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Postcard from Indiana and Illinois, Part Two

July 26, 2012 By Rocco Landesman Here I am, speaking in Chicago. Photo by Patrick L. Pyszka After our stay in Indiana, it was off to Chicago. The day started bright and early at the Chicago Cultural Center, and it was a great morning for us. Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural […]

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Postcard from Indiana and Illinois, Part One

July 25, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am during our hard hat tour of the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture with (l-r) renowned master printer Joe Segura, Gil Cardenas, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. (And that’s Angela Butiste from the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and my wife Debby just […]

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Welcome to Our Town 2012

July 12, 2012 by Jason Schupbach, NEA Director of Design Alaska Arts Southeast, which runs the acclaimed Sitka Fine Arts Camp each summer, received a 2011 Our Town grant to support the Sitka Festival of the Arts, Humanities, and Natural Sciences. Photo by Jayleen Beedle Today we announced the second round of Our Town grantees! I’m […]

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Postcard from the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival

July 11, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Here I am during the Theater That Matters session at this year’s Aspen Ideas Fest. Photo by Dan Bayer I closed out June and kicked off July at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is just what it sounds like: a convening of leading thinkers in particular subjects. It’s an […]

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Deconstructing Demand for Cultural Facilities

June 28, 2012 By Sunil Iyengar, Director, NEA Office of Research and Analysis Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide […]

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Welcome to Maine, Chairman Landesman. Have a lobster with a side of art!

June 13, 2012 by Felicia K. Knight Felicia K. Knight. Photo by Towle Tompkins This is my first NEA blog in at least four years. When I was NEA Director of Communications (my tenure ended four years ago), I usually chipped in a Big Read blog because someone else missed a deadline. Since returning to […]

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Culture and the Arts: Natural Partners in Maryland’s Prosperity

June 12, 2012 by Christian Johansson, Maryland Secretary of Business and Economic Development   The Arts & Entertainment District Program of the Maryland State Arts Council utilizes the arts to spur revitalization in communities across the state. Twenty specially designated districts that are home to a concentration of arts businesses and events help strengthen communities […]

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Creative Placemaking—two years and counting!

May 31, 2012 by Jason Schupbach, NEA Director of Design The Pollinators in Lawrence, Kansas. The mural was commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art as part of a retrospective of the work of muralist and Kansas native Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). Photo by Dave Loewenstein At the NEA, we have just completed the panels that […]

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Postcard from North Carolina, Mississippi, and Georgia (Part Two)

May 18, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Carlton Turner of Alternate ROOTS and I spoke in front of a group of about 450 when we chatted about creative placemaking at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. Photo by Jhai James, Georgia Council on the Arts Here’s part two of my southern arts adventures. (You can catch up […]

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