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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...
An album cover from my collection. (Unfortunately, it had the wrong record in it, but the cover's still pretty great!) My love for country music started---as most lifelong loves start, I suppose---with a boy. A soccer-playing, Massachusetts via Belgium boy who was my college crush. As one does...
Magic Tate Ball in action. Want to know what London's Tate Modern thinks you're in the mood to see based on where you are? There's an app for that. Or maybe you like your morning cup of joe with a side of poetry. There's an app for that too. Whether you're looking to make art or...
Here's my photo of Tom Rand's photo of the interior of Chicago's Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. It's one of the pieces of art that's always part of my "art wall." --- PB Everyone remembers their first. First crush, first kiss, first heartbreak. But what about firsts of a...
Stacey Lee Webber, The Craftsman Series: Shovels , 2011, pennies, Courtesy of the artist What is craft and what role does it play in the American experience? What does the future hold for America’s craft movement? Nicholas R. Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft...
Harold Burnham's schooner, Ardelle. Photo by Tom Pich In this week's podcast , we meet 2012 National Heritage Fellow, master shipwright Harold Burnham ! Burnham is deeply committed to the tradition of shipbuilding that began and was refined in his hometown of Essex, Massachusetts. He has...

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