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The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently announced that goods and services sold to tourists and travelers reached $814 billion in 2011. Travel and tourism, it should be noted, is not a unique economic industry. Rather, it consists of the share of output...
In this week's podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American art wing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As the first dedicated art museum in...
Contemplating Jasper Johns by flickr user a tea but no e Did you know that the idea to start painting flags apparently came to Jasper Johns in a dream? Did you know that history has a soft spot for jazz hands? When Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards turned the story of our country’s founding...
Image of cassette tapes used courtesy of Seth Illys on WikiMedia Commons One of the most frustrating things about compelling interviews is editing. Often there is so much great video or audio (aka "tape ," in the parlance of audiophiles) that a lot of wonderful sound and images get cut...
Waterlilies by Barbara Ernst Prey. Watercolor, 28" x 40". Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist. It's summertime, which means more sunshine, more beach time, and more time to enjoy the arts. In anticipation of today's convening of the National Council on the Arts (which we...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...
Art by flickr user Swrobski When interviewing artists and culture mavens for our Art Talk blog series , we often pose the question, "What do you think is the role of the artist in the community?" Below are a few of our favorite answers from a collection of incredible individuals. Don and...
As a dad, I know that my seven-year-old son’s summer arts program makes him a happy camper. He spends his days at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, and painting with his buddies. That has to be good for him. Right? As a social scientist studying...
June 22, 2 012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts medallion. Photo by Robert Leslie I confess that I have a job that I love. Each and every day my colleagues at YoungArts and I have the privilege of working to identify, recognize, and support America’s most talented young (high-school-...

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