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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...
Luis Ubiñas. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation I am often asked why I have such a deep commitment to the arts. It’s because I see the arts as part of what will deliver us from this time of deep economic and, more importantly, spiritual dislocation. The arts can heal, and the arts can...
Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front...
Former NBA player Desmond Mason ---a working visual artist---showed his support for Allied Arts of Oklahoma City by donating an artwork he created live during the organization's 2011 POP! ARTini fundraiser. Photo by Bryan Cook "Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do...
"Self-Portrait at My New Desk" by Daniel Lurie Earlier this month we welcomed Daniel Lurie to the NEA as our new Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Partnerships. As you'll learn in the interview below, Dan comes from a family that firmly believes in the interrelationship of arts...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...

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