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If you asked me early in my medical career how the arts played a role in healing, I might have checked to see if you had a fever. How times have changed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched our profession evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our wounded warriors. Some of those who have...
From l-r: Judd Greenstein, photo by Joshua Frankel; Sarah Kirkland Snider, photo by Murat Eyuboglu; William Brittel, photo by Murat Eyuboglu The music produced by New Amsterdam Records has been described as post-classical, indie-classical, genre-less. Regardless of its classifications, or non-...
Benjamin Percy and his sister and fellow writer Jennifer Percy. Photo by William J. Adams “The writer’s life is spent alone---at the desk---the missives we write equivalent to notes in a bottle tossed into a midnight sea.” --- Benjamin Percy Not only does writing apparently run in...
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...

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