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Enjoy as some of our NEA Big Read authors confess their love for literature in these interview clips.
When collecting and reporting stats about the arts or about anything else, it’s frequently necessary to run what researchers call a “validity check.” There are many ways of doing this. First, one hopes that the survey instrument—the questions being asked—and the sampling strategy itself have been...
The great painter Edgar Degas is credited with saying, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." It is hard not to see the truth of that in the vibrant, oversized portraits of street life by Miami, Florida-based visual artist Michael Vasquez . Where some of us might see street thug,...
Read the president's full remarks from the 2015 National Medal of Art and National Humanities Medal ceremony here .
Enjoy browsing through photos from the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellowships concert.
Tonight we celebrate the 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellows with a celebration concert! Join us in person at Lisner Auditorium (info about free tickets here ) or tune in to arts.gov at 8:00 pm ET for the live webcast. As a preview, here are some performances by five of the master artists we're...
The mission of the Los Angeles-based 18th Street Arts Center is simple: to provoke public dialog through contemporary artmaking. This happens through a few different channels, one of which, the Artist Lab, is specifically desgined for mid-career LA artists. The Artist Lab artist must be someone who...
Today at 5:30 pm we honor the 2016 class of NEA National Heritage Fellows with a public awards ceremony at the Library of Congress. On Friday at 8:00pm ET we will continue the celebration with a free concert at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, which will also be webcast live on...
We may have passed the first official day of fall, but at the Harvard Museum of Natural History everything’s still very much abloom thanks to the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants . The Glass Flowers, as they’re most often called, are scientifically accurate botanical specimens...

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