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When we think of the poet Walt Whitman, we usually associate him with New York or Washington, DC. But Alabama? Not so much. But for filmmaker Jennifer Crandall, formerly a video journalist for the Washington Post , Whitman was exactly who she found herself thinking of as she fell in love with the...
"We are never doing anyone any favors by withholding our gifts from the world. It's scary to be fierce, but you can't compromise that for fear of losing those around you." -- Idina Menzel Are you a musical theater fan? Join us April 23 at 6pm ET on arts.gov to watch the live webcast as 7 fierce...
In the early 1970s, Brenda Laurel was studying theater at Ohio State University. One night a friend invited her to take a look at some computer imaging he was working on, and that, as they say, changed everything. As she recalled, “I kind of fell to my knees and said, ‘Oh, my God, whatever this is...
"The arts matter because they help us reimagine our situation, our place in the world. They help us create ourselves." -- Kirsten Johnson Acclaimed cinematographer, director, and camera person Kirsten Johnson has spent more than 25 years shooting documentary films across the world. Whether...
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In the early 1970s, Brenda Laurel was studying theater at Ohio State University. One night a friend invited her to take a look at some computer imaging he was working...
"I'm standing on the shoulders of others who broke barriers, the glass ceilings. I'm standing on their labor so I have to add my link to the chain, so the women coming behind me can stand on mine." -- Danai Gurira
And the Oscar Goes To… On Sunday, March 4th, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. In addition to the event’s glamour and celebrity, the Academy Award season is an opportune time to consider something else about the film/video industry—its value...
Filmmakers Rita Coburn-Whack and Bob Hercules knew only one thing for sure about one another when they first met: they both deeply admired the writer and activist Maya Angelou. They were also puzzled by the same thing: Why hadn't anyone yet made a documentary about the icon whose work had...
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.
"You may have a frest start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down." -- Mary Pickford Did you know that silent film star Mary Pickford was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences? She...

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