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Spotlight on Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Time Looking Back at Me, by Jerome Sloan, Snake River Correctional Institution

March 29, 2012 by Paulette Beete Louisa May Alcott’s Bedchamber, where Little Women was written on the small half-moon desk between the two front windows in 1868. Images courtesy/used by permission of Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. To many Americans, Concord, Massachusetts, may be familiar as the site of the earliest battles of the American Revolution. By the […]

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Art Talk with Megumi Sasaki

March 28, 2012 by Don Ball Filmmaker Megumi Sasaki with the Vogels in their New York City apartment. Photo by Katsuyoshi Tanaka Megumi Sasaki doesn’t have the usual biography of a filmmaker. No film school, no hobnobbing with celebrities at Sundance. Instead, in 2002 while working as a field producer for Japanese television on an […]

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Spotlight on the Strong Women of Crystal Bridges Museum

March 12, 2012 Text by Ann Waller Curtis All images courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. Photo by Tim Hursley Nestled in 120 acres of forest and nature trails in northern Arkansas, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art highlights some of the best of this country’s […]

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Spotlight on Plains Art Museum

December 9, 2011 by Paulette Beete. All photos courtesy of Plains Art Museum. Rocco dropped in on the Plains Art Museum during his December visit to Fargo, North Dakota. Here he is with chief curator Megan Johnston (left) and Colleen Sheehy, the museum’s director. Housed in a renovated turn-of-the-century warehouse in Fargo, North Dakota, the […]

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Public Art and Transportation Enhancements: Congressional Action Update (from Arts Watch)

As Americans are well aware, Congress is going through some significant policy discussions regarding the proper role of government and federal funding. One particular program that funds numerous arts projects nationwide is the Transportation Enhancements program (TE) funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, and administered by state transportation agencies often in partnership with local […]

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Chef Richard Hetzler on the Art of Museum Dining

November 21, 2011 By Rebecca Gross Chef Richard Hetzler. Photo by Katherine Fogden (Mohawk). (c) 2008 Smithsonian Institution. When was the last time you visited a museum not for an exhibit, but just for a meal? The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) is helping redefine museum dining with its Mitsitam Café, which […]

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War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele

November 10, 2011 Text by Paulette Beete Paintings and drawing by Ben Steele, courtesy of Montana Museum of Art and Culture War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele is on view at the Montana Museum of Art and Culture through November 19. Photo courtesy of the museum “I kind of felt an obligation to the […]

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Arts and the Quality of Place

September 21, 2011 by Paulette Beete U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan (foreground, center) discussing Visible Weather’s proposal with Michael Bell and Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, at the Foreclosed September 17, 2011 Open Studios at MoMA PS1. Photograph by Brett W. Messenger. © 2011 The […]

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My Cultural Tourism Adventure – Part Two

After our amazing visit to Cooperstown, my family headed farther upstate to Auburn, NY. (We also stopped in Elmira to see where Mark Twain wrote most of his books.) When we arrived in Auburn, we headed for the Seward House. The Seward house was the home of William Seward who was Governor of New York, […]

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My Cultural Tourism Adventure – Part One

Well it’s the end of August and I have just returned from a very American vacation where I traveled throughout upstate New York. The trip was mainly designed around visiting one main attraction — an iconic American museum. None like it anywhere else in the world and attracts thousands of visitors every day! Have you […]

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