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Washington, DC Composer John Adams at the 2009 NEA Opera Honors celebration. Photo by Henry Grossman In 2009 composer John Adams was honored in our second class of NEA Opera Honorees. More than 20 years earlier, having just written his first opera, Nixon in China , Adams contributed an essay to an...
Washington, DC Martina Arroyo's career is so dramatic it could be an opera. Growing up in Harlem, she first worked as a teacher and social worker before auditioning at the Metropolitan Opera (unsuccessfully the first time; winning the radio competition the second). Her big break was replacing...
Washington, DC Here's what my presentation to the Loeb Fellows looked like as interpreted by a graphic facilitator. Wonder if I can get this all to fit on the back of my business card? Last week I was New England bound, with visits to Hartford, Connecticut, and Boston and Cambridge,...
Rochester, New York The art trail will transform a series of underused spaces into public amenities, including a major new sculpture park, where a city sidewalk illuminates from within at night and is heavily embedded with audio and new media content contributed by residents of all backgrounds...
Washington, DC Gabriela Lena Frank. Photo by Shelley Justis Composer Gabriela Lena Frank gave the world premiere of her new work Hilos with the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music in Nashville on Friday, Oct. 1. The concert was the culmination of Mestiza...
Washington, DC How do you translate something that makes perfect sense in one language but, if taken literally, would be gibberish in another? That is the dilemma that faces all translators of literary work, but especially so for Natasha Wimmer, who recently handled the translation of two of...
Chicago, Illinois Cermak Cluster as seen from Cermak Street looking north. Photo by Julie Burros The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) was established in 1984 to enhance the cultural life of the city, often partnering with other city agencies---such as the Department of Zoning and Urban...
Washington, DC "Brocante de Meylan" by Filipe Ferreira via Flickr Is translation an art or a science? If it's true that something is lost in translation, is something also gained. Why bother to translate literature from one language to another anyhow? For answers to these questions...
Columbus, Ohio Children ages 6 to 12 participate in the YMCA Performing Arts Camp at the Lincoln Theatre in Columbus. Photo courtesy YMCA of Central Ohio Arts organizations in Ohio have long employed the timeless tool of creative collaboration. When executed properly---with a combination of...
Washington, DC Here I am at the Wexner Arts Center with Sherri Geldin, the center's director, Dr. Gordon Gee, OSU president, and Charlotte Kessler from our National Council of the Arts. Photo by A.J. Zanyk I started off this week with a trip to Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. This was quite a...

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