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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...
Washington, DC Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, a Miami native, has earned quite a few frequent flier miles in recent years. In October 2008, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, produced McCraney?s trilogy, collectively titled The Brother/Sister Plays , as an NEA Outstanding New...
February 15, 2010 Washington, DC Because of the record-setting snow, the federal government was closed last Monday-Thursday. As a result, we are extending the Art Works logo proposal due date to 5:00pm EST, Friday, March 5th. If you haven't already, check out the Art Works logo design RFP at...
February 5, 2010 Washington, DC The NEA is interested in seeing how the phrase "Art Works" resonates with the American public, and so we announced that we are seeking an image that captures all three of its meanings. Since we believe that art works for everyone, this is meant as an opportunity to...
February 2, 2010 Miami, Florida Rocco received a warm welcome (pun intended) yesterday as he and NEA Senior Deputy Chair Joan Shigekawa toured Miami, the fifth stop on the national Art Works tour. Focusing on Miami's thriving design culture, stops included the city's renowned Design and...
February 1, 2010 Washington, DC How would you represent the phrase "art works" in a single image? "Art works" is Rocco's guiding principle for his work at the NEA. The phrase has three meanings: "art works" are the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other...
January 29, 2010 Washington, DC Concluding his January 6th PBS News Hour interview with Rocco , PBS's Jeffrey Brown invited the public to send in follow-up questions and comments. Mr. Brown has published Rocco's responses on his blog...

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