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Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
Dallas, Texas (l-r) Bruce DuBose, Drew Wall, and Ani Celisa Vera take the stage in Zayd Dorn's Long Way Go Down premiering at the 2010 New Works Festival. Photo by Matt Mrozek Rocco?s in Dallas today, so I thought I?d take a look at one of the projects we support there. Kitchen Dog Theatre (KDT)...
Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
Washington, DC Gay Hanna (center) at the National Center for Creative Aging's garden symposium with Cynthia Brown of Green Spring Gardens in Annandale, Virginia, and event photographer Ray Fitzgerald. Photo courtesy of National Center for Creative Aging. This time of year, when the hydrangea bloom...
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...

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