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From the first hospital established in 1732 to the first meeting of the U.S. Congress in 1789 to the first zoo opened in 1847, Philadelphia has long been a city of national firsts. According to a 2007 New York Magazine article, the City of Brotherly Love was also the birthplace of modern graffiti,...
When most people think about public art, they think of a mural on a wall or a building, or perhaps a large sculpture in a park. While murals and sculptures are certainly public art, they are far from the only ways that public art can be expressed. Perhaps a better term for public art would be...
A fountain made of a cut stormwater pipe
When a decision is made to create new public art in a community, it doesn’t happen overnight. The process from the beginning of the idea to the final mounting of...
A brightly colored mural on a Philadelphia city wall
From the first hospital established in 1732 to the first meeting of the U.S. Congress in 1789 to the first zoo opened in 1847, Philadelphia has long been a city...
Teens at table next to school bus with posters on it.
I grew up in the city of Philadelphia, and yet I find myself at the NEA managing a rural program—the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD). CIRD, a little-known National...
Click the link to take a look at the 2018 NEA Guide for details on the programs and activities of the NEA, as well as funding deadlines and information on Grants for Organizations, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships.
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with only 16 percent of the population of that state’s capital, Providence, spread across the reservation’s expanse. Eighty...
A man in bandana does a watercolor painting in front of a colorful bus
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwest South Dakota is big. At 3,469 square miles, the reservation is more than three times the size of Rhode Island’s land mass with...
The places we know have stories to tell. Those stories can be powerful assets in rebuilding a place after its economic base disappears. Among such places is Pittsfield, a town of almost 45,000 in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts that for decades was home to General Electric. Today...
Deep in the Flint Hills of Kansas, the vast tallgrass prairie looks much like it did thousands of years ago. The rolling hills still stretch uninterrupted, their slender grasses rippling in the breeze. The night sky still burns bright with stars, untouched by light pollution. And every spring, the...

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