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Washington, DC 2008 rendering of the new campus for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, the site of last week's #NewPlay Covening. Image courtesy Arena Stage Last week, as part of a new work convening at Arena Stage , I was able to finally spark a conversation that I have been...
Denver, Colorado The State Arts Agency of the Future? by Shannon Daut, Deputy Director, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) In December 2010, WESTAF---the regional arts organization for western states---convened arts leaders from throughout the region to "re-envision" state arts...
Houston, Texas Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, was one of the pioneers of creative placemaking. From our archives, here's a story about Lowe's transformative project. (Lowe was one of the panelists on our September 2010 Creative Placemaking panel. Take a look at the video archive...
Washington, DC To understand the power of art, of literature, sometimes you have to have it taken away, to have it made forbidden, to lose access to it. Then you can understand its liberating essence, how it frees the mind, how it expresses ideas, how it gives you a voice. Azar Nafisi has no...
Washington, DC As you can see from our latest issue of NEA Arts , arts and community is very much a topic of conversation at the NEA. I think the theme for my last few outings has been musicians, museums, and mayors. I hope you all saw our coverage of the NEA Jazz Masters events at Jazz at Lincoln...
Dallas, Texas Dallas Museum of Art hosts a "Late Night" at the museum---staying open till midnight---the third Friday of each month. Visitors participate in activities such as team competitions to design creations inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection, such as Francis...
Washington, DC "Power Plug" by Darren Hester via Flickr Last year brought a slew of technological changes for media, entertainment, and popular culture. Apple unveiled both the iPad and a deal to acquire the Beatles’ catalogue, Avatar screened to record audiences, and Facebook got a...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Washington, DC Anna Deavere Smith is currently appearing at Washington, DC's Arena Stage in Second Stage's production of Let Me Down Easy , directed by Leonard Foglia. Illustration by Jimmy Turrell Today is the first day of the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which this...
Washington, DC R. Philip Hanes, Jr. (2nd from right) in 1966 with (l-r) National Council on the Arts member Harper Lee, NEA Chairman Roger Stevens, and National Council on the Arts member Agnes de Mille. This photograph is one of nearly 200 images from the first six years of the National Council on...

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