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The Curley School in Ajo, Arizona, after being renovated by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance
When the New Cornelia copper mine shut in 1985, the tiny town of Ajo, Arizona, became even tinier. Located 40 miles north of Mexico in the heart of the Sonoran...
Local artist Jim Gier was inspired by Orton's Art and Soul project to lead free outdoor painting sessions in Starksboro
A bucolic town of nearly 2,000 people, Starksboro, Vermont, is home to eight working farms and a cohort of maple sugar producers. It's also home to several mobile home parks,...
ARTery unveiling at Arts Eye View in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, one of the participants of NEA's Your Town initiative.
For rural communities -- rich in culture, heritage, and history -- utilizing the tools of creative placemaking seems only natural. Tapping into the cultural assets of a locale can stimulate...
Washington, DC Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millenium Park. Photo by Santi Diaz via Flickr The University of Chicago is running a series of symposia on the future of the city and all its dimensions. Last week I attended the second one, which was on the arts and the future of the...
Washington, DC Different Strokes / The Chicago Bean by papalars via flickr A growing number of us, by choice or by vocation, are in the habit of discussing the arts in empirical terms. Whether it's a matter of public policy, justifying one's own activity as an artist or arts professional,...
Washington, DC Community by Jacob Lawrence (1989) Joseph P. Addabbo Federal Building in Jamaica, Queens. Photo by Carol Highsmith If you’ve ever served on jury duty, you know it can sometimes be a painful process. It disrupts daily schedules. Selection can be unsettling. You spend a lot of...
Chicago, Illinois Rocco with U.S. Department of Housing and Development Secretary Shaun Donovan at the National Mayors' Summit in Chicago. Photo by David Hathcox The setting said it all. Amidst the old world splendor of the Hilton Chicago Grand Ballroom was a jaw-dropping array of computers,...
Washington, DC Reach by Lorna Jordan was a public project of the Washington State Arts Commission in cooperation with Edmonds Community College. Photo by Lorna Jordan Studio In 1986, the Arts Endowment was celebrating its 20th birthday. The winter edition of Arts Review featured an interview with...
Washington, DC It’s the most imitated logo design in history, and this week's podcast is a conversation with its designer, Milton Glaser. Glaser, who received the National Medal of Arts in 2009, remains immensely influential in education as well as design (he’s been teaching at the School of...
Sculpture with shapes extending from windows up high on the wall to the floor
All photos courtesy of Lead Pencil Studio Things you expect to see at a border crossing: fences, contraband-sniffing dogs, stern warnings. Things you don't expect to see: a 30-foot-tall, 50-foot-wide,...

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