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Dinaw Mengestu head shot.

Photo credit: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Big Read author and MacArthur Fellow

In All Our Names, Dinaw Mengestu explores unlikely love in the midst of conflict.

Retired NEA director of Folk and Traditional Arts

Barry Bergey shares some memories about a lifetime immersed in folk and traditional arts.

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Head shot of Ping Chong

Photo by Adam Nadel

Theater director, playwright, and video artist

Ping Chong, a visionary citizen-artist and six-time NEA grantee, connects racial history to our current unrest in his recent play, Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America.

Diana Green and Cathy Gassenheimer have a mission:
Arts Education for Every Alabama pre-k thru 12 Student!

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Nathaniel Philbrick

Courtesy of Nathaniel Philbrick

Author, National Book Award winner

In a slim, lucid and compulsively readable book, Nathaniel Philbrick makes an enthusiastic case for taking a look at Melville’s classic Moby-Dick.

What happens when innovative medical practitioners join with a lively arts community?

Find out from Maria Jukic, executive director of Cleveland’s Clinic’s Arts and Medicine Institute and Tom Schorgl, director of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.

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Fred Foote headshot.

Photo Courtesy of Fred Foote

Poet, doctor and retired Navy captain

The neurologist/holistic practioneer knows first-hand the healing power of the arts for veterans.

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Max Brooks

Photo courtesy of Crown Publishing Group

Author

Max Brooks, author of World War Z, really isn’t kidding when it comes to zombies.

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Jesmyn Ward

Photo by Tony Cook

Author and 2011 National Book Award winner

In her memoir Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward attempts to understand the links in the untimely deaths of her brother and four friends.

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Nicole Gomez Fisher

Photo by Breaking Glass Pictures

Director and writer

Nicole Gomez Fisher brings it all back home in her film, Sleeping with the Fishes. And goes on to win the award for Best New Director at the Brooklyn Film Festival.

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Yvonne Walker Keshick

Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Quill worker and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Yvonne Walker Keshick brings a Native-American tradition into the 21st century.

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Chunky Sanchez

Photo by Michael G. Stewart

Musician and 2013 National Heritage Fellow

For 40 years, Chunky Sanchez has playing and singing the stories of the Chicano people.

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Carla Perlo

Photo by Enoch Chan

Founder and Artistic Director of Dance Place

How Dance Place’s open door policy helped transform an underserved neighborhood into a vital arts district.

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Rev Jerry Colbert

Photo by Tom Pich

2014 National Heritage Fellows

Rev. Jerry Colbert shares one of the oldest African-American music traditions.

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Kevin Doyle

Photo by Tom Pich

Irish step dancer and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

Kevin Doyle talks about his life-long passion for dance.

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