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National Council on the Arts

Ranee Ramaswamy is the founder and co-artistic director of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance . (She shares artistic leadership with her daughter Aparna.) For more than two decades, the company, which has previously received grant support from the NEA, has presented South Indian classical dance...
Although it was an exhibit on medieval instruments that first introduced Olga Viso to the power of the arts, her career has since leaped a few centuries beyond this early interest. Since 2008, she has served as executive director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, one of the country’s...
"We have to figure out how to increase the value that people put on the arts. We have to figure out how to show people that it's important in everybody's lives… " -- Rick Lowe Long before creative placemaking became a buzzword, thanks to Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe...
”Watercolor is a lot like jazz---there’s a lot of improvising and things happen that are unexpected.” --- Barbara Ernst Prey Visual artist Barbara Ernst Prey has served on the NEA's National Council on the Arts since 2008. A distinguished watercolorist, Prey's work has...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
by Maria Rosario Jackson We asked our National Council of the Arts members to share some thoughts about projects from our recent round of grants that particularly resonated with them. Here’s what Maria Rosario Jackson had to say… WaterFire Providence ’s Livability Experiments :...
We asked our National Council of the Arts members to share some thoughts about projects from our recent round of grants that particularly resonated with them. Here's what David "Mas" Masumoto and Joan Israelite had to say... David "Mas" Masumoto Allison Orr Dance, Inc aka...
As most artists know, becoming a professional isn't necessarily about talent. It's about having the discipline to spend hours in the studio, the persistence to continually audition or submit despite inevitable rejection, and having a passion that outweighs financial desires. This is true...
"[The arts] are a really important mechanism for people to be able to create identity and purpose together." --- Maria Rosario Jackson Thanks to her parents, Maria Rosario Jackson , Ph.D., one of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, has long been interested in the arts...
A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with two of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, David “Mas” Masumoto and Maria Lopez de Leon . As we chatted, it became clear that the arts formed a common thread between Masumoto and de Leon despite their very different...

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