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The Pollinators in Lawrence, Kansas. The mural was commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the work of muralist and Kansas native Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). Photo by Dave Loewenstein At the NEA, we have just completed the panels that reviewed this year's round of...
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang While an undergraduate at Stanford University, David Henry Hwang’s first play, FOB , was produced in the glamorous setting of his dormitory. The play, whose title is shorthand for “fresh off the boat,” examined the lives of recent Chinese immigrants. Though...
In my position as Assistant Secretary for Aging at the Department of Health and Human Services I oversee programs administered by the Administration on Aging . As a federal advocate for older Americans, the Administration on Aging is dedicated to protecting the rights of older adults and helping...
From Charleston to New York City, Rocco was up and down the east coast this week celebrating the launch of Blue Star Museums . Now in its third year, the program honors active duty service members and their families by offering free admission to over 1,600 participating museums between Memorial Day...
Artwork by a service member participating in the NICoE’s Healing Arts Program. Image courtesy of NICoE In this week's podcast , art therapist Melissa Walker takes us through the Healing Arts program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical...
Hung Liu. Photo courtesy of the artist In 1984, Hung Liu emigrated from the People’s Republic of China to the United States, becoming one of the first Chinese artists to study in the U.S. An adult by the time she left her native country, Liu had spent four years receiving her “proletariat...
2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Kristen Dupard recites during the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 15, 2012. Photo by James Kegley Kristen Dupard has had quite a busy May! Not only did she go stanza a stanza---so to speak---with 52 other state champions to win top honors at the Poetry...
Marilyn Chin. Photo by Don Romero "I believe that “innovation” means to be courageous and to get out of your comfort zone and try new approaches." --- Marilyn Chin Marilyn Chin's work unflinchingly explores what it is to be both Asian and American, where those worlds...
Carlton Turner of Alternate ROOTS and I spoke in front of a group of about 450 when we chatted about creative placemaking at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Photo by Jhai James, Georgia Council on the Arts Here’s part two of my southern arts adventures. (You can catch up on what I did in North...
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs. Her solo career has been remarkably successful both popularly and critically. She’s known as a wonderful interpreter of song and as a...

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