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Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year's Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival , which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an exchange of ideas---...
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...
“In the Lakota language, there is no single word that translates to ‘art,’” said Peter Strong, director of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School . In an e-mail, he said that instead, “There are words that mean ‘bringing out the beauty’ of an object...
When I was in Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (left) and Michael Thomas Maher of the Charleston Civic Design Center showed me the plans for transforming neglected open space in the Gaillard Center Arts Precinct. The project received one of our inaugural Our Town grants. Photo courtesy of South Carolina...
Luis Ubiñas. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation I am often asked why I have such a deep commitment to the arts. It’s because I see the arts as part of what will deliver us from this time of deep economic and, more importantly, spiritual dislocation. The arts can heal, and the arts can...
Carol Coletta. Photo courtesy of Ms. Coletta Yesterday, I was honored to announce the establishment of ArtPlace , a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of...