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2012 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Kristen Dupard recites during the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on May 15, 2012. Photo by James Kegley Kristen Dupard has had quite a busy May! Not only did she go stanza a stanza---so to speak---with 52 other state champions to win top honors at the Poetry...
Marilyn Chin. Photo by Don Romero "I believe that “innovation” means to be courageous and to get out of your comfort zone and try new approaches." --- Marilyn Chin Marilyn Chin's work unflinchingly explores what it is to be both Asian and American, where those worlds...
Carlton Turner of Alternate ROOTS and I spoke in front of a group of about 450 when we chatted about creative placemaking at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Photo by Jhai James, Georgia Council on the Arts Here’s part two of my southern arts adventures. (You can catch up on what I did in North...
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist for 10,000 Maniacs. Her solo career has been remarkably successful both popularly and critically. She’s known as a wonderful interpreter of song and as a...
Here I am in Greensboro with Linda Carlisle, Jim Gallucci of Jim Gallucci Sculptor Ltd. who designed the gates for the project, Scott Richardson of Light Designs Form who was the lighting designer for the project, and Chuck Cornelio President of Retirement Services for Lincoln Financial Group. You...
"‘Art Works’ and is, in my opinion, the most effective democratic egalitarian system we have in the world." ---Michael Orlove As Michael Orlove celebrates surviving his first week as the NEA's new director of presenting and artist communities, we thought it'd be a good...
Project Bandaloop performs on the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Photo by Atossa Soltani Anyone who lives in or has visited Washington knows the Old Post Office Pavilion . Built in 1899, the building is a major city landmark, renowned for its gorgeous Romanesque revival architecture and 315-...
Maxine Hong Kingston. Photo by Michael Lionstar This week's podcast focuses on author, Maxine Hong Kingston. Kingston is a pioneering author who in many ways cleared the path for both ethnic and women’s literature. In language that is lyrical and poetic, she looks at the complications of...
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered remarks at the first ever-convening between our two agencies in March 2011. Photo by NEA staff Today is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, an annual observance that encourages communities across the country to discuss, celebrate, and raise the...
Mayor Buttigeig (standing) of South Bend, Indiana, presents his case study at the recent MICD conference in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of the Mayors' Institute on City Design At the end of April, I had the opportunity to go to my hometown, St. Louis, for the latest session of the Mayors’...

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