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Viewers of the 2017 National Memorial Day concert in Washington, D.C., observed a unique performance when Captain Luis Avila sang “God Bless America” with singer Renee Fleming . This may not seem extraordinary—unless you know what Captain Avila looks like. Wheelchair-bound, he had difficulty...
In July, households across the nation will get a call from the U.S. Census Bureau. They’ll be asked to discuss such matters as their present employment, their income and education levels, and—as if to enliven the conversation—how much they participated in the arts in the past year. The Survey of...
Most food tables at gallery openings include some iteration of wine and cheese. But at County Missives: Expressive Works from Incarcerated Juveniles Adjudicated as Adults , installed last spring at the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery at the University of North Florida (UNF), there was a table display...
This year is the centenary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth—April 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia—and there are musical celebrations planned across the country and around the world. And with good reason. She is a singer’s singer, a voice like crystal with a purity of range and intonation and a...
It’s always gratifying—if all too rare—to see a New Year’s resolution become a full-fledged action item. A perennial goal of the NEA’s, for example, has been to bring greater access and transparency to public data about K-12 student participation in arts education. In 2014, the goal was inscribed...
Two years ago Creative Forces Music Therapist Rebecca Vaudreuil met Master Sergeant Michael Schneider at Walter Reed Medical Center. Newly retired from military service, Schneider was still in treatment for injuries he had suffered during deployment, including traumatic brain injury and PTSD. In...
In the spirit of the holidays, we asked NEA staff members to submit their art-full wish list—it could be something literal, metaphorical, or even magical. Here’s what they had to say: “For Christmas I want one of those Time-Turners that Hermione Granger used in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...
Click on the name of the poem to read the full text. What's your favorite winter poem? "snowfall makes no noise,/ falls as forgetting falls,/ flake after flake." — "The Snowfall is so Silent" by Miguel de Unamuna "The paint is pretty well worn off,/ But then I take the lead;/ A dandy sled's a...
Today, we get to hear from Afro-Venezuelan singer Betsayda Machado. Twice. That's right, folks. Two blogs for the price of one. Well, two audio stories. The first in English, the second in Spanish. In mid-October, at the tail end of Hispanic Heritage Month, Betsayda Machado and the electrifying...

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