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NEA National Heritage Fellow Wayne Henderson (right) at the 2012 Richmond Folk Festival with piano player Jeff Little. Although I have lived in Virginia for 14 years, I had never visited the state’s capital before this past Saturday. This weekend, however, offered something special: the...
Hubbard Street Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo with Marc Chagall’s America Windows at the Art Institute of Chicago. Photo by Todd Rosenberg. Marc Chagall © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris In 1977, the city of Chicago received two new cultural treasures...
Here I am warming up the crowd to hear from (l-r) Bob Morrison, Ayanna Hudson, Clement Price, and the other panelists for our great arts education conversation in Newark. Photo by Daniel Hedden, courtesy of NJPAC Last week I made an official visit to New Jersey. I took the train from Penn Station...
Sophie (left) and Joanna at the 2012 A Better World by Design Conference. Photo courtesy of conference staff Introduced via song by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) student Andreas Nicholas---a prelude fit for a former Broadway producer---NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman took the stage last weekend...
In this week's podcast, Clive Gillinson talks about the changes he helped bring to Carnegie Hall. In 2005, Gillinson came to Carnegie Hall from the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), where he had first been a cellist before moving to the position of managing director. Under his leadership, the...
Culture is one of those words whose meaning can expand in many different directions, to a degree of inclusiveness that can induce vertigo. Still, for those of us in cultural policy, it can be refreshing if not downright inspirational to see the concept used in a way which, while recognizing the...
Visitors attend the opening reception of COMMUNITY: Members, Faculty & Student Show at Arts Guild New Jersey, June 2012. Photo by Angelito David Rahway, New Jersey, is only a half-hour from the world-famous arts institutions of New York City. But it's a smaller organization even closer to...
A new and accurat map of the world via flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL When a young Graham Greene trekked across Liberia in 1935, he chose to title the resulting book Journey without Maps . The work became a pivotal entry in Greene's career as a writer, presenting a tonal...
In this week's podcast , we visit with two members of the Paschall Brothers , who are 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellows. For 31 years, the Paschall Brothers have been singing the a cappella gospel music of Tidewater Virginia. The group's four-part harmony owes much to its founder,...
Here I am with Mark Smith, executive director of Blue Star Families, at the press conference for Blue Star Theatres. Photo credit: Michael Guy, Trinity Rep We arrived in Providence last Friday morning, and were immediately met by Randy Rosenbaum, executive director of the Rhode Island State Council...

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