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Here I am in Greensboro with Linda Carlisle, Jim Gallucci of Jim Gallucci Sculptor Ltd. who designed the gates for the project, Scott Richardson of Light Designs Form who was the lighting designer for the project, and Chuck Cornelio President of Retirement Services for Lincoln Financial Group. You...
Here I am with Saralyn Reece Hardy, who directed the NEA's museums and visual arts programs from 1999-2002. Saralyn's now the director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas As I wrote...
Here I am with my fellow panelists from the creative placemaking discussion at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. From l-r: Joy Pennington, Arkansas Arts Council; Beth Weidower, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative; Bob Hupp, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Warwick Sabin,...
Here I am in Ajo with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance staff who are working to restore Ajo’s town plaza. And now, here’s the scoop on the second part of my California and Arizona trip. After Los Angeles, it was on to Phoenix. There, of course, our host was our own National...
I’ve been California---and Arizona---dreaming for the last couple of weeks. This was probably my longest trip that I’ve had so far at the NEA. I flew into Sacramento, and went right out to Yolo County to visit the Yolo County Art & Ag project, which has received an ArtPlace grant...
Here I am in Evanston meeting with local civic and arts leaders about the city's Our Town project. Photos by Eric Palmer, City of Evanston, Illinois. Last week I was in Chicago for a tour of two great projects: the Our Town grant we made to the City of Evanston , and then an ArtPlace-supported...
So I thought I’d work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with a pre-holiday trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. We started out in Dubuque, and met up there with Bill O’Brien, our senior advisor for program innovation, who’s a native Dubuquer. He immediately provided me with...
Here I am with Louise Slaughter (and Rochester's News Channel 10) during our visit to the George Eastman House. Photo courtesy of George Eastman House. I’m just back from a fairly intense and jam packed trip to western New York. We started in Schenectady where they were having the annual...
Washington, DC Here I am at the Wexner Arts Center with Sherri Geldin, the center's director, Dr. Gordon Gee, OSU president, and Charlotte Kessler from our National Council of the Arts. Photo by A.J. Zanyk I started off this week with a trip to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This was quite a...
Washington, DC Rocco will return to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to kick off Illuminate: Year of the Arts, a year-long celebration of the power and purpose of the arts. From September 2010 to August 2011, the university has planned more than 300 performances, exhibitions,...

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