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Jane Alexander headshot

Photo by Joan Marcus

Actor and former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts

Jane Alexander reflects on her time at the NEA, her life-long love affair with theater, and the centrality of art to the human experience.


Mike Mignola headshot

 Photo by Christine Mignola

Comic Book Author and Artist

Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy, still loves drawing monsters.


Richard Hunt talks about creating large pieces of abstract art for public spaces and reflects on his time on the National Council of the Arts.


Karen Zacarias is the most produced Latina playwright in the nation. Now, she brings the telenovela to the stage with Destiny of Desire.


headshot of Kevin Locke

Photo courtesy of Kevin Locke

Lakota Flute-player, Hoop-dancer, and 1990 National Heritage Fellow

By performing and teaching Lakota flute and dance, Kevin Locke brings the past and the future together.


headshot of Dolly Jacobs

Photo by Barbara Banks

Circus Aerialist and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Most kids run away from home to join the circus. For Dolly Jacobs, it was a family affair.


Headshot of Kevin McKenzie

Phot by Fabrizio Ferri

Artistic Director of American Ballet Theatre

They got the first grant from the NEA back in 1965 and are celebrating their own long history.


Felipe Herrera headshot.

Photo courtesy University of California-Riverside

U.S. Poet Laureate and NEA Literature Fellow

The new poet laureate of the United States and two-time NEA fellow calls for everyone's heart to speak out.


Dan Sheehy headshot

Photo by Ashlee Duncan

2015 Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellow

A life in the folk and traditional arts.


Sara Colangelo posing with a night cityscape behind her.

Photo by Shlomo Godder

Director and screenwriter

Her debut feature film Little Accidents takes us into the heart of a coal-mining town.

Founder and Editor of Highway

How a writer created the music magazine he wanted to read.

President and CEO of New World Symphony

Reimagining the presentation of classical music.


Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn headshots

Jackie Dempsey and Steve O’Hearn
Artistic Directors of Squonk Opera

Find out about the artistic exuberance that is Squonk Opera.

Disability/Arts Advocate

Equality, justice, and a place on the dance floor.


Rebecca Makkai

Photo by Philippe Matsas

2014 NEA Literature Fellow

From beautifully crafted short fiction to page-turning gothic novels, Rebecca Makkai puts art at the heart of her work.