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Waterlilies by Barbara Ernst Prey. Watercolor, 28" x 40". Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist. It's summertime, which means more sunshine, more beach time, and more time to enjoy the arts. In anticipation of today's convening of the National Council on the Arts (which we...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...
Art by flickr user Swrobski When interviewing artists and culture mavens for our Art Talk blog series , we often pose the question, "What do you think is the role of the artist in the community?" Below are a few of our favorite answers from a collection of incredible individuals. Don and...
As a dad, I know that my seven-year-old son’s summer arts program makes him a happy camper. He spends his days at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, and painting with his buddies. That has to be good for him. Right? As a social scientist studying...
June 22, 2 012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts medallion. Photo by Robert Leslie I confess that I have a job that I love. Each and every day my colleagues at YoungArts and I have the privilege of working to identify, recognize, and support America’s most talented young (high-school-...
This week, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the recipients of the 2012 National Heritage Fellowship , which "recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations." Now in its 30th year, it...
Here I am at Portland's City Hall with Marty Pottenger and some of the Department of Public Services workers engaged in the Art at Work project. (from l-r) Dwayne Cote, Brian Cogill, Dave Melendez, Gordie Greenlaw, Marty Pottenger. Photo by Tonee Harbert My last trip was fairly alliterative---...
Text by Paulette Beete with all images courtesy of Greg Mort Stewardship III by Greg Mort "I think, ultimately, science and art ask the same question. They both seek a kind of beauty." ---Greg Mort For painter Greg Mort , his art is grounded in the stars. His watercolors and oils reflect...
Michal Shapiro. Photo by Bernard Levy There's a joke about a Jewish rowing team. They practiced obsessively, hoping to compete one day, but they could never break the records of the big colleges. When one of their members got accepted to Harvard, they told him, "Observe how they row,...

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