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Washington, DC Gullah community members take part in a "ring shout" in Georgia, circa 1930. Photo courtesy of the Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution The Anacostia Community Museum may be located in Southeast Washington, D.C., but the communities it explores stretch far...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to...
Providence, Rhode Island by Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (l-r) U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI); NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; and Keith Stokes, Executive Director,...
Washington, DC The NEA has a proud tradition of honoring master artists in folk and traditional arts, jazz, and, more recently, opera. In the budget proposal we have submitted for fiscal year 2012 , we hope to be able to extend these honors and the accompanying support to the full range of American...
Washington, DC Here I am after the Arts and the Economy Roundtable with (l-r) John Maeda, Hoon Kim, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Photo courtesy of Office of Senator Whitehouse Rhode Island is a small state, but it?s totally an arts state. You know, I would say, per capita, it?s the artiest state...
Washington, DC by Diane Ragsdale (originally posted February 7, 2011 on Jumper ) I’ve been following the responses to Rocco’s ‘decreasing supply‘ comment and his subsequent post on the NEA blog. Some believe that supply/demand is the wrong framework through which to look at...
Washington, DC A 1919 valentine from the Library of Congress' collection To celebrate Valentine's Day, we asked staff to share their favorite take on the "art" of love... Rebecca Gross One of my favorite long songs is Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time." No matter...
Washington, DC Image by Beth Schlenoff from 2008 event celebrating Abraham Lincoln and poetry Abraham Lincoln was a great admirer of poetry, and it's not surprising that during his lifetime---and especially after his 1865 assassination---that he inspired (and continues to inspire) the nation...
Washington, DC In this week's Art Works podcast we're talking with playwright, actor, and activist Anna Deavere Smith. Smith came to national prominence with her one-woman show Fires in the Mirror , a play she composed from conversations with people who experienced or observed New York'...
Washington, DC Jody Tableporter. Photo courtesy Harvard University Graduate School of Design For the past six years, the National Endowment for the Arts has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to sponsor the Governors’ Institute on Community Design . The Governors’...

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