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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...
H.M. (2009) by Kerry Tribe. Double projection of a single 16mm film, 18:30 minutes loop Installation view, 1301PE, Los Angeles. Photo: Fredrik Nilson, courtesy of Kerry Tribe This year, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Kerry Tribe was one of twenty-three artists to receive a visual arts grant from...
In this week's podcast, we meet country singer/songwriter and 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient Mel Tillis. A natural-born storyteller, Tillis also incorporated humor into his act, and was named Comedian of the Year six times during the 1970s. This is particularly noteworthy considering...
Helen Beverley and David Opatoshu as the star-crossed lovers in the Edgar G. Ulmer directed 1939 American Yiddish film classic The Light Ahead . Restored and with new English subtitles by The National Center for Jewish Film "[Yiddish films] preserve an invaluable “family album”...

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