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Washington, DC Miles and Sonny by Wilson McLean. Oil on linen. Even the most casual of listeners would be able to identify jazz if they heard it. But would you know it if you saw it? For painter Wilson McLean , visually conveying the spirit, history, and personalities of the music are central...
Washington, DC by Mary Wright, Program Director, Workforce Readiness Initiative, The Conference Board My Medicine Cabinet by Rob Patrick via Flickr How can the arts improve the quality of life? That was the underlying theme during all of the presentations at last month’s interagency...
Washington, DC by Lee Liebeskind, Producing Director, The Inkwell Theatre Lee Liebeskind. Photo courtesy of Mr. Liebeskind. There are many things I want to talk about. I want to talk about reactions to the #SupplyDemand conversation, how we frame our conversation and debate, the sense of balance in...
Washington, DC Samuel Menashe. Photo by Martin Duffy Poet Samuel Menashe doesn't mince words. What he writes is almost like haiku. His brief poems are pure and elegant distillations of larger, complex thoughts and ideas. Today, we'll hear from the poet himself, a man who for the past 50...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast features Kevin Young, an accomplished poet who weaves elements from film, literature, and music into his work. His book, Black Maria , for example, is film noir in verse, while Jelly Roll: A Blues draws its language and form from many styles of music,...
Washington, DC In late March, Rocco visited Shreveport, Louisiana to talk creative placemaking and to get a first-hand look at the Shreveport Regional Art Council's (SRAC) MICD25 project . One of the artists that Rocco met during his trip was Shreveport native Poetic X (Hugh Hamilton). A 2008...
Washington, DC Margarita Barry. Photo by Kennette Lamar Detroit is often cited as a national symbol of fallen fortune: its shrinking population, poor economy, and high crime rates are continually used by media outlets as examples of what’s wrong with this country. But Margarita Barry wants...
Washington, DC Nebeleuse Nord America by Luc Viatour via Flickr This past Tuesday, 150 arts leaders from across the country were invited to the White House to hear from officials across the administration who are interested in making the arts a part of their agencies' everyday business. Peter...
Washington, DC This week?s podcast is a lively conversation with bassist Christian McBride, the new voice of the NEAs Jazz Moments. Although McBride?s own musical chops put him in the top tier of Jazz musicians, he often wanders outside that world. McBride has played R&B with Isaac Hayes and...

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