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Washington, DC Last week I was very glad to get to be part of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD) in New York City. It was my first time, and I want to be a regular attendee. Ron Bogle at the American Architectural Foundation and all the MICD staff do a really terrific job with this event...
Washington, DC Rocco?s been in New York City this week listening in on a session of the Mayors? Institute on City Design (MICD). He spoke briefly at Wednesday?s opening reception before introducing Deputy Mayor Patti Harris, who?s been a driving force?as Rocco put it---in putting ?the arts and...
April 16, 2010 Washington, DC Adele Chatfield-Taylor (left) talking to NEA?s Josephine Reed at the New York office of the American Academy in Rome. Photo by Kate Attardo What's one art form you can't avoid no matter how hard you try? Adele Chatfield-Taylor, a former NEA Director of Design (hint,...
Several students working in a costume shop
In what looked like a scene from Project Runway , high school students in a fashion design class were constructing handbags from beaded, painted canvas. But this wasn’t just an...
March 1, 2010 Washington, DC One of the key components of an Art Works visit is the public roundtable discussion with community leaders. These sessions explore cross-sector issues central to that locale's arts and cultural development. Back on February 1st, as part of his Art Works trip to Miami,...
February 5, 2010 Washington, DC The NEA is interested in seeing how the phrase "Art Works" resonates with the American public, and so we announced that we are seeking an image that captures all three of its meanings. Since we believe that art works for everyone, this is meant as an opportunity to...
February 2, 2010 Miami, Florida Rocco received a warm welcome (pun intended) yesterday as he and NEA Senior Deputy Chair Joan Shigekawa toured Miami, the fifth stop on the national Art Works tour. Focusing on Miami's thriving design culture, stops included the city's renowned Design and...
January 27, 2010 Washington, DC Enlarge image This coming Monday, February 1, Rocco will leave behind the monumental architecture of the nation's capital to immerse himself in the pioneering design world of Miami. Over the course of his day-long visit the NEA Chairman will visit some of the...
At the request of Congress, the NEA has partnered with the Architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library for a competition to design a sculpture of...
A man in shorts stands barefoot within the perimeter of a water fountain. He holds a child in his arms. In the background a green area with trees is visible and the water line beyond.
In January 1985, Mayor Joseph Riley of Charleston, South Carolina wrote a letter to Jaquelin Robertson, the University of Virginia's Chair of Architecture, suggesting that an Institute be created, in...

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