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Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
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Washington, DC The Del McCoury Band. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry Del McCoury is that rare musician who can appear traditional and innovative at the same time. He?s played with bluegrass founder Bill Monroe and the rock band Phish. He?s recorded traditional songs as well as ones written by...
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Washington, DC What is the responsibility of those that survive? This question that Julia Alvarez asks in her novel In the Time of the Butterflies is a thread that runs through Alvarez's literary life. In this week's NEA podcast Alvarez---a child of Dominican parents who didn't publish...
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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...
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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...
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Washington, DC Unai Elorriaga's novel Plants Don't Drink Coffee was one of the few Basque works translated into English this year?okay, it may well be the only Basque work translated into English this year. Despite a strong oral tradition of storytelling, few literary books in Basque?a...
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Washington, DC [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Holly-Bass.mp4 450 273] Holly Bass recites her poem "what's left." [ transcript ] Poet, dancer, trapezist---Holly Bass is a bonafide Washington, DC multihyphenate. In this audio blog, Bass shares her take on living the...
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Washington, DC Although 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow Joel Nelson is known as a cowboy poet, it might be best not to mention it to him because he doesn't like the term. He thinks people might dismiss that type of poetry as trivial, and they would be wrong to do so. As he says, cowboy poetry...
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Washington, DC Summertime, and the living is-well, here in DC it's just plain hot. A good time to get out of town and vacate someplace cooler. And what could be cooler than one of those majestic areas of the United States, the National Parks' Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns certainly thinks...
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Washington, DC August 3, 2010 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellow Chuck Brown. Photo by Tom Pich You might think that---unlike Chicago or Nashville or New Orleans---the only "music" to be heard in DC is the sound of official motorcades or pontificating politicians. But, in fact, thanks to...
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