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March 10, 2010 Washington, DC In 1976 Kathryn Bigelow was a 26-year-old abstract painter with an interest in film. She applied for and won a grant for $2,000 from the Arts Endowment to make a short film, The Set-Up . The 17-minute film featured two men (one was a young Gary Busey) beating up on...
March 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Guest Blogger - Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund Today, Rocco Landesman and I are enjoying a pizza lunch with the developers of City Arts and the community and arts leaders driving the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In effect this...
March 5, 2010 Washington, DC Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio program American Routes , lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. He talked with the NEA's Josephine Reed about how Philadelphia?s arts and culture have evolved over the years. [...
March 3, 2010 Washington, DC Yesterday I was on the road again, this time to Philadelphia, which I think is one of the great models for what we?ve started to talk about here at the NEA. It's a city that really gets it about the cultural economy. It's inspiring to see the commitment of Mayor Nutter...
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC We've just posted a thorough FAQ (pdf) that covers every aspect of the Art Works logo design RFP and submission process. Since the deadline for submission is quickly approaching - this Friday, March 5 at 5:00 p.m. EST - please check this out if you have any questions.
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC One of the key components of an Art Works visit is the public roundtable discussion with community leaders. These sessions explore cross-sector issues central to that locale's arts and cultural development. Back on February 1st, as part of his Art Works trip to Miami,...
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco's hitting the road again on Tuesday, this time heading north to visit Philadelphia at the invitation of Jeremy Nowak, president and CEO for The Reinvestment Fund, and Professor Mark Stern, co-director of the Social Impact of the Arts Project. The Chairman's visit...
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,...
February 26, 2010 Washington, DC Congratulations to the new recipients of the National Medal of Arts, including Bob Dylan, Rita Moreno, Maya Lin, and the Oberlin Conservatory. The highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government, the National Medal of Arts is...
Perhaps no past president has inspired artwork by so many artists as Abraham Lincoln. From poetry to drama to the visual arts to symphonic music, numerous artists have made art that celebrates, investigates, and endeavors to understand the complicated 16th president. Joining their ranks is the...

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