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"Our community has typically been thrown away by the world around them. To feel like they're legitimate through art, and through being seen as a whole person, is really important." - Kiera Pollock, senior services director for the Los Angeles LGBT Center With support from the National Endowment for...
At most every Independence Day parade across the U.S. you’re sure to hear the familiar sounds of “Yankee Doodle Boy.” But who exactly is George M. Cohan, the man behind the tune that's as much a harbinger of summer as barbecues and fireworks? During his lifetime, Cohan wore many hats—songwriter,...
"An essential part of what we do, part of our mission, is that people hear other people’s perspectives in a way that they normally can’t hear it. Because they’re hearing people’s stories, what’s true from what that person experienced. And you can often argue with other people’s perspectives when it...
The aging process can be difficult for anyone, from dealing with decreased physical capabilities, to securing affordable housing, to finding ways to remain socially and intellectually engaged. While the Los Angeles LGBT Center helps LGBTQ seniors navigate these challenges, they also help them...
Founded in 1984, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) was established to manage the city’s public art collection. In the last 35 years their mission has expanded considerably, growing to include grantmaking, arts programming, and the management of cultural facilities, among other...
"The arts draw our communities together, they tell our stories, they question power, they elicit our emotions, they strive for justice and equity, and they inspire us to imagine new possibilities." — Aaron Jungels With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence, Rhode Island-...
At the National Endowment for the Arts, we look forward to June, when we can share our appreciation of African-American music with the rest of the world during African-American Music Appreciation Month. While the agency has championed jazz for decades, especially with its NEA Jazz Masters program,...
Based in northern New York, the Mohawk people of Akwesasne have a long and rich history—too long and too rich to be adequately showcased in a small museum located in the library basement, which is where many of the community’s cultural treasures are currently housed. “Very inadequate space for a...
"Access to arts funding should not depend on one's geography or one's proximity to private philanthropy." Mary Anne Carter, Acting Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to recognize these artists and the important role they play in our nation’s vibrant cultural landscape. Whether it’s through storytelling, mentoring, or performance, these Heritage Fellows are committed to sharing their art forms with others.” — Mary...

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