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NEA Accessibility Director Beth Bienvenu looks at advancements in accessibility in the museum community since passage of the ADA.
NEA Staff share why the arts matter to them.
Rhodessa Jones of the Medea Project on the purpose of art.
Before the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 25 years ago, curb cuts were a rarity, making sidewalks inaccessible to people in wheelchairs. Nor were there guaranteed ramps allowing entry into buildings—including schools and courthouses — or wheelchair lifts on public transportation...
When we think of good design, we might think of pleasing aesthetics or functional utility. Rarely, however, do we associate design with civil rights. And yet for someone in a wheelchair, “the courthouse steps meant that you weren't equal in the halls of justice. The school steps—you couldn't really...
Woman standing in front of a photograph at an exhibition.
When I was a junior in high school I auditioned for the spring musical. I’d auditioned every year and always ended up in the chorus, never getting a part. I...
We know a lady never tells her age, but we can't help it--we're excited to be turning 50 this September! And how do we plan to celebrate? By sharing your stories of how the arts have impacted and made a difference in your lives. Whether you want to send us photos, make a video, sing a song, or...
How will living to 100 years of age affect the way you look at life? Babies born today will most likely live that long or longer, as life expectancy has jumped from 45 in 1900 to 80 in 2007, with estimates that say our life span may reach 100 by the year 2100. As a result, the population of older...
Sculptures in a museum.
By its very terminology, one might think that an appreciation of visual art depends on the sense of sight. Likewise, one might think visiting an art museum is of little...
Boy in astronaut suit in front of photo of the moon.
When Taro Alexander was five, he developed a noticeable and persistent stutter when he talked. It took two decades for him to meet another person who spoke the same way...

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