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Washington, DC David DiChiera is intricately tied to the city of Detroit, Michigan. Starting his academic career at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan---north of Detroit---DiChiera started the program Overture to Opera in 1963 to introduce audiences to opera by producing scenes in English...
Washington, DC Martina Arroyo's career is so dramatic it could be an opera. Growing up in Harlem, she first worked as a teacher and social worker before auditioning at the Metropolitan Opera (unsuccessfully the first time; winning the radio competition the second). Her big break was replacing...
Washington, DC How do you translate something that makes perfect sense in one language but, if taken literally, would be gibberish in another? That is the dilemma that faces all translators of literary work, but especially so for Natasha Wimmer, who recently handled the translation of two of...
Washington, DC In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month---which actually runs September 15 to October 15, cutting through National Preparedness Month and National Arts and Humanities Month---our Art Works podcast this week is with acclaimed writer Rudolfo Anaya. Anaya first made his name with his...
Washington, DC It is all too appropriate that folklorist Judith McCulloh is receiving an NEA National Heritage Fellowship this year---she was on the original panel back in 1981 that recommended that the NEA begin awarding the fellowships! And even more appropriate that she is receiving the Bess...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Washington, DC The Del McCoury Band. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry Del McCoury is that rare musician who can appear traditional and innovative at the same time. He?s played with bluegrass founder Bill Monroe and the rock band Phish. He?s recorded traditional songs as well as ones written by...
Washington, DC What is the responsibility of those that survive? This question that Julia Alvarez asks in her novel In the Time of the Butterflies is a thread that runs through Alvarez's literary life. In this week's NEA podcast Alvarez---a child of Dominican parents who didn't publish...
Washington, DC You know what they say---instead of complaining about a problem, do something about it. And that?s exactly what Ed Herendeen did. Founder of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Herendeen inaugurated the event in response to what he called...

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