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Washington, DC Rocco?s been in New York City this week listening in on a session of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD). He spoke briefly at Wednesday?s opening reception before introducing Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, who?s been a driving force?as Rocco put it---in putting ?the arts and...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC Adele Chatfield-Taylor (left) talking to NEA?s Josephine Reed at the New York office of the American Academy in Rome. Photo by Kate Attardo What's one art form you can't avoid no matter how hard you try? Adele Chatfield-Taylor, a former NEA Director of Design (hint,...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC William Farley of Arlington, Virginia, took top honors at the 2009 Poetry Out Loud Finals with dynamic recitations of three poems, including William Carlos Williams' "Danse Russe." Photo by James Kegley From ?an orphan earring, opal pried out? to a ?daughter digging a...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan signs books for fans after her reading in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster What does U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan think about when she has quiet time? The answer will definitely...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC Jason Schupbach. Photo courtesy of Mr. Schupbach Photo courtesy of Jason Schupbach This May Jason Schupbach will join the NEA as the Director of Design. Having held posts as the Creative Economy Industry Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC During an afternoon session of the Mayor's Institute on City Design, the participating mayors visited several sites in New York City that were of especial interest in terms of urban design, including the Hudson River Park, Westbeth Artist Housing, and the High Line...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Blues 5 Spot , Martel Chapman, 2004 If Charlie Parker?s playing, John Coltrane?s playing, I cannot write a word. I cannot read a word. . . . In our continuing celebration of national poetry month and jazz appreciation month, here's poet and jazz writer A.B. Spellman on...
April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Me with 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams (left) during the NEA Jazz Master celebration. Photo by Tom Pich I didn?t hear much jazz when I was growing up. My parents played mostly country/western, and, with apologies to Rocco, it was not pleasant to hear George...
Washington, DC Today Rocco was on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies chaired by James P. Moran (D-VA) with Ranking Member Michael K. Simpson (R-ID). The Chairman presented the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget...
April 13, 2010 Washington, DC If you watched the new HBO series Treme to the end of the pilot episode last Sunday, you would have seen actual musicians mingling with the actors, including Elvis Costello, New Orleans legend Kermit Ruffins, and...2006 NEA National Heritage Fellows, the Treme Brass...

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