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Washington, DC Here I am on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis with (l-r) Justin Huenemann, NACDI President and CEO; Sue Gens, Minnesota State Arts Board Executive Director; Heid Erdrich, Author; and Vickie Benson, McKnight Foundation Arts Programming Director (and President of the Board of Directors,...
Red Hook, New York "We translators work on our own so much that we sometimes forget our work is being read by others, so the fact that other translators judged my work as important and worthy of an [NEA] grant means the world to me."---NEA Literature Translation Fellow Charlotte Mandell...
New York Mills, Minnesota All photos courtesy New York Mills Regional Cultural Center The summer puppet festival celebrates the region's Finnish heritage. Located in west central Minnesota's lake country, the town of New York Mills has been dubbed "one of the top five culturally cool...
Washington, DC You know what they say---instead of complaining about a problem, do something about it. And that?s exactly what Ed Herendeen did. Founder of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Herendeen inaugurated the event in response to what he called...
Shreveport, Louisiana All photos courtesy Shreveport Regional Arts Commission Vintage postcard view of Shreveport, Louisiana's Central Fire Station. Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) supports arts and culture activities in Shreveport and the northwest region of Louisiana. Having...
St. Paul, Minnesota 2010 NEA Literature Fellow Matthew Batt. Photo courtesy author Matthew Batt?s fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in Tin House , Mid-American Review , and the San Francisco Chronicle , among numerous other publications. Batt received a 2010 NEA...
St. Paul, Minnesota All photos courtesy Hmong Cultural Center, St. Paul, Minnesota A student performs on the qeej, a tradtional Hmong instrument. We recently spoke with Txongpao Lee, director of the Hmong Cultural Center of Minnesota. Located in St. Paul, the Center serves the 52,000 Hmong (...
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...

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