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Washington, DC Brian Blade and Christopher Thomas of Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band are featured in Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense . Photo by Jean Hangarter ?It?s a quick and surface explanation, a cliché, to say that, ?Jazz is the only truly American art form,?? said John...
May 4, 2010 Oakland, California Earlier this spring Rocco visited the Envision Academy of Arts and Technology as part of his Art Works tour to California. Art is one of the key components of the curriculum at this small charter high schoolin Oakland. As noted on the school's website, "In a world...
May 3, 2010 Seattle, Washington Nancy Pearl. Photo by Marco Prozzo This spring The Big Read is literally taking place right outside our doors as the District of Columbia Public Library and the Humanities Council of Washington, DC engage the capital community in reading, discussing, and celebrating...
April 30, 2010 Washington, DC What a day for a groundbreaking ceremony! After some brisk to downright frosty mornings here in Washington, April 30 blossomed into a delightful spring day, perfect for people to gather at Dance Place in northeast DC to celebrate the start of construction for Brookland...
Washington, DC The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Pericles in Washington, DC, as part of the NEA's Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative. Photo by Richard Termine. The Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Pericles in Washington, DC, as part of the NEA's Shakespeare...
Washington, DC By Adam Green, Public Affairs Francesa Faridany as Rosalind and John Behlmann as Orlando in the Shakespeare Theatre's production of As You Like It . Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy Shakespeare Theatre Last fall, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC, presented a stylized version...
In our newest podcast with David Stull, Dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (which received a National Medal of Arts from President Obama in February), the NEA's Josephine Reed talks with him about the international aspect of the conservatory and finds out that there is an explosion of jazz...
April 29. 2010 Washington, DC That's me on the far right after the POL finals with Poetry Foundation President John Barr and 2010 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Amber Rose Johnson, who is also Rhode Island's state champion. Photo by James Kegley On Tuesday night I attended the Finals round of...
April 27, 2010 Washington, DC Approximately 325,000 high schoolers from across the U.S. participated in Poetry Out Loud this year. After a full day of semi-finals competition with all 53 state champions , nine of the talented teens are moving on to the National Finals competition tonight in DC...
Last Friday on the blog, Folk and Traditional Director Barry Bergey reported back on a UNESCO exhibit celebrating U.S. and Flemish tradition-bearers. Here's a video look at Recognizing Our Cultural Heritage: An American and Flemish Dialogue . Video of aH4g2sKbnz8 Film by Documentary Arts...

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