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If you were only to look at statistics, you’d get a grim picture of South Dakota’s Cheyenne River Reservation. The Cheyenne River Sioux have an 88 percent unemployment rate. Nearly 60 percent of children on the reservation live in poverty, and suicide and drug use run high. But as Julie Garreau...
"If any art form, anything, gets us to take a moment's pause and look at something afresh, that's got to be a good thing." — Maya Lin ICYMI, we spoke with Maya Lin for our NEA Arts magazine issue on Innovation. Read her story here .
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...
When most people think about public art, they think of a mural on a wall or a building, or perhaps a large sculpture in a park. While murals and sculptures are certainly public art, they are far from the only ways that public art can be expressed. Perhaps a better term for public art would be...
Woman holding out her hands full of ink.

Designer and builder Emily Pilloton believes deeply in design-based education, learning by doing and work benefitting the community. To that end, she founded Project H Design—a nonprofit aimed at bringing design projects to local neighborhoods and supporting experiential learning for kids...

Teens at table next to school bus with posters on it.
I grew up in the city of Philadelphia, and yet I find myself at the NEA managing a rural program—the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD). CIRD, a little-known National...
Click the link to take a look at the 2018 NEA Guide for details on the programs and activities of the NEA, as well as funding deadlines and information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships.
In April 1973, NEA Chair Nancy Hanks delivered the closing speech of the First Federal Design Assembly. The objective of the three-day conference was to stress the importance of improving design in the federal government. The event attracted more than 450 federal officials to collaborate with 500...
The places we know have stories to tell. Those stories can be powerful assets in rebuilding a place after its economic base disappears. Among such places is Pittsfield, a town of almost 45,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts that for decades was home to General Electric. Today...
People on the sidewalk of a city doing hula hoop near a ping-pong table.

Big Car Collaborative is an arts organization rooted in Indianapolis that believes art and creativity are tools that bring communities together. It creates projects that work to improve the quality of life of neighborhoods through art and design—and its...

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