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National Council on the Arts

”Watercolor is a lot like jazz---there’s a lot of improvising and things happen that are unexpected.” --- Barbara Ernst Prey Visual artist Barbara Ernst Prey has served on the NEA's National Council on the Arts since 2008. A distinguished watercolorist, Prey's work has...
One of the aspects I enjoy most about being a member of the National Council on the Arts is reading through all of the grants recommended by the panels for our vote. I am impressed by the abundance of art happening in the United States. As a painter and watercolorist I was excited when I read of...
As most artists know, becoming a professional isn't necessarily about talent. It's about having the discipline to spend hours in the studio, the persistence to continually audition or submit despite inevitable rejection, and having a passion that outweighs financial desires. This is true...
"[The arts] are a really important mechanism for people to be able to create identity and purpose together." --- Maria Rosario Jackson Thanks to her parents, Maria Rosario Jackson , Ph.D., one of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, has long been interested in the arts...
A few weeks ago, we had the chance to sit down with two of the newest members of the National Council on the Arts, David “Mas” Masumoto and Maria Lopez de Leon . As we chatted, it became clear that the arts formed a common thread between Masumoto and de Leon despite their very different...
What better way to welcome Dr. Bruce Carter to the National Council on the Arts than by introducing him to you, our beautiful reading public? A resident of Miami Beach, Carter received his master’s in music from the Peabody Conservatory and his PhD in music education from Northwestern...
This week's podcast is part two of our conversation with Hollywood writer, producer, and executive Frank Price. Last time , we concentrated on Price's career in television. This week, we focus on his films. In 1978, Price left Universal Television and moved to Columbia Pictures, first as...
This week , in the first of a two-part interview, we meet Hollywood writer, producer, and executive Frank Price. A current member of the National Council on the Arts, Price has had enormous impact on media culture in the second half of the 20th century, and on into the 21st. As president of...
"Chicago Theatre, State Street" by Kevin Dooley "Communities need artists and artists need communities to mutually inspire and create spaces for true discourse that can lead to positive change." --- Deepa Gupta New National Council on the Arts member Deepa Gupta lives in Chicago...
October 18. 2012 Irvin Mayfield takes a solo during his gig with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Josh Goleman, courtesy of New Orleans Jazz Orchestra In what may have been a first for the NEA, earlier this month, National Council on the Arts members Irvin Mayfield and...

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