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Rocco dropped in on the Plains Art Museum during his December visit to Fargo, North Dakota. Here he is with chief curator Megan Johnston (left) and Colleen Sheehy, the museum's director. Housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse in Fargo, North Dakota, the Plains Art Museum , is a...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2012 Jazz Master Jimmy Owens . The timing couldn’t be better: tomorrow, we celebrate his birthday and in early January, he releases his new CD called The Monk Project (which features fellow Jazz Master Kenny Barron ). There is little in the world...
­­­­ The new farmers market in Windsor, North Carolina, built by the students of Studio H. Photo courtesy of Project H Design Five years ago, Emily Pilloton was living the typical cubicle lifestyle in San Francisco, where she earned a steady income, had a desk, and designed...
DeAnna Cummings. Photo by Michele Spaise At Juxtaposition Arts , creativity isn’t just seen as a form of expression: it’s considered an agent of change. Based in North Minneapolis, one of the city’s most underserved neighborhoods, the organization provides visual arts literacy...
Ira Silverberg. Photo © Tim Pannell Today we're welcoming new literature director Ira Silverberg on his first day at the NEA! Silverberg joins the agency after a distinguished career in the private sector of literary publishing, including stints as a literary agent, director of foreign...
Eldery Gentleman by flickr user Lucia.. In my early to mid-20s, I was a reporter and then managing editor for a news service that covered biomedical research and health policy. Based in the Washington, DC area, I had two main beats. One was Capitol Hill and its vast network of scientific societies...
This week's podcast focuses on the improbable friendship between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Their relationship is the subject of Brenda Wineapple’s book, White Heat , which was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award. Higginson was a prominent cultural...
AIDS Quilt in front of White House, courtesy of flickr user schacon On World AIDS Day, which coincides with A Day With(out) Art, it is easy to mourn not only the artists we lost to AIDS, but the potential art they might have created had they lived. But instead of mourning, today we are celebrating...
So I thought I’d work up an appetite for Thanksgiving with a pre-holiday trip to Iowa, Wisconsin, and South Dakota. We started out in Dubuque, and met up there with Bill O’Brien, our senior advisor for program innovation, who’s a native Dubuquer. He immediately provided me with...
"I don't consider myself an innovator but I do consider myself a collector, a remixer, and a presenter." Shawnee, Oklahoma native Samantha Crain has been described by no less than Rolling Stone magazine as having a voice that's "gorgeously odd---all fulsome, shape-shifting...

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