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March 11, 2010 Philadelphia, PA What started in 1984 as part of an anti-graffiti campaign has now become one of Philadelphia?s signature public art programs: the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The program uses the art of mural making to foster civic engagement, create arts education...
March 9, 2010 Baltimore, MD Guest Blogger - Jeremy Nowak, President and CEO of The Reinvestment Fund Today, Rocco Landesman and I are enjoying a pizza lunch with the developers of City Arts and the community and arts leaders driving the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. In effect this...
March 5, 2010 Washington, DC Nick Spitzer, host of the public radio program American Routes , lived in Philadelphia in the early 1970s as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. He talked with the NEA's Josephine Reed about how Philadelphia?s arts and culture have evolved over the years. [...
March 3, 2010 Washington, DC Yesterday I was on the road again, this time to Philadelphia, which I think is one of the great models for what we?ve started to talk about here at the NEA. It's a city that really gets it about the cultural economy. It's inspiring to see the commitment of Mayor Nutter...
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC One of the key components of an Art Works visit is the public roundtable discussion with community leaders. These sessions explore cross-sector issues central to that locale's arts and cultural development. Back on February 1st, as part of his Art Works trip to Miami,...
February 26, 2010 Washington, DC What do gardens, Puerto Rican cuisine, and mask-making have in common? The Norris Square Neighborhood Project (NSNP) in lower North Philadelphia tapped into all three in imaginative ways to transform their formally derelict neighborhood into a place of beauty, joy,...
Washington, DC Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, a Miami native, has earned quite a few frequent flier miles in recent years. In October 2008, the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, produced McCraney?s trilogy, collectively titled The Brother/Sister Plays , as an NEA Outstanding New...
February 1, 2010 Washington, DC How would you represent the phrase "art works" in a single image? "Art works" is Rocco's guiding principle for his work at the NEA. The phrase has three meanings: "art works" are the plays, paintings, dances, films and the other...
January 29, 2010 Washington, DC Concluding his January 6th PBS News Hour interview with Rocco , PBS's Jeffrey Brown invited the public to send in follow-up questions and comments. Mr. Brown has published Rocco's responses on his blog...
January 27, 2010 Washington, DC Enlarge image This coming Monday, February 1, Rocco will leave behind the monumental architecture of the nation's capital to immerse himself in the pioneering design world of Miami. Over the course of his day-long visit the NEA Chairman will visit some of the...

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