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"If you are a dancer, dance the steps your grandparents danced. If you play an instrument or make music with your voice, sing and play the tunes your mother and father taught you. If you have a craft, sew, weave, or smith the patterns of countless generations that have gone on before." -- Anthony...
The 36 NEA creative writing fellows who won their awards in 2018 for prose writing include a surprising number of poets, or at least writers who write and publish poetry more often than they write prose. That was interesting to those of us who work in the NEA literature department, and inspired us...
Working in broadcast journalism, over the years Julie Cohen and Betsy West both found themselves more and more drawn to long-form storytelling. In the mid-2000s, after leaving her news job, West developed the documentary series Makers: Women Who Make America , for which she interviewed, among other...
The film program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is not your typical arthouse cinema. In the past few months, the four-screen venue has shown current independent releases like Eighth Grade , blockbusters like Black Panther , classic favorites like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , and series...
"The arts matter because they teach us how to be more fully human. I think that's incredibly important, especially in today's world as we seek to engage and connect with people who on the surface, superficially, seem unlike us." -- David Shook Read our interview with poet and 2016 NEA Translation...
According to many museum educators, one of the best ways to prepare a child for an art museum is through books. While you can choose to read a book about the general museum experience , you can also hone in on a specific exhibit you plan to see and find books with corresponding themes and subjects...
We don’t generally think of Iowa as a film capital, but at the turn of the 19th century it sure seemed that way. Frank Brinton, a traveling entertainer based in Washington, Iowa, discovered motion pictures when they were still in their infancy, ordering catalogs and subsequently projection...
"I guess my whole M.O. is to do films that I would like to watch about people that need a light shown on them." — Dava Whisenant When Late Show with David Letterman writer Steve Young stumbled on recordings of corporate musicals—musicals written roughly between the 1950s-1980s with the sole purpose...
The motto of Washington, DC’s Gallaudet University —“There is no other place like this in the world—is not mere hyperbole. Founded in the late 19th century, Gallaudet is the world’s only higher education institution for the deaf and hard of hearing. It has also become an architectural laboratory of...
"Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine." -- Rita Dove Did you know that former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove is also a two-time NEA Literature Fellow? Listen to her in conversation...

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