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Washington, DC Homei Iseyama, Interned at Topaz, Utah, Teapot . Photo by Terry Heffernan The first thing I noticed when I entered the exhibition, The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 , was the quality of the craftsmanship. This small but utterly...
Baltimore, Maryland It was wonderful to speak at AFTA to an audience of folks who I know really just get it when it comes to the arts. Photo by NEA staff It was great to be back in Baltimore this weekend for Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit. On my last trip to Baltimore as Chairman , I...
Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC Tune in to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda: 9:00-9:15 a.m. Chairman's opening remarks 9:15-9:30 a.m. Congressional & White House...
Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC Tune in tomorrow morning, Friday, June 25, to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). What's on the agenda? The announcement of the new recipients of the...
Washington, DC How has opera changed over the last 30 years? NEA Opera Honors recipient Carlisle Floyd has a perhaps surprising theory on why opera has grown over the last three decades. [2:57] Listen to the entire podcast , with Floyd as he discusses the writing of some of his most famous pieces,...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn?t seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...

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