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Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania A model of The Bridge by Elena Colombo. Image courtesy of Colombo Construction Corporation. ArtsQuest's SteelStacks cultural campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is pretty spectacular thanks to the massive blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant towering on one...
Washington, DC Here I am with Linda Carlisle, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Photo courtesy Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts I just returned from an Art Works trip to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, and it was a very busy couple of days. We started...
Washington, DC Photo courtesy of Project Row House Tune in from 3:00 - 4:15 pm EDT today, Tuesday, September 14, to the live webcast of "Creative Placemaking ," a panel discussion on the role of the arts in creating livable, sustainable communities. A captioned webcast will also be...
Washington, DC In Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, ArtsQuest---an NEA MICD 25 grantee---is transforming the former Bethlehem Steel Plant into a vibrant arts campus. Photo by Victoria Hutter More than 30 years ago I joined with a small group of Memphians to convert an old downtown cotton classing loft into...
Washington, DC Rocco will return to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to kick off Illuminate: Year of the Arts, a year-long celebration of the power and purpose of the arts. From September 2010 to August 2011, the university has planned more than 300 performances, exhibitions,...
Minneapolis, Minnesota David Fraher at last year's Midwest Arts Conference with Megan Vetsch, the first David J. Fraher Future Leader. Then a marketing assistant at the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Vetsch is now the Operations and Marketing Manager in the...
Washington, DC The Del McCoury Band. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry Del McCoury is that rare musician who can appear traditional and innovative at the same time. He?s played with bluegrass founder Bill Monroe and the rock band Phish. He?s recorded traditional songs as well as ones written by...
Washington, DC 2010 National Book Festival Poster by Peter Ferguson So a Nobel Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and the poet who wrote and recited the official poem for President Barack Obama's inauguration walk into a tent...and lucky for us, that tent will be the pavilion hosted by the...

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