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, Meg Day is not only a talented poet, but a fiery arts educator and an activist. Her...
"Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that." — Mary Oliver Has your high school signed up for Poetry Out Loud yet? Visit poetryoutloud.org to find out how your school can participate in this dynamic poetry...
"Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book." — John Green Visit our Facebook page and let us know what book you just can't live...
For Ballet Hispánico ’s Michelle Manzanales, dance is more than an art form. As she explained during a telephone interview, "Dance is my language; I always think of it as my first language. It's the one that I feel most fluent in and most comfortable expressing things through." A dancer since she...
It's only been two weeks since the 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert (wait, what?) and we're already counting down the days to the 2019 celebration! In the meantime, we're going to tape this quote from 2018 concert emcee Martha Gonzalez to our inspo wall and keep this video on repeat (...

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