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Washington, DC by Adriene Jenik "Los Altos Story Tree, California" by Wonderlane via Flickr Organizers of the recent National Endowment for the Arts and National Science Foundation summit asked participants to identify in advance and then share with the group their BIG challenges. One...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Madison, Wisconsin Robert Gard (front left) with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson when she visited Spring Green, Wisconsin, one of the rural towns that participated in the Arts in the Small Community project in 1966-1969. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Madison archives As a high school student...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC Mark Olinger--the director of planning and economic development for the City of Madison--was our tour guide at the site of Madison's new Central Park. Photo by NEA staff I was just in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in a way it was going home for me---I graduated from the...
Washington, DC Digital DNA by Adriana Varella and Nilton Maltz. The seven-foot egg, which is quilted from circuit boards, was a commission by the Palo Alto Public Art Commission. Photo by Wonderlane via Flickr A recent National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Endowment for the Arts workshop...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania A model of The Bridge by Elena Colombo. Image courtesy of Colombo Construction Corporation. ArtsQuest's SteelStacks cultural campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is pretty spectacular thanks to the massive blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant towering on one...
Washington, DC Here I am with Linda Carlisle, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Photo courtesy Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts I just returned from an Art Works trip to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, and it was a very busy couple of days. We started...

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