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New Urban Arts artist mentor Abel Hernandez works on a logo design with a student. Photo by Jesse Banks III On February 14 the NEA hosted a meeting titled Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable. More than a dozen experts in...
The National Science Foundation established the Science of Learning (SLC) Program in 2003 in order to advance our understanding of how people, other animals and machines learn. In recognition of the complexities associated with the study of learning, the program provides support for the...
The Curley School in Ajo, Arizona, after being renovated by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance. Photo by Ron McCoy Built in the early 20th century, the Curley School was once the architectural jewel of Ajo, Arizona, a former copper mining town just 40 miles north of Mexico. But once the area...
Meet legendary pianist and 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient André Watts. The son of a Hungarian pianist and an African-American soldier, Watts spent his early childhood in Europe before his family moved to Philadelphia. He is a brilliant classical pianist, and for almost 45 years, he has been...
Mackey Apartments (R.M. Schindler, 1939). Home of the MAK Center’s Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program. Photograph by Joshua White When Vienna-born architect Rudolph Schindler moved to L.A. in 1920, he brought with him a modernist aesthetic that would produce some of the city's...
The full cast of The Laramie Project. Directed by Kirsten Brandt, set design by Dennis Jones, and lighting design Joanna Hobbs. Photo courtesy of Sierra Repertory Theatre, Rich Miller Photography In many ways, the Sierra Repertory Theatre boasts that type of dream big, work hard, all-American story...
Vintage Postcard Washington's Birthday, H.B. Griggs. Image courtesy of flickr user riptheskull Did you know that the White House is considered a living museum? Roughly 50,000 objects are part of the permanent collection, which includes everything from paintings and sculpture to silverware and...
This week's podcast puts the spotlight on 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient Rita Dove. Dove has had a remarkable career as a poet, and she has the credentials to prove it. Not only was she the first African-American U. S. Poet Laureate, she was also the youngest ever appointed. She has also...
Thanks to some camera work by my wife Debby, I was able to get a photo with Mel Tillis, one of my musical heroes! Photo by Debby Landesman Earlier this week we honored the eight recipients of the 2011 National Medal of the Arts (and the nine National Humanities Medalists ). We kicked off the...
2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actress Rita Moreno receives her medal from President Barack Obama at an East Room ceremony at the White House on February 25, 2010. Photo by Richard Frasier. 2009 National Medal of Arts recipient and singer/dancer/actor Rita Moreno receives...

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