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Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC Tune in to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda: 9:00-9:15 a.m. Chairman's opening remarks 9:15-9:30 a.m. Congressional & White House...
Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC Tune in tomorrow morning, Friday, June 25, to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). What's on the agenda? The announcement of the new recipients of the...
Washington, DC How has opera changed over the last 30 years? NEA Opera Honors recipient Carlisle Floyd has a perhaps surprising theory on why opera has grown over the last three decades. [2:57] Listen to the entire podcast , with Floyd as he discusses the writing of some of his most famous pieces,...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn?t seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...
Washington, DC What happens when you start a career on an instrument, become one of the leading performers on it, and then can't play it any more? If you're NEA Jazz Master David Baker, you move on to something new. When he could no longer play trombone due to an accident to his jaw, Baker took up...
Dallas, Texas (l-r) Bruce DuBose, Drew Wall, and Ani Celisa Vera take the stage in Zayd Dorn's Long Way Go Down premiering at the 2010 New Works Festival. Photo by Matt Mrozek Rocco?s in Dallas today, so I thought I?d take a look at one of the projects we support there. Kitchen Dog Theatre (KDT)...

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