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"You don't exist if you're not represented... I felt a need to claim my own social existence by making the representation happen." — Njideka Akunyili Crosby
International Women's Day isn't until Sunday, but we wanted to start the party early with a few quotes from some of our favorite female artists, past and present, from around the globe.
Kenneth Elpus was a newly minted doctorate from Northwestern University’s music education program when he learned of a research funding opportunity at the National Endowment for the Arts. Though a choral music educator, he had recently whetted his appetite for statistical analyses of large datasets...
According to the U.S. Census Bureau , people with disabilities are a force that’s more than 59 million strong, representing America’s largest minority group. Within that group is an untapped talent pool of artists, performers, storytellers, educators, cultural workers, and other aspiring...
"I believe that telling our stories, first to ourselves and then to one another and the world, is a revolutionary act." — Janet Mock How does participating in the arts help you to find your voice, to tell your own story? Let us know on the @NEAarts Twitter feed or on the National Endowment for the...
Visual artist Terry Adkins had often noted that his artistic career really started in Nashville, Tennessee, specifically with his time at Fisk University, one of more than one hundred historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) in the country. So while it might not be a surprise that Fisk...
As a young person, Jason Reynolds was a reluctant reader—he speaks frequently about how he did not read a full novel until he was in college. However, he was never a reluctant listener. His art form of choice was rap music, which he listened to enthusiastically. It was in listening to the rhythms...
"Altogether, this collaborative system has helped shape a nation where every American—in every state, in every region, across the entire nation—can celebrate and benefit from the arts." — National Endowment for the Arts Chair Mary Anne Carter (from intro to new issue ) We've freshened up the name...
Break out the cherry pie: tomorrow is George Washington’s birthday! To celebrate what would have been Washington’s 288th birthday, we’re revisiting what is probably the most famous portrait of our nation’s first president—what’s known as the Lansdowne portrait by Gilbert Stuart, which he painted in...
"I feel like poetry introduced me to myself in a way that nothing else actually had." — Reginald Dwayne Betts At age 16, Reginald Dwayne Betts was tried and convicted as an adult for carjacking. Since his release at age 24, Betts has become an attorney, a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School, an...

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