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Today we announced the third round of Our Town grants . These will bring us up to 190(!) grants in all 50 states plus DC, with all shapes and sizes of communities doing creative placemaking. Some very cool new types of projects popped up this year. For the first time ever we're funding an opera...
Thursday was an exciting night for the field of social impact design---a term that refers to design work that benefits the broader public good. A year after the Social Impact Design Summit brought together 35 social impact design thought leaders, practitioners, and academics, the Smithsonian’...
Where do you find public art? Do you see it every day, in murals in your neighborhood or an art installation on your campus? Have you traveled to visit destinations like Mount Rushmore or Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park? There is a new tool to help you find public art--- the Public Art...
Making Science Intimate Earworm (node) by Deborah Aschheim, 2008, speakers, LED's, plastic, copper tubing. This sound sculpture translates the musicians' improvisation on the word "node,"(which brings up associations of connectivity in an information network, or mutation/...
­­­­ The new farmers market in Windsor, North Carolina, built by the students of Studio H. Photo courtesy of Project H Design Five years ago, Emily Pilloton was living the typical cubicle lifestyle in San Francisco, where she earned a steady income, had a desk, and designed...
Memphis, Tennessee Renderings of the proposed facade of 477 S. Main, from Rebecca Conrad at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Memphis, Tennessee, incorporated in 1826, is known for its rich and vibrant culture. The city government has been focusing on leveraging and amplifying the city's arts...
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...
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 5, 2010 Washington, DC The NEA is interested in seeing how the phrase "Art Works" resonates with the American public, and so we announced that we are seeking an image that captures all three of its meanings. Since we believe that art works for everyone, this is meant as an opportunity to...
February 2, 2010 Miami, Florida Rocco received a warm welcome (pun intended) yesterday as he and NEA Senior Deputy Chair Joan Shigekawa toured Miami, the fifth stop on the national Art Works tour. Focusing on Miami's thriving design culture, stops included the city's renowned Design and...

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