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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...
From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums . Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial Day...
Artwork by a service member participating in the NICoE’s Healing Arts Program. Image courtesy of NICoE In this week's podcast , art therapist Melissa Walker takes us through the Healing Arts program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical...
Hung Liu. Photo courtesy of the artist In 1984, Hung Liu emigrated from the People’s Republic of China to the United States, becoming one of the first Chinese artists to study in the U.S. An adult by the time she left her native country, Liu had spent four years receiving her “proletariat...

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