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Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC Tune in tomorrow morning, Friday, June 25, to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). What's on the agenda? The announcement of the new recipients of the...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn?t seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...
Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
Washington, DC Gay Hanna (center) at the National Center for Creative Aging's garden symposium with Cynthia Brown of Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, Virginia, and event photographer Ray Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of National Center for Creative Aging. This time of year, when the hydrangea bloom...
Washington, DC Tuulirjuaq (Great Big Loon) by Mayoreak Ashoona, one of the artists featured in the upcoming exhibit Nipirasait: Many Voices (Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC ©Dorset Fine Arts Rocco's headed north---way north---to visit with the director of...
Chicago, Illinois Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (popularly known as "The Bean") is one of the public artworks installed at Chicago's Millennium Park. Kapoor has reportedly said, "What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline ... so that one will see the...
Washington, DC The LA Philharmonic received an NEA grant to support The Tristan Project , a restaging of Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde co-produced with the Paris Opera with video art by Bill Viola. Photo couresty of Matthew Imaging While the NEA Opera Honors is only a few years old, the Arts...

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