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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania When we visit a museum, there’s a good chance we’ll join up with a docent or pick up an audio guide. If we're at home, we might listen to a museum podcast or watch a video about the latest and greatest exhibits. But for those who are deaf or hard-of-...
Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse helped revitalize Grand Rapids' ailing downtown. Photo courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library Stamped on everything from the city's letterhead to its garbage trucks, Alexander Calder's La Grande Vitesse is much more than a landmark. It's...
Chad Bauman. Photo courtesy of Mr. Bauman In my role as director of communications at Arena Stage, I supervise media relations in addition to marketing and a few other areas. As originally intended, this blog was developed to discuss arts marketing, however from time to time, I stray a little and...
No Cash Value courtesy of flickr user bigcityal Arts and cultural organizations are long accustomed to referring to artworks as “assets”---but what about the U.S. government? Apart from the NEA and other cultural agencies, the deliberate use of this term to connote artistic value is not...
This week?s podcast celebrates the great Louis Armstrong, who was born 110 years ago today. Our guide to his career is the award-winning jazz critic (and Armstrong biographer) Gary Giddins. Giddins is second to none in his admiration of Armstrong; he believes that Armstrong is the single most...
Washington Post Maura Judkis. Photo by Jay Westcott, Politico In the last hour on Twitter, I've read that artist William Powhida's New York show is a dud, and that Hugo Weaving's performance as the Red Skull is a high point in Captain America . These weren't opinions from published...
"From K-12th grade, we're a wasted cause. We 'learn,' we do poorly on tests, we get expelled from school for fighting. Truth is, though, despite this stereotype displayed in the media, we care. We recognize that the failures and anger of city students is a product of our poor...
Jane Comfort. Photo by Lois Greenfield "Art works. Just let it." --- Jane Comfort Since 1978 Jane Comfort has created more than 45 dance theater works for her eponymous company. Melding the vernaculars of dance, theater, and literature, Comfort creates profoundly moving works that defy...
Sondra Radvanovsky. Image courtesy of Ms. Radvanovsky "Singing really is my drug of choice!" --- Sondra Radvanovsky According to Illinois native Sondra Radvanovsky , she fell in love with music thanks to a timely purchase by her mother of a Karen Carpenter record. Music is still...
How do we build a better future for Americans? By asking for advice from those ordinary Americans who are already doing extraordinary things. Each week the White House invites these Champions of Change---those people who work in their communities every day to "out-innovate, out-educate, and...

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