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Washington, DC Video courtesy of The Right Brain Initiative Go to the web site of the Right Brain Initiative and you know immediately you?re in for some serious fun. Arrows fly across the screen as a dog descends from above. A smiling, puffing smokestack encourages you to join the mailing list. And...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast is a conversation with Debra Granik, the director of Winter’s Bone . Winter’s Bone is low-budget independent film that came out of nowhere and made everyone sit up and take notice. It’s an often brutal story of life in the back, back...
Washington, DC Vikramaditya Motwane. Photo courtesy of Sundance Institute. Indian filmmaker Vikramaditya Motwane is one of ten directors participating in Film Forward , a partnership project of the Sundance Institute and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The project...
Washington, DC Ever since its publication in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird has been a source of cultural fascination . It is read in schools, watched on the big screen, written about, discussed, and endlessly interpreted. A new documentary, Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill a Mockingbird , studies...
Yesterday, Rocco was in Pittsburgh where he delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2011 at Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). CAPA was one of the finalists in the White House's Race to the Top Commencement Challenge (take a look at their video down...
Washington, DC Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park. Photo by Santi Diaz via Flickr The University of Chicago is running a series of symposia on the future of the city and all its dimensions. Last week I attended the second one, which was on the arts and the future of the...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast is a conversation with the directors of Youngblood, the theater group focused on playwrights under 30. Theater is not an easy business. Getting a play produced is difficult at any age, but if you’re young and without a track record, you can multiply...
Washington, DC American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland in Swan Lake. Photo by Gene Schiavone Perhaps more than any other type of artist, the ballerina possesses a certain inexplicable mystique. The incredible grace and physicality required of ballet dancers makes them seem of another, more...
Washington, DC NEA Heritage Fellow Richard Hagopian performs Armenian music on the oud , accompanied by his grandson, Andrew Hagopian, on the dumbeg . The performance was given at the San Joaquin River Center in honor of Rocco's visit to Fresno. Video by Jon Ching, courtesy of the Alliance for...
Washington, DC [aslideshow play=true playframe=false panel=false height=650 width=450 imgresize=true effect=fade style="background-color: #000;"] First Steps by Mitchell Jamieson, 1963 [/aslideshow] If you've been following our recent blog posts , you'll know that the NEA loves to...

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