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Meet Christopher Paul Curtis. He is known for writing historical fiction for young adults that center on African-American families and tackle tough issues with humor and honesty. His latest book, The Mighty Miss Malone, has all the hallmarks of a Curtis novel: a likeable and utterly believable...
Looking Into a PTSD Mind by Bill McCormick. Photo courtesy of Bill McCormick "It's not so much about the art; it's what the art represents." --- Liz Mackey, on artwork by veterans The photo framed above features, quite literally, a pile of junk. The glasses, barbed wire, rusted...
By Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch. Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts It’s August in America: vacation time for many. Visitors from every part of the world are here, and once they get through customs, check into a hotel, and find something...
Time Flies By (2011) by How & Hosm. Spray Paint on DC3 airplane 203 x 776 x 1,142". Photo by Jason Wawro for Eric Firestone Gallery In and around Tucson, Arizona, hundreds of acres of desert serve as retirement communities for aircraft. The largest, located at the Davis-Monthan Air Force...
Elizabeth Marvel and Bill Camp in Theater of War. Photo by Howard Korn This week's podcast pulls back the curtain on Theater of War . Its artistic director and founder, Bryan Doerries, is a classicist and translator, who was convinced that the Greek tragedies still had the power to move...
Dancing to Connect teaching artists work with students in Madrid, Spain. Photo courtesy of Battery Dance Company "Our mantra is 'artistic excellence, social relevance.'" -- Jonathan Hollander "Completely unpredictable and uniformly fabulous"---that's how Jonathan...
Abigail Roberts. Photo by NEA staff No matter how old you are, when you return to your childhood home you feel like a child. Assuming this feeling never changes, I expect that when I am forty years old and make my way to Kensington, Maryland, from wherever I will be living then, I will revert to an...
Rehearsal for Fallujah . From l-r: Willy Miles-Grenzberg as "Lalo," Nickolas Meyer as "Rocks," Christopher Mayell as "Taylor," and Ken Lavigne as "Philip." Photo by Chad Galloway / Opus 59 Films / City Opera Vancouver When U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Ret)...
Helen Blake, daughter of a Marine Corps aviator, marvels at a crystal during a 2011 visit to the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, Colorado, a participating Blue Star Museum. Photo by Molly Blake "I think we truly are creating an enormous generation of museum-goers from...
This week's podcast is a little bit different. We wanted to continue the conversation begun with the recent issue of NEA Arts which focuses on the rich intersections of the arts and the military. So, we asked Vietnam veteran and author Richard Currey to share his experiences reading Tim O'...

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