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AlHaj headshot

Photo by Jim Gale

Oud-player, composer, and 2015 National Heritage Fellow

Speaking the universal language of music.

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Edwinge Danticat headshot

Photo by Jonathan Demme

MacArthur Fellow and Big Read author

We explore the writing of her powerful memoir, Brother, I’m Dying.

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Headshot of Joe Wilson wearing a straw hat.

Photo by Tom Pich

NEA National Heritage Fellow, Advocate for Folk and Traditional Arts

2001 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joe Wilson weaves his storytelling spell into the history of Blue Ridge Mountain culture.

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Graham Beal headshot

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Graham Beal takes us behind the scenes of the new exhibit Frida Kalho and Diego Rivera in Detroit and shares his support for the Blue Star Museum Program.

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Headshot of Rick Burns

Photo by Kfir Ziv

Documentary filmmaker

Ric Burns' documentary American Ballet Theatre: A History celebrates dance and ABT’s 75th Anniversary.

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Headshot of the artists.

Photo by Yury Nakonechny

NEA National Heritage Fellow

Ukrainian embroiderer, weaver and bead worker Vera Nakonechny keeps a traditional culture alive.

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Head shot of Dan Vera

Photos courtesy of Dan Vera

Poet

Speaking Wiri Wiri and translating the immigrant experience.

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Brando Skyhorse

Photo courtesy of Brando Skyhorse

Author and 2015 Poetry Out Loud judge

He had a childhood no one could make up—with his memoir, he creates order from the chaos.

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Carla Bley

Photo by D. D. Rider

Composer, pianist and 2015 NEA Jazz Master

Writing for big bands, choirs, and small ensembles, Carla Bley remains a graceful and innovative voice for progressive jazz.

Poet and host of 2015 Poetry Out Loud Finals

Four-time National Poetry Slam champion Taylor Mali connects stage and page.

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Charles Lloyd headshot

Photo by Dorothy Darr

2015 NEA Jazz Master

The saxophonist/flutist/composer talks about expanding the tradition and language of jazz.

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Sam White head shot

Courtesy of Sam White

Founder and Artistic Director of Shakespeare in Detroit

Sam White loves Shakespeare and loves her hometown Detroit. So she emptied her bank account and started a site-specific professional theater company, Shakespeare in Detroit. It’s amazing.

Actor

Actor Tonya Beckman: a core member of the Taffety Punk Theater Company and a Riot Grrrl in good standing. Classical theater with a difference.

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Deborah Bond headshot with a butterfly mask covering half of her face.

Photo by Christopher Barclay

Singer

Dual Lives: Deborah Bond sings like a dream, has three cds and tours internationally. But she still needs a day job to pay the bills.

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Tayari Jones head shot.

Photo courtesy of Algonquin Press

NEA Literature Fellow

Tayari Jones: an author who loves the process of writing.

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