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2015 is the year that the NEA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary, and it has us thinking about where we've been and where we are going with arts-based community development in this country. Today is an especially good day to talk about this topic as it marks the release of an important series...
Jason Schupbach
When directors at the NEA were given the ability to host convenings on topics of our choice, I jumped at the opportunity to work with my performing arts and presenting...
"People don't think about architecture as an export so we wanted to spread awareness about that...." -- Kara Meyer The Venice Biennale , founded in 1895, is a major multi-month, international, contemporary art exhibition that takes place each year in Venice, Italy. The featured...
Woman and man looking at phototherapy machinery.
A motorcycle accident leads to the amputation of a leg. If it happens in, say, Washington, DC, the hospital might offer several choices of prosthetic limbs, most likely covered by...
Coming soon to arts.gov --the new issue of NEA Arts ! Healing Properties looks at arts projects in healthcare settings, from the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Fort Belvoir to a clinic for amputees in India to a children's hospital and much more. Stay tuned for when the issue goes...
As I get to the end of my first quarter as NEA Chair, I’ve been thinking about how the arts foster creativity for the current generation of arts leaders, and also what we need to foster creative leadership for future generations. What defines a creative leader? What skill sets does that person need...
Today is a big day for creative placemaking here at the Arts Endowment, as we are launching some long- anticipated new resources for folks around the country who care about arts-based community development. They include the Exploring Our Town online resource, the pilot of a funding stream to...
“The arts belong to us all, and there is a menu of options of ways to be involved in the arts. That's what's so great about the arts.” – Jane Chu Jane Chu has had a busy August making her first official Art Works visits as NEA Chair. Starting close to home, Jane visited...
Norman Bel Geddes perhaps isn’t the best embodiment of the NEA’s notion of creative placemaking. Rather than communities centered on art, the designer envisioned a world centered on the automobile, filled with expressways, multi-tiered bridges, and parking lots as far as the eye could...
“[W]e all have the power to change our surroundings, we all have the power to tend to something overlooked, unlovely, or in need of repair in our neighborhoods, and we all have the power to make our place better.” – Laura Zabel I’m always interested in reciprocity between...

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