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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.


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.


Max Brooks

Photo courtesy of Crown Publishing Group


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Rev Jerry Colbert

Photo by Tom Pich

2014 National Heritage Fellows

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


Kevin Doyle

Photo by Tom Pich

Irish step dancer and 2014 National Heritage Fellow

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


Ralph Fasanella

Photo courtesy Estate of Ralph Fasanella

An artist of, by, and for the people

Blue-collar worker and union organizer Ralph Fasanella would have been 100 this week.  His paintings of urban working class people struggling and thriving continue to live on.


Jonathan Tucker

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Tucker

DC Youth Slam Team Coordinator

The DC Youth Slam Team is an award-winning internationally acclaimed poetry group. Listen to their poems and find out how it all comes together.


McCracken Podcast

Photo by Edward Carey

NEA Literature Fellow

Elizabeth McCracken gives us her take on the differences in writing novels, short stories, and tweets.

Believing that music is a unifying force, ETHEL has joined forces with musicians across genres and regions and built a family of artists along the way.


Francisco Nunez

Photo by Stephanie Berger

Artistic director, Young People’s Chorus of New York City

2011 MacArthur Fellow Francisco Nunez brings together New York youth of all backgrounds and together they create beautiful music and an inclusive community.