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Essays

These are articles, essays and blog posts written by members of the NAS team and alumni of our programs.

Easy and unbiased access to help

As we honor the more than 21.6 million military veterans…

Why we do it

And why you should too. When you’ve been around for…

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Continuing Education Program

Should I go to graduate school? Is there an online…

An Invitation To Community: Being Yourself

In our last post of this series on community, Jordan…

From Dreams To Reality

Did you ever dream of being in a certain profession…

Join the Party!

Ready to dance? Taneisha Duggan shares her reflections on the…

The Fable of One Turtle and Four Humans: A Story of Community

How did the turtle cross the road? The answer according…

Growing Together

Laura Gisler shares a beautiful meditation on what community means…

The World Is Your Classroom (Or Gym)

Naomi Even-Aberle introduces us to her community: her gym. She…

Part of Something Bigger

Jaclyn Roessel reflects on the first time she felt like…

A Real Community Will Stretch You

What are the qualities of a rubber band? Flexibility: the…

Finding Magic In Community

  Sometimes joining a new community can open up new,…

I know you won’t judge me

Dearest Sanctuaries,  I deeply appreciate the love, compassion, and care…

You’re the best

Dear Arts Wisconsin, I’m writing this letter to let you…

I am still feeling the same glow

  A patron, artist, writer and poet shares: Dear Carrack…

Love, Hate & Design Research

There are some very successful design researchers who routinely ask customers to write love notes or break up notes to their brands. This creative and fun approach can (often unwittingly) get powerful insight into the perceptions of customers.

Winter is Coming: What the Culture Sector Needs to Worry About Now

I. Predicting the Unpredictable The former NEA Chair Rocco Landesman…

Community of place

The root of this definition for me is community of…

Liberty

In Todd, NC in the month of June, community means…

The duty of community

This comes from one of the greatest men of the…

Community is natural. But we’re losing it.

We talk about community a lot. The word gets thrown…

Community: A Poem

Community is beautifully imperfect. Community is acceptance, not tolerance. Community…

Family

Community is unity, love, compassion. Community is dancing with your…

A practice of commitment

I’ve been noticing a trend that many of my friends…

Community within

It signifies change that helps individuals to visually express feelings…

Actively making a place better

The Reformed Protestant congregation hung 49 rainbow flags along the…

Another word

Our community was one of interest and history and the…

Community: A Song

Torres Hodges, a musician and Creative Community Fellow describes what…

On Community

. When my grandmother’s twinkly eyes and warm, welcoming disposition disappeared…

Complexities that make us whole

Community, as a singular plurality, encompasses the people who, and…

Community Is:

Awkward beers shared at a high school reunion, the Reddit…

What’s in your box?

Many arts organizations and artists have started these community supported art…

Teamwork makes the dream work

Some more open than others. Some with multiple communities inside…

Principles & Place

In all the work they do, Alternate ROOTS embraces these…

Community on Community

This conversation is not new, but it is one that…

Rural communities and the artists strengthening them

Be sure to travel to the many resources mentioned in…

You need a community, not a network

Check out this article from the Harvard Business Review on…

Community Development in the age of social media

Community building does too, according to this article on The…

Near, Far, Wherever You Are

Locality? Your Youtube Cat Video Appreciation community might have something…

Choosing the path

She concludes that the path between the two does not…

Arts as Ends, Means, and Everything In Between

She showcases how many stakeholders can work together to create…

Why The Arts?

Both artists reflect on the increase of artists who work…

An Invitation

In “A Model of Identity and Community“, David Pollard shares…

Communities, Complexities, and Commonalities

They also point out the complex nature of communities: “When…

Welcome.

We went together. For moral support. We knew nothing about…

The Importance of Play

Embracing failure is something I’ve worked very hard on in…

The Weight of Failure

Unlike a workplace where colleagues are in the same culture…

Failure is an Option?

When conducting recent audience research with colleagues last year, we…

Who is Allowed to Fail?

When presented with this question of failure, I ask myself a lot of times who gets to fail and who doesn’t get to fail.

Scarcity, Abundance and Finding Your Own Way to Fail

An organization where you are free to run as many…