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April 12, 2010 Moscow, Idaho The Clayton Brothers perform at the 2009 Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival: John Clayton, bass; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Gerald Clayton (John?s son), piano; and Jeff Clayton, saxophone. Photo courtesy of University of Idaho Media Relations One thing Rocco...
April 9, 2010 Washington, DC Earlier this afternoon Rocco and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke on the topic "A Well Rounded Education in the 21st Century" at the opening plenary session of the spring national forum of the Arts Education Partnership . In his first major public speech on...
April 9, 2010 Washington, DC During an event at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy in Boise, Rocco spoke with representatives from Idaho's arts and culture community as Mayor David Bieter looked on. Photo by NEA staff Thanks to an invitation from Congressman Mike Simpson, Monday morning...
April 7, 2010 Washington, DC As has been noted earlier on the Art Works blog, among Chairman Landesman?s tour stops was the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia on March 2. Site visits, meetings, and public forums filled the day and introduced Rocco to the impressive work of the artists and arts...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Guest Blogger: Mark Hofflund, Managing Director, Idaho Shakespeare Festival Chairman Landesman with Mark Hofflund (left) and Boise Mayor David H. Bieter on the Art Works Tour. Photo by Kyle Morgan It was a great day in Idaho yesterday. How fortunate we are to know NEA...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Continuing our look at the arts in Idaho, today we?re featuring two NEA National Heritage Fellows?Dale Harwood, a saddle maker from Shelley; and Horace P. Axtell, a Nez Perce drum maker, singer, tradition-bearer from Lewiston?both of whom received their honors in 2008. Dale...
April 6, 2010 Boise, ID Writer Marilynne Robinson has never forgotten the Northwest landscape of her childhood. Her first novel, the acclaimed Housekeeping (an NEA Big Read selection), takes place in the fictional town of Fingerbone -- loosely based on Sandpoint, Idaho, where she grew up -- which...
April 5, 2010 Boise, ID Untitled , 1998, by Ronnie Landfield, one of the artworks gifted to the Boise Art Museum as part of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States initiative. Photo by Lyle Peterzell Back in 2008, the National Gallery of Art, the National Endowment...
April 2, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco?s Art Works trip to Michigan on March 22 and 23 was a study in contrasts. He saw art in a rural setting and a big city environment. He saw spectacular new buildings not far from abandoned and deteriorating structures. And he saw an arts community with enormous...
A few things you should know about Idaho: 1. It's the 13th largest state in the union and became the 43rd state in July 1890; 2. famous Idahoans include Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson, and 3. Rocco will bring the Art Works tour to Boise...

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