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Air Force troop drawing on paper.
“There’s always somebody who’s got it worse than you,” said Master Sergeant Earl I. Covel, talking about his 12 overseas combat deployments as a member of the Special Operations Tactical...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that person need...
The California Arts Council received quite the Valentine's Day surprise from one of its fellow state agencies last February. The head of rehabilitation programs for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) called with a proposal: help coordinate an 18-month, $2.5...
DJ Kurs
For deaf individuals, the inherently verbal nature of theater poses obvious, often prohibitive challenges. While some theaters have made closed captioning available to audiences, others approach deafness as a unique...
On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which “outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” Just a year later, President Johnson signed the legislation that created the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),...
Group of disabled Croatian young adults practicing a play.
When Maja Popović’s family discovered she had attended a Depeche Mode concert, they responded angrily, stunned that her father had let her leave the house. It wasn’t because she was...
Last Friday, the White House hosted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards , which honored 12 organizations across the country for their outstanding work with children. One of the honorees was Project AIM , which uses the arts to engage with pediatric oncology patients receiving...
"I like to think we’re all striving for that moment when we’ve gotten it right enough that we, as artists, stop working and the art, itself, starts instead.” --- Meg Day A 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry, Meg Day is not only a talented poet, but a fiery arts...
The number of older adults is rapidly increasing throughout the world. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number of adults over age 65 in the U.S. will almost double by 2030. There is a pressing need to develop novel, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches for promoting health and well-...
"I think that the role of an artist is not just to perform, but it's to convey something to bring communities together.' --- Laurie Rubin Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has been blind since birth. While her disability has at times proved challenging in her chosen profession, it hasn't...

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