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Washington, DC If you’r'e interested in someone who’s garnered 45 Academy Award nominations, five Academy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and 20 Grammy awards, then tune into this week’s podcast and listen to a conversation with composer, conductor, and 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to...
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'...
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...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Washington, DC Author Luis Alberto Urrea didn’t know much about Kankakee, Illinois, when he was first asked to read there. After all, he was warned to watch out for turkeys in the road when driving there. So imagine his surprise to find a city in the midst of revitalization. Well, let’s...
Washington, DC Who better to discuss the new class of NEA Jazz Masters than noted jazz historian, archivist, and scholar Dan Morgenstern (an NEA Jazz Master himself)? As director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University and Grammy Award-winning annotator of record albums (can we even...
Providence, Rhode Island Called a ?revolutionary organization in which the distinction between performing and teaching disappears? by the New Yorker , Community MusicWorks provides instrument instruction, leadership development, and other community-based programs to the distressed Providence, Rhode...
Washington, DC While we consider Oklahoma! a traditional classic musical, when the Rodgers and Hammerstein show opened on Broadway in 1943, it was quite groundbreaking. It was one of the first musicals in which the songs and dance numbers were as integral to the storytelling as the dialogue. When...

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