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Two disabled dancers dancing with wheelchairs
Imagine you are taking a trip to the ballet. The lights and set are bright and colorful; the costumes and music are elegant and grand. The choreography is challenging but...
An elderly man playing violin to a couple of children.
When Caroline McElroy moved into the NoHo Senior Arts Colony, she never imagined it meant speeding up, rather than slowing down. Although in the golden years of retirement, she teaches...
Two photos of a section of the hospital before and after redesign.
When St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children moved from its historic home in Philadelphia to a former industrial site almost two miles away, the hospital faced two challenges: how to make...
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...
Man reciting poetry with eldery men.

Poet Gary Glazner bounded into the New York Memory Center with a dozen roses and an infectious smile. “My love is like a red, red, rose,” he called out to the students, who called back the same line with enthusiasm. It was like he had hit a switch, or turned on the light. Suddenly,...

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...

Community can mean something different to everyone. To some, community is their place of worship, and to others, it’s their local theater troupe or intramural softball team. One segment of the population that is typically excluded from the overarching term “community” is the...

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),...

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