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Washington, DC Congressman Aaron Schock (l) presented me with this wonderful Art Works poster when I visited him on Capitol Hill last week. It's actually a collage made up of 2,700 photos submitted by local artists. The poster is now hanging in the Chairman's office at the NEA. Photo...
New Orleans, Louisiana Built as a private residence in the late 1700s, New Orleans' French Quarter stalwart Preservation Hall reinvented itself as a performing arts venue in 1961. Today the venerable venue presents New Orleans-style jazz nightly thanks to a number of house bands---including the...
Asheville, North Carolina Scott Walters , Director, Center for Rural Arts Development and Leadership Education Scott Walters. Photo by Rob Bowen On February 22nd, I was invited to attend a meeting with NEA Chair Rocco Landesman and about a dozen leaders of arts service organizations to discuss the...
Washington, DC Colorful Art , by Leogirly4life via Flickr When we look at the growth of not-for-profit arts organizations---particularly of performing arts groups---and the declines in attendance over a comparable period, it becomes hard not to declare a state of disequilibrium. As Chairman...
Washington, DC If you’r'e interested in someone who’s garnered 45 Academy Award nominations, five Academy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and 20 Grammy awards, then tune into this week’s podcast and listen to a conversation with composer, conductor, and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient...
Washington, DC The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange performing The Matter of Origins . Photo by Jaclyn Borowski At the National Science Foundation building in Arlington, Virginia, an exciting conference has been taking place over the last two days on the intersection of life sciences and arts: Symbiotic...
Washington, DC Porcupine quill basket by Jeremy Frey. Photo by Theresa Secord Jeremy Frey is a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. Based in Maine, he specializes in ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as porcupine quillwork. As a young boy, Jeremy enjoyed drawing and woodcarving, eventually learning...
Washington, DC Bassey Ikpi. Photo courtesy of artist Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born writer who was a featured cast member in the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam . She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her mother’s knee. As a child...
New York City, New York Jesse L. Martin (r) with Byron Jennings in William Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale , directed by Michael Greif, part of the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park. Photo by Joan Marcus You may recognize Virginia native Jesse L. Martin from his 198 episodes (according to IMDB...

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