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2013 NEA National Heritage Fellows.

2013 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony & Banquet at the Library of Congress on September 25, 2013. Photos by Tom Pich

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At the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, visitors can expect to meander amongst capsules and satellites that have grazed the constellations, or to crane their necks as they behold flying machines inscribed forever in the books of history.

But recently, numerous paintings and photographs line the walls on which, one would believe, gliders should. Three visual...

Abbas Raza with headphones and speaking into a microphone.

It isn't every website that would receive kudos from the likes of science intellectuals Steven Pinker, Richard Dawkins, and John Allen Paulos and noted artists like Michael Chabon, Robert Pinsky, and David Byrne. But 3 Quarks Daily, or 3QD, is just such a site. These scientists and artists not only peruse the site on a...

Kinetic sculpture

"...adults having fun so that children will desire to grow older.”  (Hobart Brown, founder of kinetic sculpture racing)

If kinetic sculpture is where art and science play, then kinetic sculpture races are art in motion as people complete a racecourse on machines that they design and build. The machines must be people-powered (not even a battery can be used), and they...

The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Dan Meyers

:: Follow downtown Baltimore's Key Highway and it will not be long before you tap your brakes to observe a stunning architectural oddity projecting into the traditional city streetscape. "The idea was to make an urban wonderland and to welcome people in," recalled American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) Founder and Director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger. A large glass mosaic encases...

Futura 2000 in front of Kenny Scharf's <em>Whoa Nelly!</em> at the FUN Gallery in September 1982. Photo by Anita Rosenberg

:: Patti Astor was queen of the downtown scene. She arrived in NYC in 1975 with stardom on her mind. In a short time, she was in demand in underground No Wave films and was one of the creative sparks that put the East Village on the cultural map. But Patti Astor was also sick of the "established" uptown art gallery scene, filled with "white walls, white wine, and white...

The cast of Signs of the Times, a VAP student production, gathers for a group photo during a week of rehearsals at the two-week VAP summer program in Ojai, California. Photo by Leigh Curran

:: More than 20 years ago, Leigh Curran moved from the Big Apple to the West Coast, and brought along a desire to give back to her new community. In 1992, she opened the Virginia Avenue Project (VAP), a free after-school performing arts and arts mentoring program, in Santa Monica, California. 

"I wanted to do something...

A crowd gathers to celebrate the Feast of the Black Christ, or El Cristo Negro, an important religious holiday for many Central Americans. Photo by Eric Pearse Chávez

:: Last January, the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) launched a new initiative called Localore. AIR hired ten producers selected from a competitive pool of applicants interested in taking on AIR’s challenge to drive the continued transformation of public media. AIR matched the producers with public radio and television stations to collaborate on projects bringing a new...

Nam June Paik sitting in TV Chair, 1968/1976 , Photo by Friedrich Rosenstiel.

:: Nam June Paik transformed video into an artist’s medium with his media-based art that challenged and changed our understanding of visual culture. As Paik wrote in 1969, he wanted “to shape the TV screen canvas as precisely as Leonardo, as freely as Picasso, as colorfully as Renoir, as profoundly as Mondrian, as violently as Pollock and as lyrically as Jasper Johns.”...

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