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Coming to (Arts + Cultural) America

August 21, 2012 By Robert L. Lynch, President & CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch. Photo courtesy of Americans for the Arts It’s August in America: vacation time for many. Visitors from every part of the world are here, and once they get through customs, check into a hotel, and find something […]

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Lessons from the Old Post Office

August 14, 2012 by Abigail Roberts Abigail Roberts. Photo by NEA staff No matter how old you are, when you return to your childhood home you feel like a child. Assuming this feeling never changes, I expect that when I am forty years old and make my way to Kensington, Maryland, from wherever I will […]

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Art Works!

July 16, 2012 If you’re a regular reader of the blog, or you’ve heard NEA Chair Rocco Landesman speak, or you’ve just caught a glimpse of our logo, you know that to us “Art works” is more than just a phrase. Instead it’s how we think about everything we support here—from the artworks themselves, to […]

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Did You Know…? (Red, White & Blue Edition)

July 3, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Contemplating Jasper Johns by flickr user a tea but no e Did you know that the idea to start painting flags apparently came to Jasper Johns in a dream? Did you know that history has a soft spot for jazz hands? When Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards turned the […]

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Summer Fun—National Council on the Arts Edition

June 29, 2012 Waterlilies by Barbara Ernst Prey. Watercolor, 28″ x 40″. Getty Museum. Photo courtesy of the artist. It’s summertime, which means more sunshine, more beach time, and more time to enjoy the arts. In anticipation of today’s convening of the National Council on the Arts (which we hope you’ll join us for via […]

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America’s All-Stars: A Salute to the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts

June 22, 2012 by Paul T. Lehr, Executive Director, YoungArts U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts medallion. Photo by Robert Leslie I confess that I have a job that I love. Each and every day my colleagues at YoungArts and I have the privilege of working to identify, recognize, and support America’s most talented young […]

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Father’s Day

June 15, 2012 by Rocco Landesman Goodbye Lola, Goodbye by Alfred Landesman. Photo courtesy of Rocco Landesman My father, Fred Landesman, was the most original and affecting painter who ever lived. I know that’s a sweeping statement and there are probably some who would disagree. What about—you can add your own candidate here—Rembrandt, Van Gogh, […]

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Happy Birthday to the Bard

April 23, 2012 By Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross For a guy who likely never advanced beyond grammar school, who made up words, and was once called an “upstart crow” by a critical peer, Shakespeare’s done pretty well for himself. Almost certainly the most produced playwright of all time, and likely the most quoted as […]

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Did You Know…? (Presidents’ Day Edition)

February 17, 2012 By Rebecca Gross Vintage Postcard Washington’s Birthday, H.B. Griggs. Image courtesy of flickr user riptheskull Did you know that the White House is considered a living museum? Roughly 50,000 objects are part of the permanent collection, which includes everything from paintings and sculpture to silverware and furnishings. Did you know that the […]

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Finding Beauty in the Archives

February 8, 2012 By Rebecca Gross When you work at the NEA, rummaging through old photo files feels like leafing through a scrapbook of the country’s artistic history. In honor of Black History Month, we’ve pulled together a few stunning examples of work done by African-American artists whom we’ve funded through the years. The photos […]

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