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Grassy trail bordered by stone walls (© Erlantz Perez Rodriguez/Alamy)

U.S. joins Latin American countries to protect Incan heritage

Learn how the U.S. has been helping three Andean countries ensure that their Incan and pre-Incan heritage sites will endure for generations to come.
Joy Harjo standing behind lectern (© Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. poet Joy Harjo: ‘There’s a poem out there that can...

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo says that after a year of pandemic and racial tension, she finds comfort and lessons in poetry.
Rafael Campo leaning on a wall (© Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe/Getty Images)

Poetry helps American physicians to heal

A growing number of American doctors are embracing the healing power of poetry, both to help people cope with illness and to express themselves.
Collage showing portraits of 10 people (Multiple photo credits/Collage by National Heritage Fellowships)

Celebrating the power of American folk and traditional arts

The U.S. government's highest honor for folk and traditional arts went to 10 fellows this year, who showcased their talents March 4. Learn more here.
Glass portrait of Kamala Harris with Washington Monument in background (© Shannon Finney/Getty Images)

Portrait of Vice President Harris references a shattered ‘glass ceiling’

A portrait made of broken glass displayed on Washington’s National Mall saluted Vice President Kamala Harris as a glass ceiling breaker
People in brightly colored costumes dancing (© Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times/Getty Images)

U.S. supports climate change action at Jaipur Literature Festival

The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi sponsored a session on Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book about climate change at this year's Jaipur Literature Festival.
People gathering around man pointing to papers (Library of Congress/Kimberly Powell)

The world’s largest library commits to diversity

The Library of Congress is diversifying its collection and engaging with communities of color with the help of a recent $15 million grant.
Illustration of five people singing and playing instruments (State Dept./D. Thompson)

National Museum of African American Music debuts in Nashville

A new museum chronicles the ascent of Black American music in the United States and its wider influence over 50 different music genres.
Michelle Obama and Amy Sherald unveiling portrait of Michelle Obama (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Black artists have always been an essential part of American culture

Learn more about Ella Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald's lives and monumental cultural achievements here.