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Our Town

One of the neatest things about working at the NEA is seeing how many different ways a dollar can be transformed into art. For instance, the $4.725 million we awarded to our 2013 Our Town grantees will eventually be turned into a mural festival in Honolulu, public opera programs in Nashville, and a...
Back in April 2010---I visited York, Pennsylvania. Mayor C. Kim Bracey presented me with the Key to York, and a member of the York Revolution baseball team gave me my own Revolution jersey. Photo by NEA Staff I’ve been officially retired now for 27 days, which seems like as good a time as any...
An evening view of the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where ArtsQuest and the city repurposed the Bethlehem Steel industrial site into an arts and cultural facility with a movie theater, arts gallery, and numerous outdoor performing arts spaces. Photo by Jeffrey Totaro In our latest...
Here's an "action shot" of our press conference in Fargo on the city's Our Town grant. Photo by M. Sauvageau My latest Art Works tour took me to Minnesota and North Dakota. I started at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. To some degree my whole NEA agenda started at MacPhail Center; I...
Zombie pop art. Based on the photo Zombie Head 2 by flickr user welovethedark Today, the NEA is pleased to announce a $50,000 Our Town grant for the town of Dead End. A unique artist enclave in the Afterworld, Dead End will use its grant money to further enhance the spiritual life of its residents...
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, which...
Washington, DC Artist Jackie Brookner leading a charrette in St. Louis for a community-based design project called Public Art & Ecology: A Watershed Project for The Confluence. Photo courtesy of the artist Our first Our Town grants were officially announced today , and we congratulate the 51...
Washington, DC Playwright Edward Albee. On March 12, playwright Edward Albee will celebrate his 83rd birthday. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and 1996 National Medal of Arts recipient is known as a brilliant wordsmith whose plays ring with witty and biting dialogue. Albee is an iconoclast...
Washington, DC by Rocco Landesman When I make the case for investing in the arts, I use just two words that have three meanings: "Art works." "Art works" first refers to works of art themselves---the performances, objects, and texts that are the creation of artists. "Art...