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This week’s podcast gives us the inside scoop on the Vermont Performance Lab (VPL), which is the brainchild of Sara Coffey. Coffey founded VPL to support the creation and development of contemporary dance, music, and performance. VPL achieves this through a residency program in which...
by Charlotte Fox, Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts Students from the 2011 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Photo by Clark Mischler Back in 2002, when I was just beginning this job and a naive state arts agency director, I made a remark at a statewide public meeting that it was our goal to...
Entrance to the Betty Price Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol Complex. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Arts Council Oklahoma may be where “the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,” but it is also home to a magnificent art collection in a prominent if unlikely location---the...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...
Desmond Mason paints live for guests at the 2011 POP! ARTini fundraiser. The finished piece was auctioned at the end of the evening with proceeds benefitting Allied Arts. Photo by Bryan Cook. "A thriving art community is the heartbeat of any city; there's no question about that." Even...
Givers. From left to right: Josh LeBlanc, Tiffany Lamson, Taylor Guarisco, Kirby Campbell, and Nick Stephan. Photo courtesy of Givers “ This is the moment that you need to be in.” ---Tiffany Lamson Givers is a band that consists of five friends from Lafayette, Louisiana---the art that...
George Nock with his sculpture, SILK. Bronze with lacquer finish. Photo by Derek Blanks "Theirs are the eyes of visionaries." ---George Nock, on artists Artists and athletes generally inhabit opposite ends of the stereotype spectrum: the jocks just don't mix with the poets and...
The innovative and prolific opera director Nic Muni takes center stage in this week's podcast. Muni has served as artistic director for the Tulsa Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. As a freelance stage director, he has directed over 200 productions with companies in North America, Europe, and...
Congressman Schock and Rocco with students at the Peoria Ballet . Photo by Jamie Bennett Last week, I was back in Peoria, Illinois, where I made my very first Art Works tour stop back in 2009. It was an intense trip---we basically only had one full day---but it was also a reunion. I was reunited...
The original CSPS Hall (top), built in 1891, has been restored by Legion Arts. Below, the building during the renovation process. Top photo coutesy of Legion Arts; bottom photo by Mel Andringa For a multidisciplinary presenting organization dedicated to contemporary, cutting-edge art, Legion Arts...

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