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March 25, 2010 Washington, DC Tomorrow morning the NEA will host the public session of the 169th meeting of the National Council on the Arts (NCA) from 9:00-10:45 am. The agenda includes the swearing in of jazz musician Irvin Mayfield as the newest?and perhaps youngest ever!?NCA member, followed by...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC It was great to hear from Jeff Daniels about the Purple Rose Theatre and also to get to see first-hand the transformative effect it's had on Chelsea. (Photo by Elayne Gross) I?ve just returned from a trip to Michigan, which started in Chelsea. Chelsea is a small...
March 23, 2010 Washington, DC NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas has called Frank Gehry's design for the conservatory's new concert hall "playful, inviting, and, yes, life-affirming." Photo by Yamila Lomba As part of the February Art Works tour to Miami, Senior Deputy...
March 23, 2010 Washington, DC 2010 NEA Jazz Master Yusef Lateef performing at the Jazz Masters Award Ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center, January 12, 2010. Photo by Tom Pich You might say Henry Ford helped make Detroit a prosperous jazz town in the ?20s and ?30s, setting the stage for its peak jazz...
March 22, 2010 San Francisco & Oakland, CA On the road in San Francisco. Photo by Ellen Shershow One of the things I was really looking at during my California trip was arts and education, which is a big learning curve for me, though I feel that I?m starting to get the hang of it. The stage I?m...
March 19, 2010 Washington, DC Christina Augello as pirate queen Grace O'Malley in A Most Notorious Woman , a one-woman show by Maggie Cronin. Photo by Laurie Gallant As Rocco heads back from his Art Works trip to California, we're taking a closer look at a few of the state's artists and arts...
March 19, 2010 San Diego & Los Angeles, CA According to Rocco, his nearly week-long visit to California has been ?educational, informational, and incredibly informative.? We caught up with the Chairman yesterday for a few moments as he was leaving a panel on San Francisco?s urban revitalization...
March 18, 2010 Washington, DC And he?s off . . . to Michigan, that is. Rocco?s heading to the Midwest next week touching down in Chelsea on Monday, March 22 and heading on to Detroit on Tuesday, March 23. In Chelsea (population 5,005), the day kicks off with a tour of the Purple Rose Theatre hosted...
March 17, 2010 Oakland, CA Tomorrow Rocco wraps up the California leg of the Art Works Tour with a visit to Oakland, home to such diverse arts organizations as KITKA Women?s Vocal Ensemble, Stagebridge, and New Village Press. Also based in Oakland, Oakland's AXIS Dance Company defies easy...
March 16, 2010 Washington, DC Ten questions in ten minutes. That's all there is to the U.S. Census survey that started hitting mailboxes this week. (Yes, "real" mailboxes--the 2010 Census will not occur online.) It's one of the briefest since 1790, when the first federal Census began. The answers...

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