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Madison, Wisconsin Robert Gard (front left) with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson when she visited Spring Green, Wisconsin, one of the rural towns that participated in the Arts in the Small Community project in 1966-1969. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin-Madison archives As a high school student...
Washington, DC Tim O'Brien. Photo by Tom Roster When we caught up with Tim O'Brien at the 2009 National Book Festival, we had just one question for him: Why read? Here's what he had to say.... [audio: http://artworks.arts.gov/wp-content/uploads/TimObrienWhyRead.mp3] [ transcript ] Did...
Washington, DC Mark Olinger--the director of planning and economic development for the City of Madison--was our tour guide at the site of Madison's new Central Park. Photo by NEA staff I was just in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in a way it was going home for me---I graduated from the...
Washington, DC 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mary Jackson. Photo courtesy of the artist Having recently visited the Grass Roots exhibition at the National Museum of African Art , I learned my first very important lesson about Google: never search for an image of something that you can see in...
Washington, DC Like many an immigrant, 2010 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mike Rafferty came to the United States for a better life. But when he came from East Galway, Ireland, he brought something important with him: his flute. Although he didn't play for many years after arriving in this...
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania A model of The Bridge by Elena Colombo. Image courtesy of Colombo Construction Corporation. ArtsQuest's SteelStacks cultural campus in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is pretty spectacular thanks to the massive blast furnaces of the former Bethlehem Steel plant towering on one...
Washington, DC Here I am with Linda Carlisle, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Photo courtesy Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts I just returned from an Art Works trip to Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, and it was a very busy couple of days. We started...
Washington, DC Rocco will return to his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to kick off Illuminate: Year of the Arts, a year-long celebration of the power and purpose of the arts. From September 2010 to August 2011, the university has planned more than 300 performances, exhibitions,...
Minneapolis, Minnesota David Fraher at last year's Midwest Arts Conference with Megan Vetsch, the first David J. Fraher Future Leader. Then a marketing assistant at the Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Vetsch is now the Operations and Marketing Manager in the...
Greensboro, North Carolina Overture Gate , commissioned for Regency Park (concert park entrance) by the Town of Cary. Material is stainless steel and brass. Photo by Jim Gallucci Action Greensboro is a not-for-profit organization in the Piedmont region of North Carolina that coordinates citizen...

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