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Washington, DC Porcupine quill basket by Jeremy Frey. Photo by Theresa Secord Jeremy Frey is a Passamaquoddy basketmaker. Based in Maine, he specializes in ash and sweetgrass baskets, as well as porcupine quillwork. As a young boy, Jeremy enjoyed drawing and woodcarving, eventually learning...
Washington, DC Bassey Ikpi. Photo courtesy of artist Bassey Ikpi is a Nigerian-born writer who was a featured cast member in the National Touring Company of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, Russell Simmon's Def Poetry Jam . She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is currently...
Washington, DC In this week’s Art Works podcast , National Heritage Fellow and MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Mary Jackson talks about the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. Born in South Carolina’s coastal country, Mary Jackson literally learned basket weaving at her mother’s knee. As a child...
New York City, New York Jesse L. Martin (r) with Byron Jennings in William Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale , directed by Michael Greif, part of the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park. Photo by Joan Marcus You may recognize Virginia native Jesse L. Martin from his 198 episodes (according to IMDB.com) as...
Tucson, Arizona by Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director, Tucson Pima Arts Council Flam Chen, a circus and fire theater ensemble that produces the annual All Souls Procession, which draws about 30,000 to the annual downtown event. Photo courtesy of Tucson Pima Arts Council I was recently asked to...
Washington, DC George Washington, First President of the United States by Gilbert Stuart, courtesy of the Library of Congress A hero in his own time, George Washington has become an almost mythical figure in the national imagination. The paradigm of justice, honesty, and bravery, it can be...
Washington, DC Gullah community members take part in a "ring shout" in Georgia, circa 1930. Photo courtesy of the Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution The Anacostia Community Museum may be located in Southeast Washington, D.C., but the communities it explores stretch far beyond the...
Washington, DC This week’s Art Works podcast is a conversation with legendary jazz bass player and cellist NEA Jazz Master Ron Carter. Carter is an elegant man: dignified, soft-spoken, deliberate---his quiet demeanor gives no hint that the man has packed so much into his career. You have to wonder...
Providence, Rhode Island by Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (l-r) U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI); NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman; Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; and Keith Stokes, Executive Director,...
Washington, DC The NEA has a proud tradition of honoring master artists in folk and traditional arts, jazz, and, more recently, opera. In the budget proposal we have submitted for fiscal year 2012 , we hope to be able to extend these honors and the accompanying support to the full range of American...

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