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Washington, DC Gullah community members take part in a "ring shout" in Georgia, circa 1930. Photo courtesy of the Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution The Anacostia Community Museum may be located in Southeast Washington, D.C., but the communities it explores stretch far...
Washington, DC The Carolina Chocolate Drops---(l-r) Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson---performing with NEA Heritage Fellow Joe Thompson (second from right). Photo by Lissa Gotwals The Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops are a bit of an anomaly. At the heart of their...
New York, NY "Social Dress Buffalo" (installation view, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University) © Takashi Horisaki Working primarily in sculpture Japanese visual artist Takashi Horisaki has exhibited widely at venues including New York City's Socrates Sculpture Park and St...
Washington, DC Quincy Troupe. Photo by Jerry Jack. Award-winning author Quincy Troupe has written nearly two dozen books of poetry and non-fiction, including Miles: An Autobiography and Snake-Back Solos , both of which received an American Book Award. He has also received a Peabody Award for the...
New York, New York Image courtesy of Classical Theatre of Harlem When you hear "the arts" and "Harlem" you may think immediately of jazz and literature---Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald or Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. But among the wealth of arts opportunities in Harlem these days you...
Washington, DC Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. Photo courtesy of Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University 2011 NEA Literature Fellow Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is the author of three books of poetry: The Gospel of Barbecue (winner of the 1999 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize); Outlandish Blues ; and Red...
Silver Spring, Maryland Jim Jorgensen as Roy Cohn in Forum Theatre's production of Angels in America . Photo by Melissa Blackall Last fall, Forum Theatre inaugurated its new home in Silver Spring, Maryland, with a production of the play cycle Angels in America and Perestroika by Pulitzer Prize-...
Los Angeles, California Lula Washington. Photo courtesy Lula Washington Dance Theatre Lula Washington, dancer, choreographer, teacher, and founder and artistic director of the Lula Washington Dance Theatre has been inspiring people with her mix of contemporary modern and African-American dance...
Washington, DC A photo from the "Afghanistan: Not the War Only" series by Monika Bulaj, a 2010 grant winner from the Aftermath Project. Photo courtesy of the Aftermath Project Imagine a media landscape where the consequences of a war?s aftermath are just as newsworthy as the conflict...
New York City, New York Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera, in the HD truck. Photo by Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera Today we're talking with Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, about why you don't need to be in New York City to attend a performance...

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