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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...
In this week's podcast, we talk with artist William Wegman. Although he is perhaps most famous for photographing his beloved Weimaraners, Wegman is by no means limited to photography---or to dogs for that matter. A two-time NEA Fellow, Wegman has moved fluidly between drawing, painting, and...
President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Toni Morrison during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, May 29, 2012. Of Morrison's work, the president said, "I remember reading Song of Solomon when I was a kid and not just trying to figure out how to...
Amanda McDonald Crowley (far left) moderates the panel discussion Transcending Origins: An Artist/Scientist Cross-Discplinary Case Study with Dr. Andrew Baden and Liz Lerman as they share the experience of collaborating on The Matter of Origins , a multimedia performance exploring the beginnings of...
Patricia Loiko. Photo by Darrell Green A veteran of the equally venerable Art Institute of Chicago and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Patricia Loiko joined the NEA last week as our new Indemnity Administrator . In her new position, the New England native takes responsibility for overseeing the...
Students creating art at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Savoy Elementary School Throughout the years, there has been no shortage of proposals designed to improve troubled schools. Longer school days. Block scheduling. Charter schools. Standardized tests. Increased...

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