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The first time I saw the AIDS Memorial Quilt was in 1996, the last time it was displayed in full in Washington, DC. I was 13 years old, and my father had taken my younger sister and I to the National Mall to see what had by then become a nearly two-mile commemoration of the roughly six million...
Here I am, speaking in Chicago. Photo by Patrick L. Pyszka After our stay in Indiana, it was off to Chicago. The day started bright and early at the Chicago Cultural Center, and it was a great morning for us. Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and...
Here I am during our hard hat tour of the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with (l-r) renowned master printer Joe Segura, Gil Cardenas, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. (And that's Angela Butiste from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and my wife Debby just behind us.)...
Dakshina founder Daniel Phoenix Singh with Melissa Greco Liu in "Sonnet." Photo by Stephen Barnovics, courtesy of Dakshina "[A]rt is the nexus where all the different aspects of my life---as a gay man, a South Asian, a first-generation immigrant, a person of color, a little bit of a...
by Whitney Dail Michael Hearst. Photo by Chris Smith/Photography, courtesy of Michael Hearst/One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp). “On a fundamental level, music is science… But for me, they really just happen to be two big interests of mine.” --- Michael Hearst...
In this week's podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC's many jazz clubs. The problem was, despite the excellent and varied music performed throughout the city,...
Vijay Iyer. Photo by Hans Speekenbrink "[Art] has to do those things that nothing else can do. It has to take us to places where nothing else can take us. It has to connect us in ways that nothing else can." -- Vijay Iyer Grammy-nominated musician Vijay Iyer didn't plan to grow up to...
Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country's jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has credited...
In this week's podcast, we talk with clothing designer Yeohlee Teng. When Teng heard New York City's mayor announce possible changes in zoning regulations that protect manufacturing space in Midtown Manhattan's Garment District, she got to work. As board member of the Council of Fashion...
Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA's new director of arts education, bringing with her a successful track record of integrating the arts...

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