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April 1, 2010 Washington, DC Rocco with (l-r): Judy Nemzoff, Community Arts and Education Director, San Francisco Arts Commission; Frances Phillips, Program Director, Arts, The Walter and Elise Haas Fund; James E. Canales, President and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation The San Francisco Community...
April 1, 2010 Washington, DC Playwright David MacGregor on the set for his play Gravity at the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan. Photo courtesy of the playwright When Rocco visited the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea, Michigan, the theater was presenting the final week of its world premiere...
March 30, 2010 Washington, DC The Jews on Vinyl exhibit at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum features a soundtrack of Jewish-American pop music from the 1940s through the 1980s. Photo by Drew Altizer, Contemporary Jewish Museum On his recent multi-city Art Works visit to California, Rocco...
March 25, 2010 Washington, DC It was great to hear from Jeff Daniels about the Purple Rose Theatre and also to get to see first-hand the transformative effect it's had on Chelsea. (Photo by Elayne Gross) I?ve just returned from a trip to Michigan, which started in Chelsea. Chelsea is a small...
March 19, 2010 San Diego & Los Angeles, CA According to Rocco, his nearly week-long visit to California has been ?educational, informational, and incredibly informative.? We caught up with the Chairman yesterday for a few moments as he was leaving a panel on San Francisco?s urban revitalization...
March 18, 2010 Washington, DC And he?s off . . . to Michigan, that is. Rocco?s heading to the Midwest next week touching down in Chelsea on Monday, March 22 and heading on to Detroit on Tuesday, March 23. In Chelsea (population 5,005), the day kicks off with a tour of the Purple Rose Theatre hosted...
March 12, 2010 Washington, DC Zydeco musician "Queen" Ida Guillory, a 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellow, has called San Francisco home since 1947 when she relocated with her parents from Louisiana. She spoke with the NEA about California's culturally vibrant Cajun population and how she went from...
A man and a woman in costume
Not surprisingly, the nation's highest concentration of arts organizations is in metropolitan areas, which means that many Americans, particularly those in rural areas, have limited access to high-quality arts experiences...
Samuel Green and BreAnna Jones
In December 2007, Washington native Samuel Green became the state's first poet laureate. The author of 10 poetry collections, he is also the longtime editor of Brooding Heron Press, which...
African-American woman at a microphone
In just its first year of participation, the U.S. Virgin Islands saw its Poetry Out Loud champion, Charlotte Amalie High School sophomore Shawntay A. Henry, crowned the program's third national...

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