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National Council on the Arts

A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with two of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, David “Mas” Masumoto and Maria Lopez de Leon . As we chatted, it became clear that the arts formed a common thread between Masumoto and de Leon despite their very different...
What better way to welcome Dr. Bruce Carter to the National Council on the Arts than by introducing him to you, our beautiful reading public? A resident of Miami Beach, Carter received his master’s in music from the Peabody Conservatory and his PhD in music education from Northwestern...
"Chicago Theatre, State Street" by Kevin Dooley "Communities need artists and artists need communities to mutually inspire and create spaces for true discourse that can lead to positive change." --- Deepa Gupta New National Council on the Arts member Deepa Gupta lives in Chicago...
October 18. 2012 Irvin Mayfield takes a solo during his gig with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Josh Goleman, courtesy of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra In what may have been a first for the NEA, earlier this month, National Council on the Arts members Irvin Mayfield and...
Waterlilies by Barbara Ernst Prey. Watercolor, 28" x 40". Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist. It's summertime, which means more sunshine, more beach time, and more time to enjoy the arts. In anticipation of today's convening of the National Council on the Arts (which we...
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2012. Of Morrison's work, the president said, "I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid and not just trying to figure out how to...
NEA Jazz Masters Hank Jones, Barry Harris, and Billy Taylor at the inaugural NEA Jazz Masters Concert and Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich Before the winter holidays, we asked some jazz fans we know to give us their picks for favorite songs and albums. We heard from Joanne Stevens (director of Jazz...
Aaron Dworkin. Photo by Mike Mouradian "Every challenge is an opportunity for artistic creativity...." --- Aaron Dworkin This past August, Aaron Dworkin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the NEA. An accomplished...
Washington, DC R. Philip Hanes, Jr. (2nd from right) in 1966 with (l-r) National Council on the Arts member Harper Lee, NEA Chairman Roger Stevens, and National Council on the Arts member Agnes de Mille. This photograph is one of nearly 200 images from the first six years of the National Council on...
Washington, DC Archival photo from the very first meeting of the National Council on the Arts held April 9-10, 1965. Recognize anyone? Photo courtesy of Philip Hanes, Jr. Boy, does time fly! We're just a couple of days away from the fall meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The public...

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