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San Diego, California Here I am with the Bunnell siblings, who are all string players with the San Diego Youth Symphony, and were "on duty" throughout the launch event. Their late father, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, was a veteran of Desert Storm, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Standing...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman I was surprised and saddened when I received the news the other day of Michael Kuchwara's death. I had spoken with him maybe a month or so ago, and he seemed to be his same old ebullient self. He played an important role in my early career with his review of Big...
Washington, DC NEA National Heritage Fellow Chitresh Das performed with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith at the 2009 celebration concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Through the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the NEA has celebrated the artistic achievements and contributions of the nation's...
Washington, DC The Tyndall Air Force Base (Florida) audience enjoying a Pensacola Opera performance as part of NEA?s Great American Voices initiative. Photo courtesy of Tyndall Air Force Base This past April, in my capacity as a board member of Americans for the Arts, I testified before the House...
Washington, DC St. Louis hometown hero (and NEA Jazz Master) Clark Terry has garnered many honors over a distinguished career, including a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Portrait by Tom Pich Thanks to Rocco, we know that St. Louis has a long live theater tradition. But the "Gateway to the West...
Washington, DC Operation Homecoming contributor Daniel Uhles (left) and his son Neil on May 9, 2005. Neil was leaving for his second deployment to Iraq. Photo courtesy of Daniel Uhles. In 2004, the NEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Southern Arts Federation, and The Boeing...
Rita Moreno, 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient, has received just about every performance award available -- Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe. In this week's NEA podcast, she talks with Josephine Reed about her life on stage and screen and the memorable roles she played. In this brief...
May 19, 2010 Washington, DC Here I am with Washington Congressman Norm Dicks (left) and Charles Wright Academy student Jennifer Lee (3rd from right) and her family. On Friday night Congressman Dicks announced that Jennifer is the 2010 Congressional Art Competition winner for Washington's sixth...
Washington, DC May 18, 2010 The Smithsonian Institution is leading a project to help the Haitian government rescue, recover, and restore Haitian cultural artifacts damaged by the January 12 earthquake. With the Caribbean rainy season fast approaching, the project is crucial to helping to conserve...
Washington, DC This aerial of the Land Bridge at Fort Vancouver Historic Reserve was taken at the 2007 dedication. Photo by Alicia Muñoz. With the help of noted artist and architect Maya Lin---designer of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama...

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