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Melbourne, Australia Photo and text by Jamie Bennett A slide featuring a TV-watching dingo from Mike van Graan's presentation, "Outside the Comfort Zone." Day three: “Phar Lap is Australian for ‘Seabiscuit’” With day three of the World Summit, the day’s...
First pointe shoes by flickr user .Dianna. The College Board, in partnership with the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), recently released two research reports designed to support the revision of the National Arts Education Standards. Building upon the 1994 National Standards,...
If you don’t know what Grab Day is, then listen to this week’s podcast. It’s a conversation with Native-American filmmaker Billy Luther, who made the documentary GRAB . Luther grew up celebrating Grab Day with his father’s family in the Laguna Pueblo of New Mexico. Grab Day...
Melbourne, Australia Text and photo by Jamie Bennett Day two: “Wai palya?” is Pitjantjatjara for “G’day” Day two of IFACCA’s conference began with a Pitjantjatjara language lesson from Trevor Jamieson. In addition to teaching the crowd how to greet one another,...
Melbourne, Australia Text and photo by Jamie Bennett, NEA Chief of Staff/Director of Public Affairs Our flight left LAX at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, and we arrived in Melbourne at 9:30 a.m. on Monday---somehow managing to leapfrog Sunday entirely as we crossed the international dateline. So I find...
Julie Henahan, executive director of the Ohio Arts Council, moderates the panel “A Way Forward: Arts and Economic Development” with Rocco, Chairman & CEO of Limited Brands Leslie H. Wexner, Columbus mayor Michael B. Coleman, and President & CEO of The Columbus Foundation Douglas...
Paul Lisicky. Photo courtesy of Mr. Lisicky 1. One voice syncs with another voice. Until the singers listen to themselves, they had no idea how much they'd missed making a single sound together. The work of it involves not just their tongues, teeth, lips, jaws, and lungs, but their whole bodies...
by Guiomar Ochoa Diego Luna at a September screening of The Invisibles by Ambulante co-founder Gael Garcia Bernal, hosted by Washington Office of Latin America. Photo courtesy of Pennie Ojeda "Whenever you tell a real story, it ends up making a social statement. We believe that the more a film...
When I was in Charleston Mayor Joe Riley (left) and Michael Thomas Maher of the Charleston Civic Design Center showed me the plans for transforming neglected open space in the Gaillard Center Arts Precinct. The project received one of our inaugural Our Town grants. Photo courtesy of South Carolina...
This week's podcast introduces you to opera singer Morris Robinson. Morris is a basso profondo , who has wowed audiences at the Metropolitan Opera, the Lyric Opera, Opera Pacific, the Philadelphia Opera, and on and on. Given his voice (and his operatic resume), it’s a little hard to...

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