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Need a little help getting in the St. Patrick's Day spirit? NEA National Heritage Fellows Séamus Connolly , Kevin Doyle , and Billy MComiskey can help with that! Click each name to learn more about each Heritage Fellow's art form, through interviews, audio clips, and more. Now on with the craic!
What do NEA Big Read author Kevin Young* and current U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, have in common? Other than being two of today’s most distinguished poets, Smith and Young both emerged onto the literary scene at Harvard University in the early 1990s as original members of an African-American...
"I'm standing on the shoulders of others who broke barriers, the glass ceilings. I'm standing on their labor so I have to add my link to the chain, so the women coming behind me can stand on mine." -- Danai Gurira
Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney has been described as “the most important Irish poet since Yeats.” In honor of Irish American Heritage Month, check out some of his thoughts on poetry, literature, and life. "Poetry is more a threshold than a path." -- Seamus Heaney "If poetry and art can do...
Despite a dearth of ways to engage in the arts in the small Michigan community in which she grew up, Heather Raffo knew from the time she was able to talk that she wanted to be an actress. Later, as a graduate student pursuing an acting degree, she realized that she couldn’t find plays that...
Helen Sung ’s life in music started with a red toy piano. As Sung recalled in a recent interview with NEA Director of Music and Opera Ann Meier Baker, “Somehow, this little red plastic piano showed up. It had about 12 keys and they were multi-colored, and I carried it around with me under my arm.”...
"Art is restoration: the idea is to repair the damages that are inflicted in life, to make something that is fragmented--which is what fear and anxiety do to a person--into something whole." -- Louise Bourgeois
In the big picture, arts and culture account for 4.2 percent of the U.S. economy in the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ latest statistics. Want to zoom in for a close-up? Now you can, using detailed data that are available for each state for the first time. Interested in publishing in Massachusetts?...
“I have learned that being an artist is one of the most vulnerable things you can do to your mind and body…” — Christine Sun Kim From works on paper that play with our understanding of standard music notation to participatory works that explore the idea of silence, through her art practice...
And the Oscar Goes To… On Sunday, March 4th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the event’s glamour and celebrity, the Academy Award season is an opportune time to consider something else about the film/video industry—its value...

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