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Hartford, Connecticut Two pottery pieces by Kristen Dockendorff were just some of the art work on display in CHANGE , a juried exhibition of local artists sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (CCCT). Photo by CCCT staff. Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the...
Washington, DC John Hickenlooper, mayor of Denver since 2003, has been using the arts to increase the city's livability since he took office (and even before). In 2004, he participated in the NEA's Mayors' Institute on City Design, using the session to discuss the design of Denver's...
Winston-Salem, North Carolina Broad Street Bridge over US 421/Business 40, Downtown Winston-Salem. Photo courtesy Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in North Carolina, incorporated in 1949, was the first locally established arts...
Washington, DC City Arts DC's Duke Ellington Mural was installed at 1200 U Street, NW in 2007. Photo courtesy City Arts DC I founded City Arts DC in 1997 in order to continue the work I had begun under the auspices of DC Artworks, a nonprofit arts organization that supervised the District Mayor...
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks, Lafayette College President Dan Weiss, me, Easton Mayor Sal Panto, Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan, & NEA Design Director Jason Schupbach at the July 15 MICD 25 grants announcement in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Photo by Victoria Hutter I was...
Williamsport, Pennsylvania Brilliant Corners is published twice each year by Lycoming College. Contributors have included NEA Literature Fellows Yusef Komunyakaa and Camille Dungy and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern. The proliferation of poetry on jazz---such as "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes...
Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC Gerald Wilson conducts the world premiere performance of his composition "Detroit," a piece commissioned for the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival. Photo by Jeff Forman. NEA Jazz Master Gerald Wilson doesn't seem to know his age. For a 92-year-old, he still travels across...
Washington, DC By Rocco Landesman Frederic Edwin Church's 1861 painting "The Icebergs" was one of the artworks on view during my tour of the Dallas Museum of Art with Bonnie Pitman and the Fullers. Photo courtesy Dallas Museum of Art I was just in Dallas, Texas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. We started...
Washington, DC The annual Chinese New Year Parade in Chicago's Chinatown is just one of the city's many neighborhood festivals. Photo by multisanti via Flickr One of the stops that we made in Chicago on the Art Works Tour (where we were hosted by the MacArthur Foundation) was to the Field Museum?s...

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