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President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2012. Of Morrison's work, the president said, "I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid and not just trying to figure out how to...
Amanda McDonald Crowley (far left) moderates the panel discussion Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-Discplinary Case Study with Dr. Andrew Baden and Liz Lerman as they share the experience of collaborating on The Matter of Origins , a multimedia performance exploring the beginnings of...
Patricia Loiko. Photo by Darrell Green A veteran of the equally venerable Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Patricia Loiko joined the NEA last week as our new Indemnity Administrator . In her new position, the New England native takes responsibility for overseeing the...
Students creating art at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Savoy Elementary School Throughout the years, there has been no shortage of proposals designed to improve troubled schools. Longer school days. Block scheduling. Charter schools. Standardized tests. Increased...
At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman;...
The cover of the 2008 SPPA Report. You can access the full report here . Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will interview roughly 36,000 Americans about their levels of engagement with the arts as part of the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Since 1982, this NEA-designed...
This week's podcast introduces us to Mau Piailug and his contribution to the revitalization of Polynesian culture. He is the subject of a documentary film by Na’alehu Anthony called Papa Mau: The Wayfinder . During the 1970s, a small group of Hawaiians formed the Polynesian Voyaging...
The Pollinators in Lawrence, Kansas. The mural was commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the work of muralist and Kansas native Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). Photo by Dave Loewenstein At the NEA, we have just completed the panels that reviewed this year's round of...
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang While an undergraduate at Stanford University, David Henry Hwang’s first play, FOB , was produced in the glamorous setting of his dormitory. The play, whose title is shorthand for “fresh off the boat,” examined the lives of recent Chinese...
In my position as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Department of Health and Human Services I oversee programs administered by the Administration on Aging . As a federal advocate for older Americans, the Administration on Aging is dedicated to protecting the rights of older adults and helping...

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