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Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts bestows the nation’s highest honor in jazz—the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships—on individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form. Today, the NEA has announced the four newest recipients of this lifetime honor: Bob Dorough , vocalist,...
Houston native James Francies learned early on that he had perfect pitch. That gift, along with untold hours of practice, has made him one of the most sought-after pianists playing today. After graduating from the presitigous Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Francies earned a...
From the first hospital established in 1732 to the first meeting of the U.S. Congress in 1789 to the first zoo opened in 1847, Philadelphia has long been a city of national firsts. According to a 2007 New York Magazine article, the City of Brotherly Love was also the birthplace of modern graffiti,...
"Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life." —Amy Poehler
As we prepare to celebrate the 242nd birthday of the USA, what better way to celebrate, investigate, and illuminate our country's complexity than with poetry. From love poems to laments, in lines short and long, in metaphor and plainspeak, these poets sing of the America they know, the America they...
Denali Tiller is very clear about why she made her documentary Tre Maison Dasan , which follows the lives of three boys whose parents are (or were) incarcerated. As she told us when we interviewed her during the AFI Docs film festival, “I didn’t make this film to be a filmmaker. I made this film to...
Beth King vividly remembers when her son’s fiddle broke during the Augusta Heritage Center’s annual summer workshop series. He was 11 or 12 years old, and had already taken a keen interest in learning the Appalachian fiddle traditions of West Virginia, where the center is housed on the campus of...
When most people think about public art, they think of a mural on a wall or a building, or perhaps a large sculpture in a park. While murals and sculptures are certainly public art, they are far from the only ways that public art can be expressed. Perhaps a better term for public art would be...
While art museums can be wonderful places for sparking our imaginations, they can also be, well, a little intimidating. For one thing, it’s sometimes hard to see them as places of fun when you think you’re going to spend most of the time telling your kids, “No, don’t touch that!” And then, of...

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