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Washington, DC Here are some photos from the NEA Poetry and Prose pavilion at Saturday's Library of Congress National Book Festival. If you're wondering why all of the captions are approximately 140 characters---it's because they're thanks to Sally Gifford from Saturday's @...
Washington, DC Afro-Cuban drumming, Bharatanatyam Indian dancing, and Bluegrass music are just a few of the folk and traditional arts that will take center stage in our live webcast of the NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert tonight, September 24, from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm EDT. Emceed by American...
Washington, DC by Adriene Jenik "Los Altos Story Tree, California" by Wonderlane via Flickr Organizers of the recent National Endowment for the Arts and National Science Foundation summit asked participants to identify in advance and then share with the group their BIG challenges. One...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Madison, Wisconsin Robert Gard (front left) with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson when she visited Spring Green, Wisconsin, one of the rural towns that participated in the Arts in the Small Community project in 1966-1969. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Madison archives As a high school student...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC Mark Olinger--the director of planning and economic development for the City of Madison--was our tour guide at the site of Madison's new Central Park. Photo by NEA staff I was just in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in a way it was going home for me---I graduated from the...
Washington, DC Digital DNA by Adriana Varella and Nilton Maltz. The seven-foot egg, which is quilted from circuit boards, was a commission by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission. Photo by Wonderlane via Flickr A recent National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Endowment for the Arts workshop...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...

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