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Preservation by flickr user Gruenemann If you were to criss-cross the country visiting the nation's legendary jazz clubs, one of your first stops would be the Village Vanguard, owned by NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon . Founded by Gordon's husband Max, the Vanguard first opened its doors in...
Bob Koester with the late, great bluesman Big Joe Williams's famous nine-string guitar. Photo by Frank Corpus For most of us, our childhood hobbies---rock collecting, baseball cards---end their lives in dusty boxes in the attic. For select others, they grow into passions that eventually turn...
Video of LgF-mK5wCRo "[T]hat ever-present element of surprise is a celestial synchronicity that not only energizes the film you're making but also hopefully resonates with your audience." --- Kelly Sheehan At the turn of the last century, Kelly Sheehan found herself working with...
Last week, we heard from folk legend Pete Seeger as he shared his memories of fellow musician and good friend Woody Guthrie. In this week's podcast , we continue the conversation with Seeger. Born into a family of classical musicians, Seeger was encouraged to play music from the very start. By...
"Unlike most poets, I do not teach at a university, possess an MFA, or even spend very much of my time talking about poetry." --- Ken Chen Author, attorney, translator, executive director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW), and a 2013 NEA Creative Writing Fellow, Ken...
Text and photo by Jamie McCrary I wasn't sure what to use as a picture, but I figured a notebook and some coffee are a pretty accurate portrayal of my work here. When I moved to Washington, DC in August, I hit the ground running. There were so many things I wanted to do, and I didn’t want...
The Hybrid Movement Company performs Spirito dell’aquila (Eagle spirit) at the 2012 gala for Career Transition for Dancers. Photo by Richard Termine. "[Dance] itself develops, through the years of training, the skills and qualities in dancers that make them exceptional in any post-...
Art Room by flickr user cayoup As we wind down another year of NEA research blog posts, I thought it fitting to end on a mildly aspirational note. For a topic, I need look no further than arts education, itself redolent with the themes of hope, striving, and self-discovery. It also helps that I...
As noted in this week's podcast, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of singer, songwriter, activist, and folk legend Woody Guthrie. Guthrie traveled throughout the country learning and singing traditional folk music while writing and performing his own songs, which numbered more...
Spectators enjoy The Circus , a Charlie Chaplin silent film, projected onto the facade of the Queen Theater in Downtown Bryan during October's First Friday. Photo by Stuart Villanueva, courtesy of The Eagle . "I think for a community to grow, as opposed to stagnating, art is an important...

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