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Washington, DC To understand the power of art, of literature, sometimes you have to have it taken away, to have it made forbidden, to lose access to it. Then you can understand its liberating essence, how it frees the mind, how it expresses ideas, how it gives you a voice. Azar Nafisi has no...
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...
Dallas, Texas Dallas Museum of Art hosts a "Late Night" at the museum---staying open till midnight---the third Friday of each month. Visitors participate in activities such as team competitions to design creations inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection, such as Francis...
Washington, DC "Power Plug" by Darren Hester via Flickr Last year brought a slew of technological changes for media, entertainment, and popular culture. Apple unveiled both the iPad and a deal to acquire the Beatles’ catalogue, Avatar screened to record audiences, and Facebook got a...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Washington, DC R. Philip Hanes, Jr. (2nd from right) in 1966 with (l-r) National Council on the Arts member Harper Lee, NEA Chairman Roger Stevens, and National Council on the Arts member Agnes de Mille. This photograph is one of nearly 200 images from the first six years of the National Council on...
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...
Washington, DC Quincy Troupe. Photo by Jerry Jack. Award-winning author Quincy Troupe has written nearly two dozen books of poetry and non-fiction, including Miles: An Autobiography and Snake-Back Solos , both of which received an American Book Award. He has also received a Peabody Award for the...
Washington, DC Author Luis Alberto Urrea didn’t know much about Kankakee, Illinois, when he was first asked to read there. After all, he was warned to watch out for turkeys in the road when driving there. So imagine his surprise to find a city in the midst of revitalization. Well, let’s...

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