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This month on Art Works we're catching up with some artists and arts organizations that we've previously been featured on the blog and in other NEA publications to ask, "What are you up to now?" Brooklyn-based visual artist---and Brooklyn Soda Works co-founder---Caroline Mak...
1989 NEA National Heritage Fellow (and National Medal of Arts honoree) Earl Scruggs, whose three-finger style of banjo picking helped elevate the popularity of bluegrass music, passed away last week. To celebrate his art, the Country Music Hall of Fame shared with us a clip of Scruggs with Lester...
Pencils by Jacson Querubin thanks to a Creative Commons license Little over a year ago, the National Endowment for the Arts published a research report titled Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation [PDF]. As the title suggests, authors Nick Rabkin and Eric Hedberg...
This week's podcast is the perfect bridge between Women’s History Month and Jazz Appreciation Month: it’s a conversation with legendary singer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan. Jordan grew up with her grandparents in Pennsylvania’s coal-mining country. In high school,...
Louisa May Alcott’s Bedchamber, where Little Women was written on the small half-moon desk between the two front windows in 1868. Images courtesy/used by permission of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. To many Americans, Concord, Massachusetts, may be familiar as the site of the...
Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki with the Vogels in their New York City apartment. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka Megumi Sasaki doesn’t have the usual biography of a filmmaker. No film school, no hobnobbing with celebrities at Sundance. Instead, in 2002 while working as a field producer for Japanese...
Here I am with Saralyn Reece Hardy, who directed the NEA's museums and visual arts programs from 1999-2002. Saralyn's now the director of the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Photo courtesy of the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas As I wrote...
Here I am with my fellow panelists from the creative placemaking discussion at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. From l-r: Joy Pennington, Arkansas Arts Council; Beth Weidower, Arkansas Delta Rural Heritage Development Initiative; Bob Hupp, Arkansas Repertory Theatre; Warwick Sabin,...
In this week's podcast, we learn the story behind the massive correspondence between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe. “You are a very, very great Woman.---You have given me---I can’t tell you what it is---but it is something tremendous---something so overpowering that I...
Marc Smirnoff. Photo by Carol Ann Fitzgerald Marc Smirnoff wasn't looking to start a literary magazine when he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, in 1987. In fact, the native Californian wasn't even looking to move to Mississippi. But thanks to mix of car trouble and serendipity, Smirnoff found...

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