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In this week's podcast , we meet Mary Zimmerman. Zimmerman is an acclaimed director known throughout the theater world for her visually arresting and innovative work. With her lyrical storytelling and dazzling staging in works such as The Odyssey , The Arabian Nights , Secrets in the Wings ,...
Video games have long been a part of American youth and entertainment culture. But recently, there has been debate about whether they are part of our country's artistic canon as well. In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more fascinating projects that bring art and...
While relatively unknown to the American public, the recent passing of Shomei Tomatsu left the photography world grieving. The January 2013 obituary from The Guardian for Tomatsu called him one of “the most influential Japanese photographer[s] of the postwar era.” Tomatsu grew up as...
Amanda Detmer and Sanaa Lathan in the West Coast premiere of Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, which uses the Internet to expand the main character's persona. Photo by Michael Lamont In our new issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the incredible projects that have resulted...
Kickstarter founders, from left right: Charles Adler, Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler. Photo by Jon Vachon In the latest issue of NEA Arts , we look at some of the more interesting projects that marry technology and the arts. One of the most successful examples of this marriage is Kickstarter, which...
Crayola Lincoln Logs by flickr user laffy4k It’s not given to every government to define creativity, much less to avail of creative methods, backed by rigorous standards and statistics, for tweaking that definition when necessary. Britain can show the way in both respects. As explained...
This week's podcast introduces Jennie C. Jones, winner of the 2012 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an award given by the Studio Museum in Harlem and established by NEA Jazz Master George Wein . Jones casts her artistic net into wide and brilliant waters. Working from a minimalist aesthetic,...
By Hasan Bakhshi, director of creative industries in the Policy & Research Unit of Nesta , an independent, London-based charity with a mission "to help people and organizations bring great ideas to life." Hasan Bakhshi. Photo courtesy of Mr. Bakhshi The British government’s...
What better way to welcome Dr. Bruce Carter to the National Council on the Arts than by introducing him to you, our beautiful reading public? A resident of Miami Beach, Carter received his master’s in music from the Peabody Conservatory and his PhD in music education from Northwestern...
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’...

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