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Knock knock. Who’s there? Winona Varnon. Winona Varnon who? Our new management and budget chief—and a former stand-up comedian—that’s who. Law school might have put an end to her comedy career, but lucky for us she still loves the arts! We spoke with Winona about her...
"[A]rt works as a verb to make lives better, to inspire learning, to express emotion, to heal and grow, to add value, to add to the quality of life."---Marisa Marinos So you know that person who always introduces herself in the elevator, has a stack of K-cups at the ready so she can...
Through the Distinguished Service Awards program, employees across the federal government are recognized for their outstanding contributions in furthering their agencies' missions. This year, the NEA recognized the work of ten colleagues: Jillian Miller, Bonnie Nichols, Kathy Plowitz-Worden,...
In just a few short weeks, 53 young people from all over the U.S. will converge on Washington, DC, to compete for the hard-won title of 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. Many of us at the NEA will happily be in the audience on April 29 and 30 cheering them on, and at the same time being...
Joan Shigekawa. Photo courtesy of Ms. Shigekawa Joan Shigekawa may be new to her position as acting chairman of the NEA, but having served as the agency’s senior deputy chairman since 2009, she has already more than made her mark. From her intimate involvement with the agency's...
If you're a regular reader of the Art Works Art Talks, you'll know that oftentimes we end our interviews by asking, "What does Art Works mean to you?" And if you've ever heard---or read---one of Rocco's speeches, then you know all about the trifecta of meanings we pack...
Here's my photo of Tom Rand's photo of the interior of Chicago's Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. It's one of the pieces of art that's always part of my "art wall." --- PB Everyone remembers their first. First crush, first kiss, first heartbreak. But what about firsts of a...
NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Photo courtesy of Ms. Hudson Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA's new director of arts...