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“I don’t know why I was drawn to the son huasteco ,” recalled 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Artemio Posadas in an interview with Daniel Sheehy in 2005. [Editor's Note: Daniel Sheehy became an NEA National Heritage Fellow in 2015.] “I believe it was the falsetto that really got to me, along with...
A few years ago, when artist Maria Aldana was working with Baltimore residents to build a community altar for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a woman came in visibly excited to participate. “She said, ‘I used to make altars every year back home, but when I moved to the United States, I just...
"I think if we spent a little more time looking at what people hold so dear that they pass knowledge and art and practices on to their friends, their children, their communities, if we can appreciate that, we will be better people for it and the world would be a better place for it." -- 2010 NEA...
What if the cost of having a creatively fulfilling job that allowed you to have a measurable impact on your community meant a seven-day work week, no health insurance, and no guarantee that any of the several jobs you were juggling to keep financially afloat were going to exist year to year? That...
There are a ton of exciting new books coming out all the time (we know because we support many of them through our grants to literary presses and journals!). It sometimes feels overwhelming trying to decide what book to read next, which is why the NEA literature staff loves a good book...
When Jennifer Feeley was in high school, one of her creative writing teachers encouraged students to read as many books of poetry as possible. It was during forays to the library in search of poetry volumes that Feeley stumbled upon 100 Poems from the Chinese , translated by Kenneth Rexroth. From...
We’re talking arts attendance today with the release of our latest research publication, U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017 . This is a first look at results from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) (except for poetry which we posted about here in...
"If any art form, anything, gets us to take a moment's pause and look at something afresh, that's got to be a good thing." — Maya Lin ICYMI, we spoke with Maya Lin for our NEA Arts magazine issue on Innovation. Read her story here .
When Alan Blaugrund began collecting Native-American baskets, he would travel to auctions and trade shows in search of his next find. “I just started buying them, and tried to figure out why one looked different from the next,” said Blaugrund, an Albuquerque resident and a dermatologist by trade...
As another school year begins, the National Endowment for the Arts’ research staff looks back on a summer that abounded with opportunities to learn about compelling research and evidence-based programs in the arts. Below, staff analysts Bonnie Nichols and Melissa Menzer each reflect on conferences...

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