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Los Angeles, California Lula Washington. Photo courtesy Lula Washington Dance Theatre Lula Washington, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder and artistic director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre has been inspiring people with her mix of contemporary modern and African-American dance...
Washington, DC Jeffrey Sweet wrote the book on Chicago theater. No, really, he wrote the book: Something Wonderful Right Away: An Oral History of The Second City & The Compass Players is considered the definitive book on the history of improv theater in the Windy City. The Second City troupe...
Washington, DC Proposed site of the Broadway Art Center in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Stephen Friday I had a great trip to California last week. We began on the eve of our L.A. meetings with a dinner with our old friends at the Irvine Foundation, Jim Canales and Josephine Ramirez, who have...
Paterson, New Jersey The Great Falls in downtown Paterson, New Jersey. Photo by Bob Guarasci The mission of the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC) is to transform the City of Paterson---one of the nation's most economically distressed communities---into a thriving, diverse,...
Memphis, Tennessee Renderings of the proposed facade of 477 S. Main, from Rebecca Conrad at Askew Nixon Ferguson Architects. Memphis, Tennessee, incorporated in 1826, is known for its rich and vibrant culture. The city government has been focusing on leveraging and amplifying the city's arts...
Washington, DC A photo from the "Afghanistan: Not the War Only" series by Monika Bulaj, a 2010 grant winner from the Aftermath Project. Photo courtesy of the Aftermath Project Imagine a media landscape where the consequences of a war?s aftermath are just as newsworthy as the conflict...
Washington, DC November 9, 2010 James Franco's photograph Houses , 2008, was part of the June 2010 exhibition The Dangerous Book Four Boys at AIR's Clocktower Gallery in Manhattan. Photo courtesy of Marianne Spurr/AIR, Art International Radio and the Clocktower Gallery James Franco has been...
Sacramento, CA Dancers from Sacramento Ballet perform on the street for free to better connect with the community. Photo courtesy of Sacramento Ballet Innovation Since coming to Sacramento with roots in New York and Los Angeles, I am continually inspired by being part of a community reaching for...
Washington, DC By Sarah Sullivan, Senior Research Program Analyst Julieta Venegas performing at SummerStage in Central Park, New York City. Photo by Jack Vartoogian(c)/FrontRowPhoto The NEA recently released a report on outdoor arts festivals in the U.S. The three-volume report, Live from Your...
Washington, DC Frank Stella first made his name in the visual arts as one of the Abstract Expressionists. From there he broadened his approach, designing sets for choreographer Merce Cunningham and moving from painting into sculptures. Soon he was painting cars for BMW and creating large-scale...

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