Art Works Blog

"Art broadens perspective, fosters appreciation for beauty, lifts us above ourselves, enables us to project beyond our circumstances, and gives us a common language to explore disparate ideas." — Rita Moreno, 2019 Nancy Hanks Lecture Did you know that in addition to being an EGOT (winner of an Emmy...
Lucille Clifton (1926-2010) was a prolific poet, author of children’s literature, and educator. Born in Depew, New York, on June 27, 1936, Clifton was raised with a deep appreciation for the African and African-American arts. She published her first volume of poems, Good Times, in 1969 to critical...
What does evaporation look like? How might condensation move through space? Would it be with soft tippy-toes and wiggling fingers, or with broad sweeps of one’s arms and legs? Using movement to explore concepts like the water cycle, the Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program from Tanner Dance at the...
It is a truth universally acknowledged that in the heart of every devoted writer lurks a devoted reader. And 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow Angela Flournoy —who garnered an avalanche of praise for her debut novel, The Turner House —is no exception. Flournoy very kindly...
Despite a dearth of ways to engage in the arts in the small Michigan community in which she grew up, Heather Raffo knew from the time she was able to talk that she wanted to be an actress. Later, as a graduate student pursuing an acting degree, she realized that she couldn’t find plays that...
NEA Big Read author Jeff VanderMeer spent his early years in the Fiji Islands where his father, an entomologist and research chemist, went to study rhinoceros beetles until he turned his attention to fire ants and moved the family to Gainesville, Florida. A lifelong birdwatcher, VanderMeer has...
Of all the career guidance composer Julia Adolphe has received over the years, it was advice offered by an inmate she met while teaching music theory at Auburn Correctional Facility that has proven to be among the most impactful. "Julia, all you have to do is write the music that you love and then...
These days, much of the visual imagery we have of Muslim culture comes from news publications. They are by turns tragic and heart-breaking, gruesome and bloody. These are images of death, destruction, and violence from a region of the world that most of us only know through its conflicts. But that...
In late 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts published results from an analysis of business establishments in rural areas hosting performing arts centers. The report , which agency research staff co-authored with an economist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), concluded that rural...
"Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes." — Maggie Smith

Pages

Subscribe to Art Works