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In June 2000, the international research collaboration known as the Human Genome Project published a "rough draft" of the complete set of genetic information in humans. This milestone generated perhaps more scientific and media hype than when a final draft was completed three years later...
"I know what improvisation gives you. It gives you freedom of expression. And most people, even if you're a classical musician and play in an orchestra and so forth, and say that you don't want to improvise, I know deep down inside of you, you would like to improvise. It's like...
“Portraiture….can reveal things about both photographer and the sitter.” -- Susan Behrends Frank, Associate Curator for Research, Phillips Collection Now that "selfie" is officially in the dictionary, it can be easy to forget that photography is still a relatively new...
When Kwayera Archer Cunningham, a trained dancer, returned to Flatbush, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York she was struck by the dearth of high-quality arts opportunities for residents. She was also convinced that for the community's young people to succeed in life, they needed to develop a...
Whether it's hip hop or baroque or jazz or country-western, we all like some kind of music. For musician and scientist Parag Chordia it's Indian classical music that most deeply moves him. Chordia the artist has pursued this musical love, even taking a year off from school to study with a...
Last Friday, the White House hosted the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards , which honored 12 organizations across the country for their outstanding work with children. One of the honorees was Project AIM , which uses the arts to engage with pediatric oncology patients receiving...
As you may have seen, we recently had some big news in Big Read-land : the novels The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu and When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka will be joining our roster of Big Read titles for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. The Beautiful Things That Heaven...
Every couple of months, in a city somewhere in the U.S., a small group of mayors gathers with a small group of design professionals. Over a couple of days, they brainstorm solutions to some of the most significant design and planning challenges facing our cities. The format is simple: mayors each...
Probably anyone who's ever taken a creative writing course has heard the phrase, "Show don't tell." For visual artist Andrea Polli, that's also pretty good advice when it comes to talking about climate change. Polli works at the fertile crossroads of digital media and ecology...
Like many professions, arts journalism has fractured and morphed with the impact of technology. Those who practice arts journalism have also changed and include not only critics and reporters, but artists as well. Jacqueline E. Lawton is a DC-based playwright whose work has been presented at...

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