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Washington, DC "Oscar Peterson plays piano, Munich 1977" by Hans Bernhard (via Wikimedia Commons ) The great Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson (1925?2007) was one of the most remarkable jazz pianists of all times---and a remarkable human being. Jazz knows no borders and so he collaborated with many...
Washington, DC Tuulirjuaq (Great Big Loon) by Mayoreak Ashoona, one of the artists featured in the upcoming exhibit Nipirasait: Many Voices (Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC ©Dorset Fine Arts Rocco's headed north---way north---to visit with the director of...
The Birmingham Sunlights--2009 NEA National Heritage Fellows---draw on the rich heritage of quartet-style singing of Alabama's Jefferson County region, which folklorist Hank Willett calls one of the "most remarkable of Alabama's cultural jewels." The five-man, four-part harmony a cappella gospel...
Washington, DC On Monday, the NEA's research team convened 30 experts in urban and rural planning, community development, sociology, economics, and arts administration for a day-long forum titled "Arts and Livability: The Road to Better Metrics." We were interested in brainstorming...
Washington, DC Onstage at the Museum of Contemporary Arts symposium. Photo by Richard Cahan I just spent a few days in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. One of the great things about this trip is that we were hosted throughout the trip by the MacArthur Foundation. Bob Gallucci, the foundation?s...
Chicago, Illinois Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (popularly known as "The Bean") is one of the public artworks installed at Chicago's Millennium Park. Kapoor has reportedly said, "What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline ... so that one will see the...
Washington, DC The LA Philharmonic received an NEA grant to support The Tristan Project , a restaging of Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde co-produced with the Paris Opera with video art by Bill Viola. Photo couresty of Matthew Imaging While the NEA Opera Honors is only a few years old, the Arts...
So there you are, in charge of one of the most treasured orchestras in the country. Looked up to. Respected. And there in the front row, one of your musicians is your mother. You know, the person who took care of you for years---now you're her boss. That?s the situation Alan Gilbert faced when he...
Chicago, Illinois In this scene from Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro , (l to r) Rutherford (Demetrios Troy), James (Billy Eugene Jones), and Henry (Teagle F. Bougere) rouse congregants to join them for a non-violent march. Photo courtesy Goodman Theatre Before moving to Washington, DC , I...
Washington, DC Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi...

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