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For the love of dance, an American ballerina visits Russia

A 17-year-old American spent six weeks in Russia learning the language and studying ballet at the Bolshoi. Learn how she did it.
Map of United States with illustrations of tourist attractions (Shutterstock)

Where are the most famous U.S. national parks? [quiz]

How well do you know some of America's famed national parks? Take this quiz and find out. You can share your results with others.
Astronaut floating in space above Earth (NASA)

Farewell: Americans we lost in 2017

In 2017, we said goodbye to many Americans who shaped our world. Learn how their contributions broke new ground in various fields.
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2017’s memorable moments

Americans witnessed the spectacles of a presidential inauguration and a solar eclipse. See photos from some of the memorable events of the last year.
Five-person musical band performing with guitars, drums and keyboard (© Peter Simon/Getty Images)

Rock’s Hall of Fame announces inductees for 2018 [video]

Bon Jovi, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, the Cars, and Nina Simone are entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Learn what makes these performers stand out.
Four monks in orange robes hanging orange drape on temple (© Stanley J. Staniski/Smithsonian Institution)

U.S. museums explore the art of different faiths

Religious themes have inspired much of the world's great art, and three U.S. museum exhibitions are exploring links between religion and creativity.
Men and women in formal dress posing for photo (© AP Images)

America celebrates the performing arts with Kennedy Center Honors

Rapper LL Cool J and singer Gloria Estefan were among the performing artists honored by the Kennedy Center and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Second lady Karen Pence, dressed in green (© Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Vice president’s wife puts spotlight on art therapy

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Pence, champions both children and art therapy as she travels with her husband around the world.
Man leaping as woman plays musical instrument (Margaret Schulman)

Decades later, Japan’s gift to Americans is still vibrant

The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, a gift from Japan in 1976, is celebrating its reopening with artwork and performances that pay tribute to the country.