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Washington, DC Artistic Director Molly Smith chose the Rodger's and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma to open the recently-renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Molly Smith is a recent convert to American musicals, and like many converts, she's now a passionate believer...
San Francisco, California Giant Ghosts , 2009, recycled paper, by Paul Hayes, part of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Art in Storefronts project. Photo by Eduardo Solér Established in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission includes providing equal access to high-quality art experiences for...
New York, New York Image courtesy of Classical Theatre of Harlem When you hear ?the arts? and ?Harlem? you may think immediately of jazz and literature---Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald or Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. But among the wealth of arts opportunities in Harlem these days you...
Washington, DC Blur of Lights by Sherrie Thai via Flickr In the spirit of the holidays, I sent the following e-mail to my NEA colleagues: A one-on-one cello lesson with Yo-Yo Ma? A week's worth of bedtime stories told by Junot Diaz? Alexander Calder's La Gran Vitesse transplanted to your...
Kansas City, Missouri Members of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company perform at the 2010 LIVE! in the Crossroads Concert Series, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, in the historic Kansas City Crossroads Arts District. Photo © April Befort, 2010 Last week I spent two days in...
Washington, DC How does one share the stories of the numerous Native American tribes throughout North America, all of whom have different languages, different cultures, and different environments? That is the crux of the dilemma the Native American Public Telecommunications (NATP) organization...
Kent, Washington The Herbert Bayer Earthworks is a public park, storm water detention dam and Modernist masterpiece located in Kent, Washington. (c) Herbert Bayer, Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks , 1982. Courtesy of City of Kent Public Art Collection. Photo by John Hoge The City of Kent established an...
Washington, DC by Rocco Landesman When I make the case for investing in the arts, I use just two words that have three meanings: "Art works." "Art works" first refers to works of art themselves---the performances, objects, and texts that are the creation of artists. "Art...
Los Angeles, California Samuel Hoi at the November 10 launch event for the 2010 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region . Photo courtesy of Otis College of Art and Design Since 2007, Otis College of Art and Design has commissioned the annual Otis Report on the Creative Economy...
Washington, DC James Moody. Photo by Tom Pich James Moody was a highly accomplished musician on the tenor and alto saxophones, flute, and later vocals. A champion of Dizzy Gillespie's music and an entertainer par excellence, he captivated audiences with his personal charm and wit. He led his...

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