Art Works Blog

Detroit

This week's podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities...
Washington, DC Margarita Barry. Photo by Kennette Lamar Detroit is often cited as a national symbol of fallen fortune: its shrinking population, poor economy, and high crime rates are continually used by media outlets as examples of what’s wrong with this country. But Margarita Barry wants...
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...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC It was great to hear from Jeff Daniels about the Purple Rose Theatre and also to get to see first-hand the transformative effect it's had on Chelsea. (Photo by Elayne Gross) I?ve just returned from a trip to Michigan, which started in Chelsea. Chelsea is a small...
March 23, 2010 Washington, DC 2010 NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef performing at the Jazz Masters Award Ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center, January 12, 2010. Photo by Tom Pich You might say Henry Ford helped make Detroit a prosperous jazz town in the ?20s and ?30s, setting the stage for its peak jazz...
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...