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by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now...
Carol Coletta. Photo courtesy of Ms. Coletta Yesterday, I was honored to announce the establishment of ArtPlace , a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2011 National Heritage Fellow Led Kaapana , who is master of two instruments: the slack key guitar and the ukulele. He also possesses an extraordinary voice that can range from a soaring baritone to a yearning falsetto. Kaapana has been a renowned...
The creative placemaking panel in Minneapolis. From l-r: Tom Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Mayor Rybak, Sarah Harris, and Tom Borrup. Photo courtesy of billkelleyphoto.com Last week, I continued a busy month of travel with a trip to Minneapolis. It was a kind of “coming home” for me because...
Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
Rocco caught a fish THIS big at the Silver Salmon Camp. Photo by Sven Haakanson As you read yesterday , my first day in Alaska was truly jam-packed. The pace didn't let up! On the second day of our trip with the Rasmuson Foundation, we went to Bethel, and a small town nearby called Napaskiak,...
A 2004 performance of Julie Jensen’s play Wait! at Perseverance Theatre, an NEA grantee in Douglas, Alaska. Rocco caught up with Perseverance's executive artistic director, Art Rotch, during his whirlwind tour of Alaska. Photo courtesy of Perseverance Theatre Last week I was in Alaska as...
“John and Joe." Video courtesy of StoryCorps No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
A Warli performance by Ragamala Dance. Photo by Ed Bock On September 9, the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts will open its doors as one of Minneapolis’s premier art spaces. Formerly known as the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center, the new Cowles has...

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