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Who Gets Your Vote This Election Season? The Arts!

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 07.18.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

I am often asked for my opinion of the best arts president in recent history. I can't name one person, because there were in fact several presidents--...

For the Love of It: Lifelong Joy Through the Arts

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Summer is a time when many Americans make an effort to ease into a slower pace and reset their focus on personal passions that make them feel most ali...

Dana Gioia's 99 Poems: New Collection with More Than 99 Meanings

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 06.12.2016 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia has a long history with Northern California readers. In addition to his poems and other work, for seven years he w...

Arts Global Footprint

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.27.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In our own ways, we both have a global footprint. Hers perhaps hands on and mine in a more subtle way.

The Passion of Arts Advocates Driving Change: Kennedy, U.S. Lawmakers, and You

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 03.30.2016 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

Earlier this month I was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, giving a lecture on arts and public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Policy. ...

Congressman Declares War On Revolutionary Mimes... That Talk!

Michael Gene Sullivan | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gene Sullivan

On March 4, 2016 CNN did a report on U.S. Congressman Steve Russell, of Oklahoma, who had just produced his second annual "Waste Watch," a list of all the things he believes Americans would or should, be shocked to find their tax dollars go to.

A Walk Through the Art Show and the Armory Show

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 03.07.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I have curated and hung many exhibits I am always interested to see how the artwork is presented.

Applying for Grants vs. Earning Money

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts
Daniel Grant

The first and last thing artists need to keep in mind about applying for a grant is that they may not get it. Rejection leads some artists to bitterness and dejection, an I-won't-get-burned-twice attitude that cuts off future options and attempts.

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscape are currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I've been spending summers painting in Maine for close to forty years and exhibiting there for over thirty.

After 17 Years of Devotion, Ella Baff Exits Jacob's Pillow

Alexandra Villarreal | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Alexandra Villarreal

But while Baff's physical imprint on the property has been huge, it's her realized vision of Jacob's Pillow as a breeding ground for art that has made the largest impact on dance.

My Year in the Islamic Republic of Iran

F. Scott Hess | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts
F. Scott Hess

In 1992 I flew into the Islamic Republic of Iran with my wife and two year old daughter on a trip funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and a Getty Museum Fellowship.

Landscape Architecture Market Valued at $2.3 Billion

Jared Green | Posted 05.11.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Landscape architecture services in the U.S. are currently valued at around $2.3 billion per year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

A Salute to the African American Playwright August Wilson

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 04.21.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

This film is a beautiful legacy. It sheds light on a very gifted man who, like many creative people, was raised under difficult circumstances in an underserved area of Pittsburgh. All of his plays were "doors" into the black experience, and from many eras of the American story.

The Art of Giving

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Over the years during the holiday season I've donated a portion of the proceeds from my print sales to support organizations that give back to the community. This year the proceeds will go to support Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the fight against Ebola.

In New York, Yun-Chin Zhou Seduces Zankel Hall Audience

Jim Luce | Posted 01.25.2015 | Arts
Jim Luce

His hypnotic energy never flagged through the varied passages and moods, until he brought the work to its wild and feverish climax, sweeping the audience to its feet.

A Unique Way to Celebrate the Arts and Support a Good Cause

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The magazine has a history of supporting the arts, and for many years it featured artwork of respected American Artists as their covers.

Youth Designs: Designed With the Future in Mind

Zoey Gulmi | Posted 01.21.2015 | Arts
Zoey Gulmi

A recent National Endowment for the Arts study has found that lower-income students have higher academic results, college aspirations, and civic participation when they are engaged in the arts for long periods of time.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

Arts + Prison: Transforming Lives Behind Bars Through The Arts

National Endowment for the Arts | Craig Watson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts

This post by Craig Watson, Director, California Arts Council, first appeared on the Art Works Blog of the National Endowment for the Arts. See the ori...

Our First Year: Opening a Gallery

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

This month marks the first anniversary of the Barbara Prey Gallery on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Opening a gallery was not something I had honestly planned.

Acts of Art: An Antidote for What Ails Us

Dawn Morais | Posted 06.11.2014 | Hawaii
Dawn Morais

Sometimes timing drives home a message better than words possibly can. The tragic shooting yet again at Fort Hood and news of more random violence at schools, underline the very real urgency of the message Lulani Arquette had for the young audience she addressed in Honolulu recently.

Five Suggestions to Improve Arts Policy in DC's FY15

Robert Bettmann | Posted 06.08.2014 | DC
Robert Bettmann

With the democratic primary completed, it's time to assess mayor Gray on the arts.

Dance And Capitalism: A Love-Hate Relationship

Nora Younkin | Posted 01.16.2014 | Arts
Nora Younkin

What is the biggest crisis facing contemporary concert dance? If you ask almost anyone in the field, they won't say talent is sparse. They won't say there is a creativity deficit. They won't say there aren't enough innovative collaborators.

Farewell, Kate Levin

Michael Kaiser | Posted 03.08.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Anyone who cares about the health of the arts sector in New York City must be grateful to Mayor Bloomberg for selecting such a grand champion and empowering her for all of these years.