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In this week's podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American art wing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As the first dedicated art museum in...
Here I am at Portland's City Hall with Marty Pottenger and some of the Department of Public Services workers engaged in the Art at Work project. (from l-r) Dwayne Cote, Brian Cogill, Dave Melendez, Gordie Greenlaw, Marty Pottenger. Photo by Tonee Harbert My last trip was fairly alliterative---...
Text by Paulette Beete with all images courtesy of Greg Mort Stewardship III by Greg Mort "I think, ultimately, science and art ask the same question. They both seek a kind of beauty." ---Greg Mort For painter Greg Mort , his art is grounded in the stars. His watercolors and oils reflect...
This week's podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities...
Felicia K. Knight. Photo by Towle Tompkins This is my first NEA blog in at least four years. When I was NEA Director of Communications (my tenure ended four years ago), I usually chipped in a Big Read blog because someone else missed a deadline. Since returning to my home state of Maine, I’ve...
June 12, 2012 
by Christian Johansson, Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development The Arts & Entertainment District Program of the Maryland State Arts Council utilizes the arts to spur revitalization in communities across the state. Twenty specially designated districts that are...
Crow Indian poet and former Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird, a frequent participant in activities presented by the YMCA Writer's Voice in Billings, Montana. Photo by Corby Skinner "I’ve always believed culture is the way to have people communicate better, whether it’s art...
Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, photo by Scott Suchma "[Y]ou have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in bad times and good times." --- Michael Kahn Having established himself as a premier artistic...
Students creating art at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Savoy Elementary School Throughout the years, there has been no shortage of proposals designed to improve troubled schools. Longer school days. Block scheduling. Charter schools. Standardized tests. Increased...
At the Blue Star Museums launch event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. From l-r: Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces; Gunnery Sergeant Mark Butler, USMC Public Affairs, NYC; Emily Rafferty, president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman;...

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