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March 15, 2010 Los Angeles, CA Portrait by John Sherffius Rocco brings his California Art Works tour to Los Angeles today, which is also home to one of our favorite authors, Ray Bradbury. Bradbury's visionary novel, Fahrenheit 451 , was one of the first books chosen for the NEA initiative, The...
March 12, 2010 Washington, DC Zydeco musician "Queen" Ida Guillory, a 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow, has called San Francisco home since 1947 when she relocated with her parents from Louisiana. She spoke with the NEA about California's culturally vibrant Cajun population and how she went from...
March 12, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco's heading to the Golden State. From March 13-19 he?ll touch down in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland, California. On this leg of the Art Works tour, the chairman will focus on arts in education and the creation of sustainable, livable, vibrant...
March 11, 2010 Philadelphia, PA What started in 1984 as part of an anti-graffiti campaign has now become one of Philadelphia?s signature public art programs: the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The program uses the art of mural making to foster civic engagement, create arts education...
March 11, 2010 Washington, DC Welcome to Ralph Remington who joins the NEA on Monday as the new director of theater and musical theater. A Howard University grad, Remington also previously spent time in DC as an artistic associate at Arena Stage. Most recently, he has served on the city council in...
March 10, 2010 Washington, DC Art Basel Miami is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Miami?s vibrant contemporary art scene. The Miami Design District, a collection of more than 130 art galleries, design firms, and showrooms, is giving tourists a reason to drive over the causeway from Miami...
March 10, 2010 Washington, DC In 1976 Kathryn Bigelow was a 26-year-old abstract painter with an interest in film. She applied for and won a grant for $2,000 from the Arts Endowment to make a short film, The Set-Up . The 17-minute film featured two men (one was a young Gary Busey) beating up on...
March 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Guest Blogger - Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund Today, Rocco Landesman and I are enjoying a pizza lunch with the developers of City Arts and the community and arts leaders driving the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In effect this...
March 5, 2010 Washington, DC Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio program American Routes , lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. He talked with the NEA's Josephine Reed about how Philadelphia?s arts and culture have evolved over the years. [...
March 3, 2010 Washington, DC Yesterday I was on the road again, this time to Philadelphia, which I think is one of the great models for what we?ve started to talk about here at the NEA. It's a city that really gets it about the cultural economy. It's inspiring to see the commitment of Mayor Nutter...

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