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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...
Melbourne, Australia Photo and text by Jamie Bennett A slide from the presentation of Alison Tickel, director of Julie's Bicycle, a London-based not-for-profit working in environmental sustainability for the creative industries. Day four: Your chance to participate The final day of the summit...
Today the NEA and the Knight Foundation announced the five finalist projects for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge. Watch the video to find out who they are. (You can also read the challenge winner press release in the NEA News Room.) Interested in reading more about new models for...

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