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.”...

2013 NEA Jazz Master Mose Allison greets 2001 NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston.
New York, NY

January 14, 2013
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Previously-inducted NEA Jazz Masters join the 2013 class of Jazz Masters for a pre-concert photo shoot. FRONT ROW (left to right): George Avakian, Candido Camero, Chico Hamilton, Annie Ross, Joe Wilder, Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Roy Haynes, George Wein
New York, NY

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
January 14, 2013

Guy Sanville, Artistic Director

:: Chelsea, Michigan, is a small town with a thriving arts scene. That's thanks in no small part to the Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC), founded by actor, and Chelsea native, Jeff Daniels. Starting out in a garage with a skeletal staff, PRTC has flourished into a first-rate theater company, developing local talent, nurturing...

A group of canoe families conclude their journey, preparing to land on the shore of North Point in the Port of Olympia, Washington. Photo courtesy of

:: The annual Tribal Canoe Journey has grown to become the largest gathering of Native Americans in the western Washington State region.  This year, the Squaxin Island Tribe hosted the journey, welcoming more than 10,000 people and 98 canoes, with canoes traveling from as far away as northern California, Peru, and Florida. Following the landing on July 29th in Olympia, Washington,...

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman welcomes the audience to the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert.

NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert at the GW Lisner Auditorium on October 4, 2012