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In this week's podcast, we talk with artist William Wegman. Although he is perhaps most famous for photographing his beloved Weimaraners, Wegman is by no means limited to photography---or to dogs for that matter. A two-time NEA Fellow, Wegman has moved fluidly between drawing, painting, and...
Washington, DC 2008 rendering of the new campus for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the site of last week's #NewPlay Covening. Image courtesy Arena Stage Last week, as part of a new work convening at Arena Stage , I was able to finally spark a conversation that I have been...
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...
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 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...
Washington, DC Most people don't see prison as an opportunity to develop their career. Of course most people don't go on to develop their own genre of music either. That's because most people aren't Chuck Brown, the "godfather of go-go music." Brown talked to us about his...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/Holly-Bass.mp4 450 273] Holly Bass recites her poem "what's left." [ transcript ] Poet, dancer, trapezist---Holly Bass is a bonafide Washington, DC multihyphenate. In this audio blog, Bass shares her take on living the...
Washington, DC In today's vlog, NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach discusses the six "livability" principles that should inform community design. [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/JS-livability.mp4 450 273] [ transcript ] If you missed the first two vlogs in our...
Washington, DC In today's vlog, NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach's talking "creative placemaking" . . . [flv: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/JS-creative-placemaking.mp4 450 273] If you missed the first vlog in our community design series, check it out here or visit...

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