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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,...
Text by Paulette Beete Images by Tom Pich Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take...
Goodbye Lola, Goodbye by Alfred Landesman. Photo courtesy of Rocco Landesman My father, Fred Landesman, was the most original and affecting painter who ever lived. I know that's a sweeping statement and there are probably some who would disagree. What about---you can add your own candidate here...
This week's podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities...
Felicia K. Knight. Photo by Towle Tompkins This is my first NEA blog in at least four years. When I was NEA Director of Communications (my tenure ended four years ago), I usually chipped in a Big Read blog because someone else missed a deadline. Since returning to my home state of Maine, I’ve...
June 12, 2012 
by Christian Johansson, Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development The Arts & Entertainment District Program of the Maryland State Arts Council utilizes the arts to spur revitalization in communities across the state. Twenty specially designated districts that are...
Crow Indian poet and former Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird, a frequent participant in activities presented by the YMCA Writer's Voice in Billings, Montana. Photo by Corby Skinner "I’ve always believed culture is the way to have people communicate better, whether it’s art...
Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, photo by Scott Suchma "[Y]ou have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in bad times and good times." --- Michael Kahn Having established himself as a premier artistic...
How much of a culture vulture are you? Take this quiz on arts participation and see how you stack up against the average American. 1 1. In the last year, did you visit a museum or go to a live arts performance? Yes Congratulations, you are among 35 percent of American adults (78 million) who visit...

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