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ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia Space, Ushers in a New Conception of the Museum for Teens

July 31, 2012 by Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, ARTLAB+, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Local teens experiment with music software in the Hirshhorn’s YOUmedia center. Photo by Maya Munoz The Hirshhorn is known as the Smithsonian’s contemporary and modern art museum, but in October 2011, when it opened its YOUmedia space, ARTLAB+, […]

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Re-envisioning the AIDS Memorial Quilt

July 27, 2012 By Rebecca Gross The first time I saw the AIDS Memorial Quilt was in 1996, the last time it was displayed in full in Washington, DC. I was 13 years old, and my father had taken my younger sister and I to the National Mall to see what had by then become […]

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Art Works Podcast: Capital Bop

July 19, 2012 By Josephine Reed A DC Jazz Loft performance. Photo by Kyoko Takenaka, used courtesy of Capital Bop In this week’s podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC’s many jazz clubs. The problem […]

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Inside the NEA: Getting to Know Ayanna Hudson

July 9, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA’s new director of arts education, bringing with her a successful track record of integrating the arts […]

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Art Works Podcast: Curator Sarah Cash

July 5, 2012 By Josephine Reed Mount Corcoran by Albert Bierstadt, used courtesy of the Corcoran Gallery of Art In this week’s podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American […]

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Art Talk with Michael Kahn, Artistic Director, Shakespeare Theatre Company

June 8, 2012 by Don Ball Shakespeare Theatre Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn, photo by Scott Suchma “[Y]ou have to be as uncompromising as you possibly can about who you think you are, and to fight for that, in bad times and good times.” — Michael Kahn Having established himself as a premier artistic director […]

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Turning Schools Around Through Art

June 5, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Students creating art at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, DC. Photo courtesy of Savoy Elementary School Throughout the years, there has been no shortage of proposals designed to improve troubled schools. Longer school days. Block scheduling. Charter schools. Standardized tests. Increased teacher accountability. But one new program is using […]

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Art Talk with Kim Roberts

January 31, 2012 by Paulette Beete Kim Roberts. Photo by Dan Vera. “I think place exerts a powerful influence over what we write, how we write it, and how we see ourselves.” — Kim Roberts Poet, editor, historian—Washington, DC writer Kim Roberts wears many hats with aplomb. Roberts’ reputation is international: her work has appeared […]

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The Write Stuff for 2012!

Photo by Sivi Steys via Flickr Anais Nin famously declared, “I made no resolutions for the New Year. The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning, and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.” Lucky for us, the Washington, DC-area writers we asked to share their New Years resolutions with […]

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A Conversation with the Women of WJFF

December 20, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Hank Greenberg, the subject of Aviva Kempner’s documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Photo cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC. Image used courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Every year, the Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) exposes the nation’s capital to […]

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