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April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Guest Blogger: Mark Hofflund, Managing Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Chairman Landesman with Mark Hofflund (left) and Boise Mayor David H. Bieter on the Art Works Tour. Photo by Kyle Morgan It was a great day in Idaho yesterday. How fortunate we are to know NEA...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Continuing our look at the arts in Idaho, today we?re featuring two NEA National Heritage Fellows?Dale Harwood, a saddle maker from Shelley; and Horace P. Axtell, a Nez Perce drum maker, singer, tradition-bearer from Lewiston?both of whom received their honors in 2008. Dale...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Writer Marilynne Robinson has never forgotten the Northwest landscape of her childhood. Her first novel, the acclaimed Housekeeping (an NEA Big Read selection), takes place in the fictional town of Fingerbone -- loosely based on Sandpoint, Idaho, where she grew up -- which...
April 5, 2010 Boise, ID Untitled , 1998, by Ronnie Landfield, one of the artworks gifted to the Boise Art Museum as part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative. Photo by Lyle Peterzell Back in 2008, the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment...
April 2, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco?s Art Works trip to Michigan on March 22 and 23 was a study in contrasts. He saw art in a rural setting and a big city environment. He saw spectacular new buildings not far from abandoned and deteriorating structures. And he saw an arts community with enormous...
A few things you should know about Idaho: 1. It's the 13th largest state in the union and became the 43rd state in July 1890; 2. famous Idahoans include Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson, and 3. Rocco will bring the Art Works tour to Boise...
April 1, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco with (l-r): Judy Nemzoff, Community Arts and Education Director, San Francisco Arts Commission; Frances Phillips, Program Director, Arts, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund; James E. Canales, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation The San Francisco Community...
Rocco on the road in Chelsea, Michigan. Photo by Elayne Gross While we're following Rocco around the country on the Art Works tour, you can now follow us on Twitter! We're @NEAarts and you can find us at www.twitter.com/NEAarts .
April 1, 2010 Washington, DC Playwright David MacGregor on the set for his play Gravity at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. Photo courtesy of the playwright When Rocco visited the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, the theater was presenting the final week of its world premiere...
March 31, 2010 Washington, DC Last Friday the National Council on the Arts gathered for the public session of its 169th meeting. Presentations included an appreciation of the late Bess Lomax Hawes, an overview of findings from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts , and a presentation...

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