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"Once you can see yourself in that human story, you begin to care about it. Any number of touchstones transform that barrier of stigma and shame and phobia into understanding. We know that our job with the Quilt is not only to help the maker in their grief process, but to then use that memory...
You may have already seen our new issue of NEA Arts magazine , which looks at the intersection between the arts and health, but did you know this is not the first time we've looked at that topic? In our summer issue on "community" we profiled Jetsonorama, a wheat-paste artist who also...
While we're grateful for artists every month, we're particularly thankful in this month when we take time off from "real life" to count our blessings large and small. In today's post NEA staffers reflect on some artists to whom they'd like to give a big old THANK YOU! Don Ball Thanks to the...
Metro Nashville Arts Commission Executive Director Jennifer Cole ponders the changing role of the local arts agency.
"Inspiration is a powerful motivating influencer: an experience that offers possibility and breakthrough thinking. This is what I believe art can do in our society. It can provoke new thinking and perspective and can often invite us to experience the world with a new lens that taps into our...
Arts administrator and poet Jonathan Katz (NASAA's CEO) ruminates on what he's learned from poetry.
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 arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That's what's so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu Jane Chu has had a busy August making her first official Art Works visits as NEA Chair. Starting close to home, Jane visited...
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...
In 1986 as an independent clothing designer new to the world of retail, I was looking for ways to market my one-of-a-kind designs. Noticing an ad for a craft show in Lexington, I attended not knowing what to expect. I was definitely not a stranger to craft shows but this was a different model...

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