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John Kennedy Toole received posthumously the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for A Confederacy of Dunces . The comic novel was published by Lousiana State University Press, with support from the Arts Endowment. When A Confederacy of Dunces was published in 1980, a remarkable new novel entered into the nation...
Washington, DC Community by Jacob Lawrence (1989) Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, Queens. Photo by Carol Highsmith If you’ve ever served on jury duty, you know it can sometimes be a painful process. It disrupts daily schedules. Selection can be unsettling. You spend a lot of...
Washington, DC This week’s music-filled podcast marks the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan in the first of a two-part interview with his biographer, Sean Wilentz. Wilentz is a cultural historian with musical chops: he’s received a Deems Taylor award for musical commentary and a Grammy...
St. Louis, Missouri Katherine Dunham is a legend in the world of modern dance. A pioneer in integrating African and Caribbean dance movements into her choreography, Dunham was inspired by the fieldwork she conducted as an anthropologist, studying African ritual dance in Jamaica, Trinidad,...
New York, New York Thelma Golden. Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders Thelma Golden has been at the Studio Museum in Harlem since the turn of the millenium, first as the deputy director for exhibits and programs, and, since 2005, as the museum's director and chief curator. For Golden---who also...
Washington, DC Military families enjoy artwork at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego’s Balboa Park after the May 24, 2010 announcement of Blue Star Museums. Photo by Sandy Huffaker. After a long hiatus, the Blue Star Museum blog is back for a second summer of museum madness! If you...
Washington, DC On Wednesday, Rocco Landesman delivered the prestigious Blashfield Address at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. The speech, which has been given in the past by luminaries such as John Updike, Robert Frost, Helen Keller, and Louise Glück, commemorated the induction...
Washington, DC This week’s podcast features Charles Randolph-Wright, director of Arena Stage's current production of Ruined, which recently opened to dazzling reviews in Washington D.C. Since its opening at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Lynn Nottage’s play has been astounding...
Washington, DC May 18, 2011 Unread Book Project by Arthur Huang. Photo courtesy of the artist "At points of intersection, I think that art can expand science and vice versa to help push both fields forward."---Arthur Huang Arthur Huang doesn't see the arts and the sciences as an...
Washington, DC The Neon Man and Me from Shanika Smiley on Vimeo . If there was such a thing as a thoroughbred artist, Slash Coleman would fit the bill. His grandfather was a dancer at Moulin Rouge, his grandmother was a watercolorist, and his father was a sculptor. This genealogical creativity has...

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