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Washington, DC Artist Jackie Brookner leading a charrette in St. Louis for a community-based design project called Public Art & Ecology: A Watershed Project for The Confluence. Photo courtesy of the artist Our first Our Town grants were officially announced today , and we congratulate the 51...
Washington, DC Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh." ---from "Here, Bullet" by Brian Turner Having served in the U.S. military for seven years, in his work poet Brian Turner bears...
Washington, DC Gabriel Ayala, at work. Photo by Marty Haviik. As noted on his website , "Gabriel Ayala is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music." Ayala is deeply passionate about music and, in particular, the classical guitar...
No one is bringing down the illusory (and fast-crumbling) wall between art and science with more verve than choreographer, dancer, and MacArthur "genius" grant recipient Liz Lerman. In this week's podcast, (and the second of a two-part interview), Lerman discusses the dilemma artists...
Washington, DC "Read" by flickr user markhillary The 2011-2012 Big Read grantees were announced this morning , which means it's time to start gearing up for our sixth season of the program. As always, we look forward to seeing how our 76 grant recipients will use creative new ways to...
July 6, 2011 Washington, DC Today the National Endowment for the Arts and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge , a pilot competition in eight communities served by the foundation to inspire new, innovative models for local, high-...
Washington, DC " LA Open House " courtesy of flickr user SNRE (University of Michigan School of Natural Resources) This summer, the National Endowment for the Arts is piloting its 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The SPPA underwent major surgery this year, in the...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is the first of a two-part conversation with pioneering choreographer, Liz Lerman. Lerman has spent her life exploring dance as a vehicle for human insight and for understanding the world around us. In the process, she has revolutionized contemporary dance...
Washington, DC Lixin Fan (right) with Freedom Riders filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Winter's Bone Line Producer Kathryn Dean during the Film Forward visit to China. Photo by Meredith Lavitt. Canada-based Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan is one of the 10 filmmakers participating in the Sundance...
Washington, DC An informal photograph of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, snapped during lunch at Kahlo's house. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1941 / Emmy Lou Packard, photographer . Emmy Lou Packard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian?s Archives of American...

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