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Desmond Mason paints live for guests at the 2011 POP! ARTini fundraiser. The finished piece was auctioned at the end of the evening with proceeds benefitting Allied Arts. Photo by Bryan Cook. "A thriving art community is the heartbeat of any city; there's no question about that." Even...
Givers. From left to right: Josh LeBlanc, Tiffany Lamson, Taylor Guarisco, Kirby Campbell, and Nick Stephan. Photo courtesy of Givers “ This is the moment that you need to be in.” ---Tiffany Lamson Givers is a band that consists of five friends from Lafayette, Louisiana---the art that...
George Nock with his sculpture, SILK. Bronze with lacquer finish. Photo by Derek Blanks "Theirs are the eyes of visionaries." ---George Nock, on artists Artists and athletes generally inhabit opposite ends of the stereotype spectrum: the jocks just don't mix with the poets and...
The innovative and prolific opera director Nic Muni takes center stage in this week's podcast. Muni has served as artistic director for the Tulsa Opera and the Cincinnati Opera. As a freelance stage director, he has directed over 200 productions with companies in North America, Europe, and...
Congressman Schock and Rocco with students at the Peoria Ballet . Photo by Jamie Bennett Last week, I was back in Peoria, Illinois, where I made my very first Art Works tour stop back in 2009. It was an intense trip---we basically only had one full day---but it was also a reunion. I was reunited...
The original CSPS Hall (top), built in 1891, has been restored by Legion Arts. Below, the building during the renovation process. Top photo coutesy of Legion Arts; bottom photo by Mel Andringa For a multidisciplinary presenting organization dedicated to contemporary, cutting-edge art, Legion Arts...
Ellen Dissanayake holding a carved Nokwe figure from the Kwoma people of Papua New Guinea's Sepik River area. Photo by Ingrid Barrentine. NEA Research Note #102 presents encouraging findings about the cultural and financial value of the performing arts in the U.S. in 2007. Considering the...
August 15, 2011 John Ephland. Photo by Kristin Putney When approached by the NEA to respond to the conversation between NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa and the Knight Foundation’s Vice President for Arts Dennis Scholl about the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge, my...
From left to right: Artist Mary Ann Chubb, Raku artist Michael Conger, potter Martha Hollenhorst, and Clayworks founder Susan Ward. Photo courtesy of Susan W. Ward and Boulder Mountain Clayworks Skiing, hiking, and biking on the majestic Bald Mountain are just a few of the activities associated...
This week’s podcast features a conversation with David Seidler, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The King’s Speech . The film also received the much-coveted best picture nod, as well as an Oscar for Colin Firth’s portrayal of England’s George VI, who was determined...

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