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This week, as we prepare for the upcoming special issue of NEA Arts which looks at the arts and the military, the podcast features a conversation with Operation Homecoming instructor, Ron Capps. Capps served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 25 years. Since leaving the military, he has worked...
Here I am, speaking in Chicago. Photo by Patrick L. Pyszka After our stay in Indiana, it was off to Chicago. The day started bright and early at the Chicago Cultural Center, and it was a great morning for us. Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and...
Here I am during our hard hat tour of the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with (l-r) renowned master printer Joe Segura, Gil Cardenas, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. (And that's Angela Butiste from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and my wife Debby just behind us.)...
Dakshina founder Daniel Phoenix Singh with Melissa Greco Liu in "Sonnet." Photo by Stephen Barnovics, courtesy of Dakshina "[A]rt is the nexus where all the different aspects of my life---as a gay man, a South Asian, a first-generation immigrant, a person of color, a little bit of a...
by Whitney Dail Michael Hearst. Photo by Chris Smith/Photography, courtesy of Michael Hearst/One Ring Zero (Michael Hearst & Joshua Camp). “On a fundamental level, music is science… But for me, they really just happen to be two big interests of mine.” --- Michael Hearst...
Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947 by William P. Gottlieb, courtesy of Library of Congress So what makes a good jazz film? Depends on what you mean by a “jazz film.” Jazz seemed to have a great influence on the American filmmaker John Cassavetes’ work, which...
In this week's podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC's many jazz clubs. The problem was, despite the excellent and varied music performed throughout the city,...
Vijay Iyer. Photo by Hans Speekenbrink "[Art] has to do those things that nothing else can do. It has to take us to places where nothing else can take us. It has to connect us in ways that nothing else can." -- Vijay Iyer Grammy-nominated musician Vijay Iyer didn't plan to grow up to...
Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country's jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has credited...
If you're a regular reader of the blog, or you've heard NEA Chair Rocco Landesman speak, or you've just caught a glimpse of our logo, you know that to us "Art works" is more than just a phrase. Instead it's how we think about everything we support here---from the artworks...

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