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Although it was an exhibit on medieval instruments that first introduced Olga Viso to the power of the arts, her career has since leaped a few centuries beyond this early interest. Since 2008, she has served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, one of the country’s...
“Dear March — Come in — How glad I am — I hoped for you before — ” Although Emily Dickinson found poetic inspiration in every season, spring for her held special appeal. “Spring to her was the great subject,” said Dr. Judith Farr, a Dickinson scholar...
The NEA awarded a 2013 Art Works grant to Media Alliance in Troy, New York, to support BioArt in the Industrial Wasteland , a series of artist residencies that sought to create do-it-yourself solutions to ecological challenges. One of the visiting artists was Natalie Jeremijenko . A native of...
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer, and director. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies. In April of 2014, she will pilot a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in Washington, DC...
"I believe that the artist can propose new perspectives and expand existing perspectives. The artist should act as a kind of mediator of a different culture and field to the public. I believe art can really do that, and at times can transcend past politics or cultural barriers. I believe a...
Ever since the first Irishmen and women arrived in this country, they have contributed their unique experience to all aspects of American life, including literature. Through their writing, they have reflected how their Irish heritage both connects and isolates them from the rest of American society...
"We have to figure out how to increase the value that people put on the arts. We have to figure out how to show people that it's important in everybody's lives… " -- Rick Lowe Long before creative placemaking became a buzzword, thanks to Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe...
This month we kick off Learning From Abroad , a webinar series focusing on international design issues. The first webinar will take place Wednesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm ET, and will focus on the finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize. The following is a guest post on the prize from...
"If I were to win loads and loads of money, I would plant theaters, proper theaters, in each and every township in South Africa." -- Thoko Ntshinga For South African actress Thoko Ntshinga, her art and her community are inseparable. Having grown up under Apartheid, Ntshinga sees it as her...
"Why do people need opera? To feel that they are people, human. Opera, like no other art form, 'talks, sings' to people using a language of noble emotions, without triviality, and teaches us important lessons without moralizing. The beauty of the music is intensified by acting, and the...

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