Art Works Blog

Rocco Landesman

Washington, DC As you can see from our latest issue of NEA Arts , arts and community is very much a topic of conversation at the NEA. I think the theme for my last few outings has been musicians, museums, and mayors. I hope you all saw our coverage of the NEA Jazz Masters events at Jazz at Lincoln...
New York City, New York Photos by Frank Stewart 2011 NEA Jazz Master David Liebman (left) on saxophone with Justin DiCiocco (Chairman, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Division) during the January 11, 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. At an event like this one, we feel the whole continuity...
New York, New York Text and photos by Paulette Beete One of the highlights of the NEA Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert is always the pre-concert group photo of all the Jazz Masters. Needless to say trying to wrangle a roomful of musicians---many of whom have known each other for years and relish...
Kansas City, Missouri Members of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company perform at the 2010 LIVE! in the Crossroads Concert Series, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, in the historic Kansas City Crossroads Arts District. Photo © April Befort, 2010 Last week I spent two days in...
Washington, DC by Rocco Landesman When I make the case for investing in the arts, I use just two words that have three meanings: "Art works." "Art works" first refers to works of art themselves---the performances, objects, and texts that are the creation of artists. "Art...
Kansas City, Missouri by Harlan Brownlee, President and CEO, Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City Sundog was the 2010 Art/Work Best in Show and People?s Choice winner. Art/Work is a city-wide corporate arts challenge that enables companies to showcase their employees? talents in the literary,...
Washington, DC Proposed site of the Broadway Art Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Stephen Friday I had a great trip to California last week. We began on the eve of our L.A. meetings with a dinner with our old friends at the Irvine Foundation, Jim Canales and Josephine Ramirez, who have...
Washington, DC Here's what my presentation to the Loeb Fellows looked like as interpreted by a graphic facilitator. Wonder if I can get this all to fit on the back of my business card? Last week I was New England bound, with visits to Hartford, Connecticut, and Boston and Cambridge,...
Washington, DC Here I am at the Wexner Arts Center with Sherri Geldin, the center's director, Dr. Gordon Gee, OSU president, and Charlotte Kessler from our National Council of the Arts. Photo by A.J. Zanyk I started off this week with a trip to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This was quite a...
Washington, DC Mark Olinger--the director of planning and economic development for the City of Madison--was our tour guide at the site of Madison's new Central Park. Photo by NEA staff I was just in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in a way it was going home for me---I graduated from the...

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