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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...
Ellen Dissanayake holding a carved Nokwe figure from the Kwoma people of Papua New Guinea's Sepik River area. Photo by Ingrid Barrentine. NEA Research Note #102 presents encouraging findings about the cultural and financial value of the performing arts in the U.S. in 2007. Considering the...
August 15, 2011 John Ephland. Photo by Kristin Putney When approached by the NEA to respond to the conversation between NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and the Knight Foundation’s Vice President for Arts Dennis Scholl about the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, my...
From left to right: Artist Mary Ann Chubb, Raku artist Michael Conger, potter Martha Hollenhorst, and Clayworks founder Susan Ward. Photo courtesy of Susan W. Ward and Boulder Mountain Clayworks Skiing, hiking, and biking on the majestic Bald Mountain are just a few of the activities associated...
This week’s podcast features a conversation with David Seidler, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech . The film also received the much-coveted best picture nod, as well as an Oscar for Colin Firth’s portrayal of England’s George VI, who was determined...
Abraham Ritchie. Photo by Anna Wolak Like a ship heading towards open ocean, progressive art is constantly moving away from us. Culture does not slow down or stop when visual art is cut from school curricula or when art critics are fired from major newspapers. Rather it is the community that...
The MojoCats perform at Blue Monday. Photo courtesy of the Illinois Central Blues Club The Midwest has always been a hotbed for the blues. Kansas City. Chicago. St. Louis. But Springfield, Illinois? It’s not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think of musical meccas. And yet...
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When we visit a museum, there’s a good chance we’ll join up with a docent or pick up an audio guide. If we're at home, we might listen to a museum podcast or watch a video about the latest and greatest exhibits. But for those who are deaf or hard-of-...
Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse helped revitalize Grand Rapids' ailing downtown. Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library Stamped on everything from the city's letterhead to its garbage trucks, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse is much more than a landmark. It's...

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