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April 14, 2010 Washington, DC Me with 2010 NEA Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams (left) during the NEA Jazz Master celebration. Photo by Tom Pich I didn?t hear much jazz when I was growing up. My parents played mostly country/western, and, with apologies to Rocco, it was not pleasant to hear George...
Washington, DC Today Rocco was on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies chaired by James P. Moran (D-VA) with Ranking Member Michael K. Simpson (R-ID). The Chairman presented the President's Fiscal Year 2011 budget...
April 13, 2010 Washington, DC If you watched the new HBO series Treme to the end of the pilot episode last Sunday, you would have seen actual musicians mingling with the actors, including Elvis Costello, New Orleans legend Kermit Ruffins, and...2006 NEA National Heritage Fellows, the Treme Brass...
April 12, 2010 Washington, DC Artistic Director Trey McIntyre and Trey McIntyre Project dancer Alison Roper during rehearsals for Go Out . Photo by Basil Childers Trey McIntyre is one of ballet?s busiest choreographers working today. Since 1995, when he was named choreographic associate for the...
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...

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