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Samuel Green and BreAnna Jones
In December 2007, Washington native Samuel Green became the state's first poet laureate. The author of 10 poetry collections, he is also the longtime editor of Brooding Heron Press, which...
African-American woman at a microphone
In just its first year of participation, the U.S. Virgin Islands saw its Poetry Out Loud champion, Charlotte Amalie High School sophomore Shawntay A. Henry, crowned the program's third national...
People sit at small looms
Diane Bowman is executive director of Española Valley Fiber Arts (EVFA), a site on the north central loop of New Mexico's Fiber Arts Trail. A nonprofit membership organization, EVFA functions...
Woman in front of a blanket
Spanning approximately 1,400 miles in three regions, New Mexico's Fiber Arts Trail highlights the work of the state's many fiber artists working in traditions such as weaving, basketry, and quilting...
Colorful mural
Although Kansas native Aaron Douglas was one of the leading visual artists of the Harlem Renaissance, he was both under-recognized and underappreciated in his home state. To change that fact,...
Teneise Mitchell, Mora Amina Parker, Erin Barnett, Erin Moore, and Tracy Vogt
Thanks to Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, you don't have to live in Pennsylvania to know the commonwealth is home to performing artists of a national caliber. Since 1997, the...
Holly Meade
The smokestacks of many New England mill towns may lie dormant, but in Maine, the arts are fueling a new kind of industrial revolution. Since Governor John Elias Baldacci took...
Fisk Jubilee Singers
Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) Executive Director Rich Boyd says the arts make life in Tennessee "richer and rewarding," not surprising for a state that helped birth both the blues and...
Jessica Daley
The NEA early on realized that the only way to reach its ambitious goal of bringing great art to all Americans was to work in partnership with the states. In...
John E. Ostrout
Since the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was established in 1965, it has worked in partnership with the 56 state, territorial, and jurisdictional arts agencies (SAAs) and six multi-state...

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