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So there you are, in charge of one of the most treasured orchestras in the country. Looked up to. Respected. And there in the front row, one of your musicians is your mother. You know, the person who took care of you for years---now you're her boss. That?s the situation Alan Gilbert faced when he...
Chicago, Illinois In this scene from Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro , (l to r) Rutherford (Demetrios Troy), James (Billy Eugene Jones), and Henry (Teagle F. Bougere) rouse congregants to join them for a non-violent march. Photo courtesy Goodman Theatre Before moving to Washington, DC , I...
Washington, DC Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi...
Washington, DC JiYoung Lee and other young artists from Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program performed at the Great American Voices launch event, which was held in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon. Photo by Keith W. Wood, The Boeing Company From 2005-2007, the NEA's...
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...

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