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Memphis, Tennessee Renderings of the proposed facade of 477 S. Main, from Rebecca Conrad at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Memphis, Tennessee, incorporated in 1826, is known for its rich and vibrant culture. The city government has been focusing on leveraging and amplifying the city's arts...
Washington, DC A photo from the "Afghanistan: Not the War Only" series by Monika Bulaj, a 2010 grant winner from the Aftermath Project. Photo courtesy of the Aftermath Project Imagine a media landscape where the consequences of a war?s aftermath are just as newsworthy as the conflict...
Washington, DC November 9, 2010 James Franco's photograph Houses , 2008, was part of the June 2010 exhibition The Dangerous Book Four Boys at AIR's Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Marianne Spurr/AIR, Art International Radio and the Clocktower Gallery James Franco has been...
Sacramento, CA Dancers from Sacramento Ballet perform on the street for free to better connect with the community. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Ballet Innovation Since coming to Sacramento with roots in New York and Los Angeles, I am continually inspired by being part of a community reaching for...
Washington, DC By Sarah Sullivan, Senior Research Program Analyst Julieta Venegas performing at SummerStage in Central Park, New York City. Photo by Jack Vartoogian(c)/FrontRowPhoto The NEA recently released a report on outdoor arts festivals in the U.S. The three-volume report, Live from Your...
Washington, DC Frank Stella first made his name in the visual arts as one of the Abstract Expressionists. From there he broadened his approach, designing sets for choreographer Merce Cunningham and moving from painting into sculptures. Soon he was painting cars for BMW and creating large-scale...
Washington, DC In case you missed it at the National Council on the Arts meeting last week, here's Ann Markusen presenting her new report (produced with Anne Gadwa) on creative placemaking, commissioned by the Mayors' Institute on City Design. You can download a pdf of the report from our...
Los Angeles, California Broadway Arts Center, proposed site. Photo by Stephen Friday The Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles, California, generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for residents and visitors through its grantmaking and arts programming activities...
Washington, DC The NEA Opera Honors recognized its third class of honorees on Friday October 22 in Washington, DC. Soprano Martina Arroyo, general director David DiChiera, composer Philip Glass, and music director Eve Queler were acknowledged for their exceptional contributions to opera in America...
Austin, Texas Houston's Craft Garden is one of the many projects supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Photo courtesy Houston Center for Contemporary Craft As I listened to NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman address the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies 2010 Assembly in Austin earlier...

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