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A 2004 performance of Julie Jensen’s play Wait! at Perseverance Theatre, an NEA grantee in Douglas, Alaska. Rocco caught up with Perseverance's executive artistic director, Art Rotch, during his whirlwind tour of Alaska. Photo courtesy of Perseverance Theatre Last week I was in Alaska as...
“John and Joe." Video courtesy of StoryCorps No one needs to be reminded that this Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of 9/11. As we sift through the innumerable commemorative articles, exhibits, blog posts, and installations, we are shaken into remembering what that day really felt like...
In this week's podcast, Wesley Stace talks about his dual career as a musician and an author. Performing under the stage name John Wesley Harding, he has released some 15 albums. But when he turned his hand to literature, he published under his real name, Wesley Stace. In his third and most...
A Warli performance by Ragamala Dance. Photo by Ed Bock On September 9, the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts will open its doors as one of Minneapolis’s premier art spaces. Formerly known as the Minnesota Shubert Performing Arts and Education Center, the new Cowles has...
September 6, 2011 Danielle Evans. Photo by Nina Subin Barely into her mid-20s, fiction writer Danielle Evans ---a literature and creative writing professor at DC's American University---has already distinguished herself among her peers with such recognition as the 2011 Paterson Prize, the 2011...
"You are the music while the music lasts"-- T.S. Eliot by flickr user Chovee When the NEA released results from its 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts , the numbers on jazz got plenty of attention. From trade journals to the popular press, reporters latched on to the decline...
This week’s podcast gives us the inside scoop on the Vermont Performance Lab (VPL), which is the brainchild of Sara Coffey. Coffey founded VPL to support the creation and development of contemporary dance, music, and performance. VPL achieves this through a residency program in which...
by Charlotte Fox, Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts Students from the 2011 Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Photo by Clark Mischler Back in 2002, when I was just beginning this job and a naive state arts agency director, I made a remark at a statewide public meeting that it was our goal to...
Entrance to the Betty Price Gallery at the Oklahoma State Capitol Complex. Photo courtesy of the Oklahoma Arts Council Oklahoma may be where “the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain,” but it is also home to a magnificent art collection in a prominent if unlikely location---the...
This week's podcast introduces us to two of the 2011 National Heritage Fellows: Roy and PJ Hirabayashi , the founders of San Jose Taiko. The couple combines the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with musical and cultural influences from around the world. San Jose Taiko merges music with...

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