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Art by flickr user Swrobski When interviewing artists and culture mavens for our Art Talk blog series , we often pose the question, "What do you think is the role of the artist in the community?" Below are a few of our favorite answers from a collection of incredible individuals. Don and...
As a dad, I know that my seven-year-old son’s summer arts program makes him a happy camper. He spends his days at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, and painting with his buddies. That has to be good for him. Right? As a social scientist studying...
June 22, 2 012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts medallion. Photo by Robert Leslie I confess that I have a job that I love. Each and every day my colleagues at YoungArts and I have the privilege of working to identify, recognize, and support America’s most talented young (high-school-...
This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship , which "recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations." Now in its 30th year, it...
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...
Michal Shapiro. Photo by Bernard Levy There's a joke about a Jewish rowing team. They practiced obsessively, hoping to compete one day, but they could never break the records of the big colleges. When one of their members got accepted to Harvard, they told him, "Observe how they row,...
Text by Paulette Beete Images by Tom Pich Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take...
Goodbye Lola, Goodbye by Alfred Landesman. Photo courtesy of Rocco Landesman My father, Fred Landesman, was the most original and affecting painter who ever lived. I know that's a sweeping statement and there are probably some who would disagree. What about---you can add your own candidate here...
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...

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