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Washington, DC Filmmaker Haile Gerima at the Amiens International Film Festival in November 2008. Photo by Mark Roussels via Wikimedia Commons Today on Art Works we're hearing from filmmaker and Howard University professor Haile Gerima as he talks about the art of storytelling that's at the...
Washington, DC Chicago Public Library poster, project of Illinios WPA, from Library of Congress archives Here's part two of our between-the-lines look at what our colleagues are reading this summer. Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research and Analysis I?ve just read Christopher Hitchens?...
Washington, DC Photo by Dave Crosby via Flickr If there's one thing most of us have in common here at the NEA---other than a passion for the arts---it's that we're readers. So we polled our colleagues to find out what's on everyone's reading lists this summer. (One blog post isn...
Washington, DC Unai Elorriaga's novel Plants Don't Drink Coffee was one of the few Basque works translated into English this year?okay, it may well be the only Basque work translated into English this year. Despite a strong oral tradition of storytelling, few literary books in Basque?a...
Long Beach, California Conceptual proposal for Urban Lab by Greenmeme: Freya Bardell and Brian Howe. For more than 30 years, the Public Corporation for the Arts of the City of Long Beach---more commonly known as the Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB)---has supported arts and culture activities by...
Washington, DC [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Holly-Bass.mp4 450 273] Holly Bass recites her poem "what's left." [ transcript ] Poet, dancer, trapezist---Holly Bass is a bonafide Washington, DC multihyphenate. In this audio blog, Bass shares her take on living the...
Abbey Lincoln with old friends (and fellow NEA Jazz Masters) Roy Haynes (l) and Wynton Marsalis (r) at the 2008 NEA Jazz Masters Reunion Lunch. Photo courtesy Katja von Schuttenbach "The gift of music is the magic of the world. It is a discipline that increases understanding. And expresses the...
Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
Hartford, Connecticut This diagram shows how the new Connecticut Square and historic Bushnell Park---renovated and restored with moving water---will organize most of downtown's key destinations (shown in white), all within easy walking distance. Courtesy Suisman Urban Design / The Bushnell The...
Washington, DC Hays Holladay (left) and his older brother Ryan collectively form the duo Bluebrain. Photo by NEA staff Brothers Ryan and Hays Holladay, who collectively form the musical duo Bluebrain , grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After stints in New York and Seattle, the brothers returned to DC...

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