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Washington, DC Image by Beth Schlenoff from 2008 event celebrating Abraham Lincoln and poetry Abraham Lincoln was a great admirer of poetry, and it's not surprising that during his lifetime---and especially after his 1865 assassination---that he inspired (and continues to inspire) the nation...
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Washington, DC In this week's Art Works podcast we're talking with playwright, actor, and activist Anna Deavere Smith. Smith came to national prominence with her one-woman show Fires in the Mirror , a play she composed from conversations with people who experienced or observed New York'...
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Washington, DC Jody Tableporter. Photo courtesy Harvard University Graduate School of Design For the past six years, the National Endowment for the Arts has partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency to sponsor the Governors’ Institute on Community Design . The Governors’...
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Washington, DC The Carolina Chocolate Drops---(l-r) Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson---performing with NEA Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson (second from right). Photo by Lissa Gotwals The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bit of an anomaly. At the heart of their...
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Austin, Texas by Kirk Lynn, Co-Producing Artistic Director, Rude Mechanicals Paul Soileau in a scene from the workshop production of Rude Mechanicals' I've Never Been So Happy , one of the plays featured at Arena Stage's #NewPlay Festival. Photo by Stephen Pruitt, courtesy of Rude Mechs...
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Washington, DC Maytime (1923), to be preserved with contributed matching funds raised for the Save America's Treasures grant. Image courtesy of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Imagine an entire chapter of lost American history, rediscovered overnight. That's what happened when it...
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Washington, DC Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series , "Panel 1?During World War I, there was a great migration North by Southern African Americans." Image courtesy of Phillips Collection The Great Migration is a milestone in United States history: the movement of about two million African...
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Washington, DC A collection of cyanotype photographs was digitally reproduced and exhibited as a part of the NEA-supported conservation project, including "The Old Folks at Home," taken in 1900 by a photographer belonging to Hampton University's Camera Club. American colleges and...
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New York, NY "Social Dress Buffalo" (installation view, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University) © Takashi Horisaki Working primarily in sculpture Japanese visual artist Takashi Horisaki has exhibited widely at venues including New York City's Socrates Sculpture Park and St...
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Washington, DC 2008 rendering of the new campus for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the site of last week's #NewPlay Covening. Image courtesy Arena Stage Last week, as part of a new work convening at Arena Stage , I was able to finally spark a conversation that I have been...
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