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March 31, 2010 Washington, DC Last Friday the National Council on the Arts gathered for the public session of its 169th meeting. Presentations included an appreciation of the late Bess Lomax Hawes, an overview of findings from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts , and a presentation...
March 30, 2010 Washington, DC On Friday, Chairman Rocco Landesman administered the oath of office to Irvin Mayfield as he became the newest member of the National Council on the Arts. Photo by Kathy Plowitz-Worden Grammy-winnning New Orleans jazz musician Irvin Mayfield may be new to the National...
March 30, 2010 Washington, DC The Jews on Vinyl exhibit at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum features a soundtrack of Jewish-American pop music from the 1940s through the 1980s. Photo by Drew Altizer, Contemporary Jewish Museum On his recent multi-city Art Works visit to California, Rocco...
March 29, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco greets NCA member Terry Teachout before the start of the public session of the 169th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. Photo by Kathy Plowitz-Worden Friday was a bit of a gloomy day here in Washington, DC, but things were pretty lively inside the Old...
March 26, 2010 Washington, DC Join the live webcast of the public session of the 169 th meeting of the National Council on the Arts, which will be broadcast from 9:00-10:45 am. The agenda includes the swearing in of jazz musician Irvin Mayfield as the newest?and perhaps youngest ever!?NCA member,...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC The Red Cedar Trio perform Rural Outreach concerts at the tiny rural Czech community near Solon, Iowa. This concert at Sts. Peter and Paul Church featured the music of little-known 19th-century Czech composer Wenceslaus Metiegka. (Photo by Leonard Strutmann) If you...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC Tomorrow morning the NEA will host the public session of the 169th meeting of the National Council on the Arts (NCA) from 9:00-10:45 am. The agenda includes the swearing in of jazz musician Irvin Mayfield as the newest?and perhaps youngest ever!?NCA member, followed by...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC It was great to hear from Jeff Daniels about the Purple Rose Theatre and also to get to see first-hand the transformative effect it's had on Chelsea. (Photo by Elayne Gross) I?ve just returned from a trip to Michigan, which started in Chelsea. Chelsea is a small...
March 23, 2010 Washington, DC NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas has called Frank Gehry's design for the conservatory's new concert hall "playful, inviting, and, yes, life-affirming." Photo by Yamila Lomba As part of the February Art Works tour to Miami, Senior Deputy...
March 23, 2010 Washington, DC 2010 NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef performing at the Jazz Masters Award Ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center, January 12, 2010. Photo by Tom Pich You might say Henry Ford helped make Detroit a prosperous jazz town in the ?20s and ?30s, setting the stage for its peak jazz...

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