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Washington, DC At the September 12, 2006, launch event for the Operation Homecoming anthology, contributors and fans alike crowded the Library of Congress to celebrate. Photo by Kevin Allen Operation Homecoming anthology contributor Christy De'on Miller, a retired U.S. Army mission specialist,...
"I think that when those two things collide---the political forces of the world and the primal nature of one's own being---sparks fly." So says playwright Rajiv Joseph in the NEA's newest podcast as he discusses, among other things, his play, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo . Certainly sparks fly...
Washington, DC Richard Bausch presenting an Operation Homecoming workshop at Fort Drum in Watertown, New York. Photo by Betty Doherty, US Army MWR A signature component of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience was the creative writing workshops---led by authors such as Marilyn Nelson...
San Diego, California Here I am with the Bunnell siblings, who are all string players with the San Diego Youth Symphony, and were "on duty" throughout the launch event. Their late father, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, was a veteran of Desert Storm, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Standing...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman I was surprised and saddened when I received the news the other day of Michael Kuchwara's death. I had spoken with him maybe a month or so ago, and he seemed to be his same old ebullient self. He played an important role in my early career with his review of Big...
Washington, DC NEA National Heritage Fellow Chitresh Das performed with tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith at the 2009 celebration concert. Photo by Michael G. Stewart Through the NEA National Heritage Fellowships, the NEA has celebrated the artistic achievements and contributions of the nation's...
Washington, DC The Tyndall Air Force Base (Florida) audience enjoying a Pensacola Opera performance as part of NEA?s Great American Voices initiative. Photo courtesy of Tyndall Air Force Base This past April, in my capacity as a board member of Americans for the Arts, I testified before the House...
Washington, DC St. Louis hometown hero (and NEA Jazz Master) Clark Terry has garnered many honors over a distinguished career, including a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Portrait by Tom Pich Thanks to Rocco, we know that St. Louis has a long live theater tradition. But the "Gateway to the West...
Washington, DC Operation Homecoming contributor Daniel Uhles (left) and his son Neil on May 9, 2005. Neil was leaving for his second deployment to Iraq. Photo courtesy of Daniel Uhles. In 2004, the NEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Southern Arts Federation, and The Boeing...
Rita Moreno, 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient, has received just about every performance award available -- Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe. In this week's NEA podcast, she talks with Josephine Reed about her life on stage and screen and the memorable roles she played. In this brief...

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