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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,...
San Francisco, California Giant Ghosts , 2009, recycled paper, by Paul Hayes, part of the San Francisco Arts Commission's Art in Storefronts project. Photo by Eduardo Solér Established in 1932, the San Francisco Arts Commission includes providing equal access to high-quality art experiences for...
Kent, Washington The Herbert Bayer Earthworks is a public park, storm water detention dam and Modernist masterpiece located in Kent, Washington. (c) Herbert Bayer, Mill Creek Canyon Earthworks , 1982. Courtesy of City of Kent Public Art Collection. Photo by John Hoge The City of Kent established an...
Oakland, California Fluid Dynamics by Fernanda D'Agostino and Valerie Otani, Oakport Street at Zhone Way, Oakland. Photo by Fernanda D'Agostino Oakland, California's Cultural Arts and Marketing Division provides services to the arts community and provides strategic marketing support...
Dallas, Texas Re-imagining existing infrastructure is a Dallas CityDesign opportunity. Photo by Arturo del Castillo, Dallas CityDesign Studio In 2009, the CityDesign Studio was created as an office of the City of Dallas, Texas. Developed in partnership with the Trinity Trust Foundation and funded...

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