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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (center) shares the podium with (l to r) Tom Cochran, Exec. Dir. of the US Conference of Mayors; Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, founder of MICD; Ron Bogle, President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation; Oliver T

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (center) shares the podium with (l to r) Tom Cochran, Exec. Dir. of the US Conference of Mayors; Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, founder of MICD; Ron Bogle, President and CEO of the American Architectural Foundation; Oliver Thomas, President of the New Orleans City Council; Jeff B. Speck, NEA; Louisiana Lieutenant Gov. Mitchell Landrieu. Photo: Aaron Koch.

After the Storm
Gulf Coast mayors attended two special sessions of the Mayors, Institute on City Design November 14 and 15. Jeff B. Speck, NEA Director of Design, said the programs offered the mayors "the opportunity to revisit the basic principles of design and the fundamentals of good city-making so they can wisely interpret and weigh all the advice they are receiving [on rebuilding]."
 

Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (right) with NEA National Heritage Fellow Eldrid Skjold Arntzen (center) and NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Eileen Mason.

Congresswoman Nancy Johnson (right) with NEA National Heritage Fellow Eldrid Skjold Arntzen (center) and NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Eileen Mason. Photo: Paulette Beete.

 
NEA Director of Music and Opera Wayne Brown

NEA Director of Music and Opera Wayne Brown at the LBJ library NEA at 40 symposium. Photo: Charles Bogel.

The NEA in New England
On November 14, Congresswoman Nancy L. Johnson of Connecticut's Fifth District hosted the Arts Endowment for a grant workshop in Waterbury. Held at Waterbury Arts Magnet School, the event for prospective grantees attracted representatives from more than 50 local arts organizations and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.

 

Art Talk
This fall Austin's LBJ Presidential Library and Museum hosted "The NEA at 40: Cultural Policy and American Democracy." The October 28th and 29th symposium featured a keynote address by NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and lively discussion from panelists including NEA Directors Wayne Brown and Douglas Sonntag.
 

A wide shot of the whole orchestra, with the conductor in the center.

The Glens Falls Symphony performs Made in America. Photo: Michael Mason, courtesy of Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra.

Sounding Off
In October, 2004 NEA grantee Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra premiered "Made in America," a new work by Joan Tower collaboratively commissioned by 65 small orchestras in partnership with the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet the Composer. With NEA funding in place, Ford Motor Company committed $500,000 to support the program over three years. Eight orchestras will perform the piece nationwide in November and December with the project serving 65 communities across all 50 states by 2007.