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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...
Washington, DC Compiled by Victoria Hutter Dave Liebman (foreground) swings at the 2011 Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. Photo by Frank Stewart This morning, the NEA's new class of Lifetime Honors recipients was announced. As we congratulate our new honorees, we thought we'd also take a...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim ?Texas Shorty? Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the "Texas" in Texas fiddle? According to Jim, Texas fiddling takes old, simple tunes and embellishes them...
Washington, DC Catherine Burns. Photo courtesy of Ms. Burns In the late 1990s writer George Dawes Green decided to host an event in his living room, to recreate in the midst of high-energy New York City, the languorous summer evenings he and his friends had spent regaling each other with stories on...

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