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April 21, 2010 Washington, DC Photos by NEA staff On April 8, Rocco traveled north for the Pennsylvania Governor's Art Awards, which were held at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Among the evening's honorees were visual artist Jeff Koons, bluegrass musician Del McCoury, and arts...
April 20, 2010 Washington, DC 2007 NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods. Photo by Tom Pich Years ago, in the ?60s, I came across this book called Now We Are Six .---NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods The connection between jazz and poetry is strong---probably why both are celebrated in the same month. Jazz musicians...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC (l to r) Jacob Eller, Duane Compton, Wayne Henderson (sitting), Elizabeth LaPrelle, and Amber Collins perform at The Music of Crooked Road. Photo by Michael G. Stewart, courtesy of the National Council for the Traditional Arts "I was lost almost from the first note,...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Alanna Rivera was one of only a handful of underclassmen to make it to the 2007 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Photo by James Kegley. "Reciting a poem is like a jazz solo: you're allowed to play your heart out, but you have to respect what the composer was feeling...
April 19, 2010 Washington, DC Katja von Schuttenbach and Wynton Marsalis at the NEA Jazz Masters luncheon, October 2009. Photo by Tom Pich Katja von Schuttenbach is the NEA's Jazz specialist, working on projects including the annual NEA Jazz Masters selection and celebration (and reminding us that...
Washington, DC Rocco?s been in New York City this week listening in on a session of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD). He spoke briefly at Wednesday?s opening reception before introducing Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, who?s been a driving force?as Rocco put it---in putting ?the arts and...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC Adele Chatfield-Taylor (left) talking to NEA?s Josephine Reed at the New York office of the American Academy in Rome. Photo by Kate Attardo What's one art form you can't avoid no matter how hard you try? Adele Chatfield-Taylor, a former NEA Director of Design (hint,...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC William Farley of Arlington, Virginia, took top honors at the 2009 Poetry Out Loud Finals with dynamic recitations of three poems, including William Carlos Williams' "Danse Russe." Photo by James Kegley From ?an orphan earring, opal pried out? to a ?daughter digging a...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan signs books for fans after her reading in the NEA Poetry and Prose Pavilion at the 2009 National Book Festival. Photo by Tom Roster What does U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan think about when she has quiet time? The answer will definitely...
April 15, 2010 Washington, DC Jason Schupbach. Photo courtesy of Mr. Schupbach Photo courtesy of Jason Schupbach This May Jason Schupbach will join the NEA as the Director of Design. Having held posts as the Creative Economy Industry Director at the Massachusetts Office of Business Development and...

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