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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...
Dallas, Texas (l-r) Bruce DuBose, Drew Wall, and Ani Celisa Vera take the stage in Zayd Dorn's Long Way Go Down premiering at the 2010 New Works Festival. Photo by Matt Mrozek Rocco?s in Dallas today, so I thought I?d take a look at one of the projects we support there. Kitchen Dog Theatre (KDT)...
Washington, DC With Rocco visiting Dallas, Texas, tomorrow, we thought we would visit the Dallas-based not-for-profit organization Documentary Arts . Founded by Alan Govenar, Documentary Arts has been championing the folk and traditional arts for more than 25 years. Govenar has been involved with...
Washington, DC Onstage at the Museum of Contemporary Arts symposium. Photo by Richard Cahan I just spent a few days in Chicago, one of my favorite cities. One of the great things about this trip is that we were hosted throughout the trip by the MacArthur Foundation. Bob Gallucci, the foundation?s...
Chicago, Illinois Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (popularly known as "The Bean") is one of the public artworks installed at Chicago's Millennium Park. Kapoor has reportedly said, "What I wanted to do in Millennium Park is make something that would engage the Chicago skyline ... so that one will see the...
Chicago, Illinois In this scene from Tracey Scott Wilson's The Good Negro , (l to r) Rutherford (Demetrios Troy), James (Billy Eugene Jones), and Henry (Teagle F. Bougere) rouse congregants to join them for a non-violent march. Photo courtesy Goodman Theatre Before moving to Washington, DC , I...
Washington, DC Chicago native and 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellow Mavis Staples is actually a second-generation honoree---her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples received the award in 1998. Photo by Tom Pich Chicago's no slouch when it comes to nicknames---The Windy City, the City of Big Shoulders, Chi...
Washington, DC JiYoung Lee and other young artists from Washington National Opera's Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist program performed at the Great American Voices launch event, which was held in the Renwick Gallery's Grand Salon. Photo by Keith W. Wood, The Boeing Company From 2005-2007, the NEA's...
San Diego, California Here I am with the Bunnell siblings, who are all string players with the San Diego Youth Symphony, and were "on duty" throughout the launch event. Their late father, a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, was a veteran of Desert Storm, as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom. Standing...

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