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Washington, DC This week’s podcast is a conversation with the directors of Youngblood, the theater group focused on playwrights under 30. Theater is not an easy business. Getting a play produced is difficult at any age, but if you’re young and without a track record, you can multiply...
Washington, DC American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland in Swan Lake. Photo by Gene Schiavone Perhaps more than any other type of artist, the ballerina possesses a certain inexplicable mystique. The incredible grace and physicality required of ballet dancers makes them seem of another, more...
Washington, DC NEA Heritage Fellow Richard Hagopian performs Armenian music on the oud , accompanied by his grandson, Andrew Hagopian, on the dumbeg . The performance was given at the San Joaquin River Center in honor of Rocco's visit to Fresno. Video by Jon Ching, courtesy of the Alliance for...
Washington, DC [aslideshow play=true playframe=false panel=false height=650 width=450 imgresize=true effect=fade style="background-color: #000;"] First Steps by Mitchell Jamieson, 1963 [/aslideshow] If you've been following our recent blog posts , you'll know that the NEA loves to...
Washington, DC Different Strokes / The Chicago Bean by papalars via flickr A growing number of us, by choice or by vocation, are in the habit of discussing the arts in empirical terms. Whether it's a matter of public policy, justifying one's own activity as an artist or arts professional,...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast concludes our interview with Sean Wilentz about Bob Dylan. Wilentz is the author of Bob Dylan in America as well as the historian of Bob Dylan’s website. Wilentz blends passion, appreciation, and a deep sense of Dylan’s place in American culture...
Washington, DC Rocco as Pharaoh in the "Discover Egypt" section of the San Diego Museum of Man. I started my recent whirlwind trip at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, where I delivered the Blashfield Address . I think it went very well. I was eager to have a chance to talk...
John Kennedy Toole received posthumously the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces . The comic novel was published by Lousiana State University Press, with support from the Arts Endowment. When A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980, a remarkable new novel entered into the nation...
Washington, DC Community by Jacob Lawrence (1989) Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, Queens. Photo by Carol Highsmith If you’ve ever served on jury duty, you know it can sometimes be a painful process. It disrupts daily schedules. Selection can be unsettling. You spend a lot of...
Washington, DC This week’s music-filled podcast marks the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan in the first of a two-part interview with his biographer, Sean Wilentz. Wilentz is a cultural historian with musical chops: he’s received a Deems Taylor award for musical commentary and a Grammy...

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