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Luis Ubiñas. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation I am often asked why I have such a deep commitment to the arts. It’s because I see the arts as part of what will deliver us from this time of deep economic and, more importantly, spiritual dislocation. The arts can heal, and the arts can...
Here I am with the 2011 NEA Heritage Fellows after the September 21 awards ceremony at the Capitol Visitors Center. (back row, l-r) Me, Yuri Yunakov, Carlinhos Pandeiro de Ouro, Roy Hirabayashi, Ledward Kaapana, Bo Dollis, Jr. (representing his father Bo Dollis), Jim Griffith, Barry Bergey; (front...
Former NBA player Desmond Mason ---a working visual artist---showed his support for Allied Arts of Oklahoma City by donating an artwork he created live during the organization's 2011 POP! ARTini fundraiser. Photo by Bryan Cook "Politicians don't bring people together. Artists do...
"Self-Portrait at My New Desk" by Daniel Lurie Earlier this month we welcomed Daniel Lurie to the NEA as our new Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Partnerships. As you'll learn in the interview below, Dan comes from a family that firmly believes in the interrelationship of arts...
Simon Shaheen. Photo by Tom Pich This week’s podcast , is a conversation with 1994 NEA National Heritage Fellow Simon Shaheen , possibly the greatest Arab musician of his generation. A virtuoso on both the violin and the oud, Simon is a creative force who moves effortlessly from traditional...
Kimiko Hahn. Photo by Nancy Bareis "This is a very practical side to the arts: opening up space for creativity---be it in painting or biology!---and nurturing it." --- Kimiko Hahn Kimiko Hahn is the author of several collections of poetry, including Toxic Flora: Poems , released by W.W...
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (foreground, center) discussing Visible Weather's proposal with Michael Bell and Barry Bergdoll, MoMA's Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, at the Foreclosed September 17, 2011 Open Studios at MoMA PS1...
by Glenn Moomau Glenn Moomau. Photo by Sam Holden When I heard that self-described “guitar man” Warner Williams was to be included in this year’s class of the NEA’s National Heritage Fellows, I called my best friend down in Montgomery County, Maryland, to ask after the now...
Carol Coletta. Photo courtesy of Ms. Coletta Yesterday, I was honored to announce the establishment of ArtPlace , a consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions to drive the revitalization of cities and towns with a new investment model that puts the arts at the center of...
This week's podcast is a conversation with 2011 National Heritage Fellow Led Kaapana , who is master of two instruments: the slack key guitar and the ukulele. He also possesses an extraordinary voice that can range from a soaring baritone to a yearning falsetto. Kaapana has been a renowned...

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