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Washington, DC Orrin Keepnews. Photo by Martha Egan "I was presented with an opportunity to present [Thelonius] Monk to the public and, let’s face it, I’m not saying that I knew what we were doing … we were by no means hotshots at publicity or promotion. But I know what I...
Washington, DC Johnny Mandel. Photo by Carol Friedman "And what it comes down to is, learning how to write---in big band or anything like that---is a process of screwing up. You know, your first arrangements always sound horrible, but if you find something that sounded good then you say, well...
Washington, DC NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Photo by Marek Lazarski "[W]hat might of happened from the moment you got on stage and what happens afterwards is another story….But when you’re on that stage, with those guys, this is serious business and you better be on it. And it...
Washington, DC Alyce Myatt. Photo courtesy of Ms. Myatt Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2011 than to introduce you to Alyce Myatt, our new Director of Media Arts. An award-winning producer, Myatt's distinguished career includes stints at ABC, PBS, and the MacArthur Foundation, among...
Washington, DC "Old-fashioned Holiday Sweets" by D. Sharon Pruitt via Flickr The Art Works blog will be on hiatus until January 2011. Happy Holidays!...
Washington, DC Artistic Director Molly Smith chose the Rodger's and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma to open the recently-renovated Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Molly Smith is a recent convert to American musicals, and like many converts, she's now a passionate believer...
San Francisco, California Giant Ghosts , 2009, recycled paper, by Paul Hayes, part of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Art in Storefronts project. Photo by Eduardo Solér Established in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission includes providing equal access to high-quality art experiences for...
New York, New York Image courtesy of Classical Theatre of Harlem When you hear ?the arts? and ?Harlem? you may think immediately of jazz and literature---Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald or Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. But among the wealth of arts opportunities in Harlem these days you...
Washington, DC Blur of Lights by Sherrie Thai via Flickr In the spirit of the holidays, I sent the following e-mail to my NEA colleagues: A one-on-one cello lesson with Yo-Yo Ma? A week's worth of bedtime stories told by Junot Diaz? Alexander Calder's La Gran Vitesse transplanted to your...
Kansas City, Missouri Members of the Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company perform at the 2010 LIVE! in the Crossroads Concert Series, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, in the historic Kansas City Crossroads Arts District. Photo © April Befort, 2010 Last week I spent two days in...

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