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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...
March 15, 2010 San Diego, CA Ian Campbell. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Opera Ian Campbell, general and artistic director of the San Diego Opera, has a dream: that one day soon, the city of San Diego will have an art center downtown. Campbell spoke with NEA?s Josephine Reed about the importance...
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...

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