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The Strength of Diversity: The Strength of the Arts

One of our great American leaders, Congressman John Lewis, has been celebrated in the news quite a bit recently. It is the 48th anniversary of the civil rights march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, AL. The march was led by a young John Lewis—his skull was fractured, and for that sacrifice an enormous […]

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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Keeping the Arts in Public Schools

It’s a favorite time of year for students, teachers, and parents as the weather finally cools, leaves begin changing, and pumpkins pop up on every corner. Oh, and students across the country make the daily trek back to school. For 16 lucky schools, those students and arts teachers can add a little more bounce to […]

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Jazz Mix Tape: U.S. Poet Laureate edition

July 17, 2012 by Paulette Beete and Rebecca Gross Philip Levine. Photo by Geoffrey Berliner Thanks to his Detroit upbringing, former U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine has more than a passing connection with some of the country’s jazz legends, such as NEA Jazz Masters Kenny Burrell, Elvin Jones, and Tommy Flanagan. In fact, Levine has […]

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Art Works Podcast: Dean Bakopoulos

June 14, 2012 By Josephine Reed Dean Bakopoulos. Photo by Amanda Okopski This week’s podcast is a conversation with Dean Bakopoulos, who easily navigates the worlds of fiction and journalism. Currently a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University, Bakopoulos has lectured at Michigan, Cornell, and other universities […]

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Art Talk with Leyya Tawil of Dance Elixir

March 7, 2012 by Paulette Beete Leyya Tawil’s Dance Elixir. Photo by Liz Payne “[Artists are] contributing to everyone by trying to push a healthier, more hopeful humanity forward. I feel like that’s our responsibility.” — Leyya Tawil Although Detroit native Leyya Tawil has always danced, she was actually on track to be an engineer […]

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2011 Retreat ~ Friday Booking & Farewells

While state legislative sessions are just getting underway in the new year, perpetual campaigning for the election is no doubt leaving everyone already feeling cranky and cynical (or is that just me?). But take heart, advocates! Despite the cornucopia of GOP candidate positions on public arts funding—ranging anywhere from mild tolerance to total abhorrence—President Obama […]

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Inside the NEA: Getting to Know Aaron Dworkin

October 27, 2011 by Paulette Beete Aaron Dworkin. Photo by Mike Mouradian “Every challenge is an opportunity for artistic creativity….” — Aaron Dworkin This past August, Aaron Dworkin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the newest member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body to the NEA. An accomplished violinist and […]

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Announcing the Winners of the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge

October 10, 2011 Today the NEA and the Knight Foundation announced the five finalist projects for the Knight/NEA Community Arts Journalism Challenge. Watch the video to find out who they are. (You can also read the challenge winner press release in the NEA News Room.) Interested in reading more about new models for arts journalism? […]

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