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Long before the age of chronicling our private lives through tweets, selfies, and Facebook statuses, José Leonilson chronicled and shared his inner world through canvas and thread. His autobiographical artistic practice has given the Brazilian artist, who came of age during the 1980s, a fresh,...
Sure, we could tell you how transformative it is for teens to participate in Poetry Out Loud, but why don't we just show you? To learn more about the program and to get your school signed up for the 2017-2018 competition, visit poetryoutloud.org . Video of 2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion...
Revisit our first-person NEA Arts magazine story with Sandra Cisneros here . Looking for a new book to read on your own or interested in bringing the NEA Big Read to your community? Check out the Big Read library and learn about how to apply for a Big Read grant here .
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with only 16 percent of the population of that state’s capital, Providence, spread across the reservation’s expanse. Eighty...
In April 1973, NEA Chair Nancy Hanks delivered the closing speech of the First Federal Design Assembly. The objective of the three-day conference was to stress the importance of improving design in the federal government. The event attracted more than 450 federal officials to collaborate with 500...
Read our story on how Boston's Brazilian Worker Center's CareForce project is helping domestic workers learn about their rights and find their voices through the arts here .
We're having a Hispanic Heritage Month-inspired #FlashbackFriday this week! Get to know NEA National Heritage Fellows Eva Ybarra (a master conjunto musician) and Modesto Cepeda (a master of bomba and plena music) in these clips from the 2017 NEA Heritage Fellowships Concert. Feel free to chairdance...
A new analysis from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Humanities Indicators finds that bachelor’s degree conferrals in the arts have remained substantially above average for the past 30 years. The data also show recent growth in the number of arts degrees conferred to traditionally under-...

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