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NEA Big Read novelist Alejandro Zambra and his literary translator Megan McDowell talk about what it means to "go home."
Reduce, reuse, recycle. This phrase has been associated with the push for environmental responsibility for nearly half a century. Today, there are many organizations that advocate for a number of environmental concerns, including the issue of pollution in the world’s oceans. One of the...
Give it up to these women artists doing incredible in the arts!
Learn how music therapy is bringing healing to military service members and veterans.
Ken Brecher is one of those people you really want to sit next to at a dinner party. He's well-traveled, well-read, loves culture, and is a fantastic storyteller to boot. He continues his long career in arts education--he once ran the Sundance Institute and the Boston Children's Museum,...
It sounds simple enough. An arts organization or a community based-organization (a nonprofit that works locally to improve life for residents) is interested in doing a project that uses the arts to help advance a social issue. It could be centered on a placemaking effort in a neighborhood or...
When was the last time you read a poem? Last week, last month, never? The NEA’s Big Read program just added three contemporary poetry titles to its library for 2017-18, and we can’t wait for folks across the country to start reading these books and learning more about their authors. In the meantime...
I frequently make trips between my home in the Bay Area and the East Coast. During a recent trip to New York I spent a morning walking with a friend along the High Line—an elevated freight rail line that was transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. The High Line displays a wide...
More and more, women are cutting a wide swath across the opera landscape. It used to be that women in opera were mainly on-stage or in the costume shop, however now they are beginning to be involved in every aspect of the business of opera. Some are managing opera companies as general directors,...

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