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Washington, DC " LA Open House " courtesy of flickr user SNRE (University of Michigan School of Natural Resources) This summer, the National Endowment for the Arts is piloting its 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The SPPA underwent major surgery this year, in the...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is the first of a two-part conversation with pioneering choreographer, Liz Lerman. Lerman has spent her life exploring dance as a vehicle for human insight and for understanding the world around us. In the process, she has revolutionized contemporary dance...
Washington, DC Lixin Fan (right) with Freedom Riders filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Winter's Bone Line Producer Kathryn Dean during the Film Forward visit to China. Photo by Meredith Lavitt. Canada-based Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan is one of the 10 filmmakers participating in the Sundance...
Washington, DC An informal photograph of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, snapped during lunch at Kahlo's house. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, 1941 / Emmy Lou Packard, photographer . Emmy Lou Packard papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian?s Archives of American...
Washington, DC Compiled by Victoria Hutter Dave Liebman (foreground) swings at the 2011 Jazz Masters Ceremony and Concert. Photo by Frank Stewart This morning, the NEA's new class of Lifetime Honors recipients was announced. As we congratulate our new honorees, we thought we'd also take a...
Washington, DC This week's podcast is a conversation with 2010 National Heritage fellow, fiddler Jim ?Texas Shorty? Chancellor. Jim is one of the great Texas fiddlers. What puts the "Texas" in Texas fiddle? According to Jim, Texas fiddling takes old, simple tunes and embellishes them...
Washington, DC Catherine Burns. Photo courtesy of Ms. Burns In the late 1990s writer George Dawes Green decided to host an event in his living room, to recreate in the midst of high-energy New York City, the languorous summer evenings he and his friends had spent regaling each other with stories on...
Washington, DC Edited by Paulette Beete Denise Brandenburg of our Arts Education division as a four-year-old budding ballerina. Photo courtesy of Ms. Brandenburg. You may have noticed in recent Art Talks, that we've asked our interviewees to share their earliest experiences with the arts. It...
Washington, DC Video courtesy of The Right Brain Initiative Go to the web site of the Right Brain Initiative and you know immediately you?re in for some serious fun. Arrows fly across the screen as a dog descends from above. A smiling, puffing smokestack encourages you to join the mailing list. And...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast is a conversation with Debra Granik, the director of Winter’s Bone . Winter’s Bone is low-budget independent film that came out of nowhere and made everyone sit up and take notice. It’s an often brutal story of life in the back, back...

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