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by David J. Loehr, editor and artistic director, 2amt David J. Loehr. Photo by Heather Loehr Photography I was always the one in the back of the class, passing notes and making jokes. If you follow my personal Twitter account ( @dloehr ), this will not surprise you. Sure, I could follow along, read...
“Signals,” a collaboration between Casey Reas and Ben Fry, depicts an image where each graphical cluster represents signals between networked proteins in a cancer cell as they change over time. "The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious—the fundamental...
Washington, DC In case you missed it at the National Council on the Arts meeting last week, here's Ann Markusen presenting her new report (produced with Anne Gadwa) on creative placemaking, commissioned by the Mayors' Institute on City Design. You can download a pdf of the report from our...
Washington, DC Rocco restarts his Art Works tour with a trip to North Carolina. He will be in Winston-Salem and Greensboro on September 10 and 11. Highlights of the trip include a town hall discussion at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts entitled ?Art Works: The Impact of Arts and...
March 18, 2010 Washington, DC And he?s off . . . to Michigan, that is. Rocco?s heading to the Midwest next week touching down in Chelsea on Monday, March 22 and heading on to Detroit on Tuesday, March 23. In Chelsea (population 5,005), the day kicks off with a tour of the Purple Rose Theatre hosted...
March 15, 2010 San Diego, CA Ian Campbell. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Opera Ian Campbell, general and artistic director of the San Diego Opera, has a dream: that one day soon, the city of San Diego will have an art center downtown. Campbell spoke with NEA?s Josephine Reed about the importance...
March 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Guest Blogger - Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund Today, Rocco Landesman and I are enjoying a pizza lunch with the developers of City Arts and the community and arts leaders driving the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In effect this...
March 5, 2010 Washington, DC Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio program American Routes , lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. He talked with the NEA's Josephine Reed about how Philadelphia?s arts and culture have evolved over the years. [...
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC One of the key components of an Art Works visit is the public roundtable discussion with community leaders. These sessions explore cross-sector issues central to that locale's arts and cultural development. Back on February 1st, as part of his Art Works trip to Miami,...
February 26, 2010 Washington, DC What do gardens, Puerto Rican cuisine, and mask-making have in common? The Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) in lower North Philadelphia tapped into all three in imaginative ways to transform their formally derelict neighborhood into a place of beauty, joy,...

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