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Creative Placemaking

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks, Lafayette College President Dan Weiss, me, Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, & NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach at the July 15 MICD 25 grants announcement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by Victoria Hutter I was...
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Artist rendering of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks by Westlake Reed Leskosky This morning Rocco's in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to announce our new MICD 25 grants , which will support 21 creative placemaking projects. To paraphrase Rocco's remarks from this...
Washington, DC In today's vlog, NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach's talking "creative placemaking" . . . If you missed the first vlog in our community design series, check it out here or visit the NEA on YouTube.
Washington, DC In honor of our new YouTube channel , we've got a "definitive" vlog from NEA Director of Design Jason Schupbach.
April 2, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco?s Art Works trip to Michigan on March 22 and 23 was a study in contrasts. He saw art in a rural setting and a big city environment. He saw spectacular new buildings not far from abandoned and deteriorating structures. And he saw an arts community with enormous...
March 18, 2010 Washington, DC And he?s off . . . to Michigan, that is. Rocco?s heading to the Midwest next week touching down in Chelsea on Monday, March 22 and heading on to Detroit on Tuesday, March 23. In Chelsea (population 5,005), the day kicks off with a tour of the Purple Rose Theatre hosted...
February 26, 2010 Washington, DC What do gardens, Puerto Rican cuisine, and mask-making have in common? The Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) in lower North Philadelphia tapped into all three in imaginative ways to transform their formally derelict neighborhood into a place of beauty, joy,...
January 26, 2010 Washington, DC On Friday, January 15, the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman had an opportunity to visit Memphis, Tennesee, a momentous site in Civil Rights history, now home to several cultural revitalization initiatives. He was invited by the...
January 21, 2010 Washington, DC "...art makes communities better: prouder, more cohesive, individuated. We know and recognize cities by their special architecture and parks and sculpture gardens and neighborhood arts fairs. And there's no such thing as just music: there's hip-hop in LA...
January 14, 2010 Washington, DC "River City" is the next stop on Rocco Landesman's "Art Works" tour across America. The NEA Chair has arrived in Memphis, Tennessee, at the invitation of Barbara and Pitt Hyde of the Hyde Family Foundations for a full day of activity tomorrow...

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