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by Malcolm White, Executive Director, Mississippi Arts Commission Mississippi Arts Commission Executive Director Malcolm White. Photo by Susan Dobbs Fall in Mississippi brings to mind many things: the waning days of heat and humidity, another year of SEC rivalries, harvest season in the Delta soil...
Katerina Souvorova. Photo by Alexandre Souvorova With a career that has spanned from the Bolshoi Opera to the Baltimore Opera, Katerina Souvorova has become something of a Jill-of-all-trades for the opera world. She is a performing pianist, coaches vocal students at Catholic University, and has...
One of the really neat things about the IFACCA conference was the number of arts performances that were scheduled throughout the conference. Jamie took this photo of a performance by the group Kundalila. I was just in Australia for the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture (IFACCA)...
Map of the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice. Image by Nancy Howell This week’s podcast: What does an opera singer living in a small New York town do when he learns the local playground needs new equipment? Well, if he’s Kerry Henderson, he proposes putting on a concert with...
J.D. McClatchy. Photo by Geoff Spear I’ve been writing poems for half a century now, and for nearly as long I’ve been teaching students---at Princeton and at Yale---how to write them as well, drilling them in the complexities of the craft and the ambitions of the art. Thomas Mann once...
by Scott Provancher, President, Arts & Science Council Scott Provancher. Photo courtesy of Arts & Science Council My colleagues and I at the Arts & Science Council (ASC) have been closely following the national and regional trends that affect the health of the Arts industry. In...
Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si Jon Hinojosa with students from Say Si. Photo courtesy of Say Si “We believe that each student that joins our program is there not only to gain wisdom but to impart wisdom.” – Jon Hinojosa Jon Hinojosa is the...
In this week's podcast, the spotlight is on legendary stage designer and 2011 NEA Opera Honoree John Conklin. Conklin’s influence on set design is difficult to exaggerate. His set and costume designs have been seen in opera houses, theaters, and ballet companies around the world...
Mike Henry. Photo courtesy of Mr. Henry I’ve spent the last two days attending the Grantmakers in the Arts conference in San Francisco. These are the largest and most giving foundations in support of the arts. Unlike radio’s myopic focus on 25-54 adults, foundations tend to mine...
Zhou Zan. Photo by Katie Schulze "though shaped like banners, the women/never indulge in dancing in the wind --- from "Wings" by Zhou Zan Zhou Zan, a native of China's Jiangsu Province, is a poet, translator, and scholar. She edits the journal Wings , which is devoted to women...

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