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"Self-Portrait at My New Desk" by Daniel Lurie Earlier this month we welcomed Daniel Lurie to the NEA as our new Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Partnerships. As you'll learn in the interview below, Dan comes from a family that firmly believes in the interrelationship of arts...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...
Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis "This is a very practical side to the arts: opening up space for creativity---be it in painting or biology!---and nurturing it." --- Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora: Poems , released by W.W...
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (foreground, center) discussing Visible Weather's proposal with Michael Bell and Barry Bergdoll, MoMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, at the Foreclosed September 17, 2011 Open Studios at MoMA PS1...
by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now...
Carol Coletta. Photo courtesy of Ms. Coletta Yesterday, I was honored to announce the establishment of ArtPlace , a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2011 National Heritage Fellow Led Kaapana , who is master of two instruments: the slack key guitar and the ukulele. He also possesses an extraordinary voice that can range from a soaring baritone to a yearning falsetto. Kaapana has been a renowned...
The creative placemaking panel in Minneapolis. From l-r: Tom Fisher, Rocco Landesman, Mayor Rybak, Sarah Harris, and Tom Borrup. Photo courtesy of billkelleyphoto.com Last week, I continued a busy month of travel with a trip to Minneapolis. It was a kind of “coming home” for me because...
Linda Pastan. Photo by Oliver Pastan In her poem "Traveling Light" award-winning poet Linda Pastan writes, "our lives have minds/of their own." And it is these minds that Pastan illuminates in her deceptively quiet poems in which we are revealed by what we take notice of, by...
Rocco caught a fish THIS big at the Silver Salmon Camp. Photo by Sven Haakanson As you read yesterday , my first day in Alaska was truly jam-packed. The pace didn't let up! On the second day of our trip with the Rasmuson Foundation, we went to Bethel, and a small town nearby called Napaskiak,...

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