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We all have our favorite beach reads, but what about beach listens? As you head to the shore this summer, we’ve put together a few podcasts that will keep the mood light and the beach vibes right. As co-founder of the Big Apple Circus, Paul Binder is a true ringleader when it comes to entertainment...
A persistent shortcoming of research in the arts has been a scarcity of large, longitudinal studies that track representative groups of Americans as they engage not only with the arts, but with other life-changing events and behaviors. Even when such data are available, the studies often do not...
“Silhouettes to me tell all of these different stories about early America that otherwise we would never be able to tell here at the Portrait Gallery. It's just a complete wonderful, messy vision of an early America that I want people to understand. It's not just the presidents walking around and...
"If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." -- Émile Zola
When Roger Ideishi was helping a Philadelphia aquarium develop programming for children with cognitive and sensory disorders, he surveyed parents to see whether or not they thought their child would engage with programming by touching a starfish. “Every single parent said their child would not...
Here’s a question the NEA literature staff has been thinking about lately: what do you call a literary title that infuses text with art and is primarily geared toward grownups? A graphic novel? Picture book? Art book? Illustrated book? Or, as the poet Matthea Harvey suggested to me recently as we...
"Art is the window to man's soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within." — Lady Bird Johnson
As people gathered below the building and looked up, a dancer sprang out from one of the windows. Tethered by mountaineering ropes, she completed a graceful and joyous arc before landing feet first on the side of the building, using it as a stage to catapult herself again into space. Spectators’...
­The main driver of any musical is, naturally, the music. But in order for songs to soar, the spoken dialogue needs to be just as sharp, just as moving, and just as propulsive as any composition. It’s no small task, but one that playwright Itamar Moses can now say he’s mastered. In June, Moses won...
"I would say with anything, anywhere in the arts, I think it's important to find a tribe of people who truly knows enough about—or shares enough of your values to be able to really challenge you to that next level." — Reena Esmail Read our July 2018 interview with composer Reena Esmail here .

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