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Washington, DC While we consider Oklahoma! a traditional classic musical, when the Rodgers and Hammerstein show opened on Broadway in 1943, it was quite groundbreaking. It was one of the first musicals in which the songs and dance numbers were as integral to the storytelling as the dialogue. When...
Washington, DC Nick Spitzer interviews Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman at the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellows concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart In 2005, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman received an NEA National Heritage Fellowship for her work and mastery as a Yiddish singer, poet, and songwriter. In...
Dallas, Texas Re-imagining existing infrastructure is a Dallas CityDesign opportunity. Photo by Arturo del Castillo, Dallas CityDesign Studio In 2009, the CityDesign Studio was created as an office of the City of Dallas, Texas. Developed in partnership with the Trinity Trust Foundation and funded...
Washington, DC Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University 2011 NEA Literature Fellow Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry: The Gospel of Barbecue (winner of the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize); Outlandish Blues ; and Red...
Silver Spring, Maryland Jim Jorgensen as Roy Cohn in Forum Theatre's production of Angels in America . Photo by Melissa Blackall Last fall, Forum Theatre inaugurated its new home in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a production of the play cycle Angels in America and Perestroika by Pulitzer Prize-...
Easton, Pennsylvania Proposed site of the Silk Creative Community at the Historic Simon Silk Mill and North 13th Street Bridge over the Bushkill River. Photo courtesy of Lafayette College Incorporated in 1826, Easton, Pennsylvania's Lafayette College is a private coeducational college with more...
Washington, DC This is my inspiration board at work. I'm thankful that I work some place where I get to celebrate art and artists every day. To celebrate this season of gratitude, I asked my NEA colleagues which artist they would thank--living or not--and why. Who would you thank? Leave a...
Los Angeles, California Lula Washington. Photo courtesy Lula Washington Dance Theatre Lula Washington, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder and artistic director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre has been inspiring people with her mix of contemporary modern and African-American dance...
Washington, DC Jeffrey Sweet wrote the book on Chicago theater. No, really, he wrote the book: Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City & The Compass Players is considered the definitive book on the history of improv theater in the Windy City. The Second City troupe...
Washington, DC Proposed site of the Broadway Art Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Stephen Friday I had a great trip to California last week. We began on the eve of our L.A. meetings with a dinner with our old friends at the Irvine Foundation, Jim Canales and Josephine Ramirez, who have...

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