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Washington, DC Frank Stella first made his name in the visual arts as one of the Abstract Expressionists. From there he broadened his approach, designing sets for choreographer Merce Cunningham and moving from painting into sculptures. Soon he was painting cars for BMW and creating large-scale...
Washington, DC In case you missed it at the National Council on the Arts meeting last week, here's Ann Markusen presenting her new report (produced with Anne Gadwa) on creative placemaking, commissioned by the Mayors' Institute on City Design. You can download a pdf of the report from our...
Los Angeles, California Broadway Arts Center, proposed site. Photo by Stephen Friday The Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, California, generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors through its grantmaking and arts programming activities...
Washington, DC The NEA Opera Honors recognized its third class of honorees on Friday October 22 in Washington, DC. Soprano Martina Arroyo, general director David DiChiera, composer Philip Glass, and music director Eve Queler were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to opera in America...
Austin, Texas Houston's Craft Garden is one of the many projects supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Photo courtesy Houston Center for Contemporary Craft As I listened to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman address the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2010 Assembly in Austin earlier...
Washington, DC Most people don't see prison as an opportunity to develop their career. Of course most people don't go on to develop their own genre of music either. That's because most people aren't Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music." Brown talked to us about his...
Washington, DC Archival photo from the very first meeting of the National Council on the Arts held April 9-10, 1965. Recognize anyone? Photo courtesy of Philip Hanes, Jr. Boy, does time fly! We're just a couple of days away from the fall meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The public...
New York City, New York Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera, in the HD truck. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Today we're talking with Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, about why you don't need to be in New York City to attend a performance...
Tampa, Florida from l-r: Girlstories Theatre Founder and Executive Director Fran Powers and Girlstories Theatre youth representative Naomi Diaz with First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards held last week at the White House. Photo by Michael J.N...
Washington, DC Artsready.org is a go-to site for readiness planning. Image courtesy South Arts Years ago, a techie advisor on NPR described the world as two groups of people: ?Those that back up their data?and those who will.? We don't like to admit it, but we're all prone to unexpected...

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