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National Endowment for the Arts

Big Bird in Romney's Sights and the National Endowment for the Arts Is Next

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.07.2012 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

Governor Romney may call himself a Republican, but he is not a Republican of the iconic stature of President Reagan. President Reagan fully understood the importance of the arts to the formation of the nation's character.

Harlem Arts Summit 2012: Protecting Harlem's Treasures

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 11.27.2012 | Black Voices
Akoshia Yoba

For six years running, the Harlem Arts Allian is presenting a seven day series of mostly free events, designed to elevate the platform for Harlem's illustrious arts and cultural scene and to renew enthusiasm and support for its great cultural institutions and artists.

Blasphemy And Public Funding Of The Arts

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Is there really such a thing as "secular art" and is it as sacrilegious as so many conservative believers insist it is?

My Maine Inspiration: Following in the Footsteps of American Artistic Tradition

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.17.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Every summer I pack up and go to paint following the tradition of so many of America's painters from Winslow Homer to Alex Katz.

Meet The New Masters Of Jazz

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home

Since 1982, The National Endowment for the Arts has been awarding fellowships to a small cluster of jazz musicians (as well as jazz scholars, critics,...

Rocco Landesman: Too Many Theaters?

Scott Walters | Posted 08.26.2012 | Home
Scott Walters

Looking at the facts, exactly where does Landesman see too many theaters? Everywhere in the U.S.? I live in Bakersville, N.C. (pop. 357), and I haven't noticed the place crawling with actors and directors.

Poetry Out Loud Makes Beautiful Noise

John Lundberg | Posted 07.20.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

It was a long road for Kristen, who had to advance from her classroom to a school-wide competition, then on through regional/state competitions, just to make the finals in Washington, D.C.

Learning How to Be a Professional Artist Is a Lifelong Process

Daniel Grant | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

What was considered so important for artists to know back then now seems vaguely irrelevant. These days, the focus of artist-as-businessperson workshops and classes is not how to apply for money but how to earn it -- how to be entrepreneurial.

Not to Be Missed Japanese Paintings at the National Gallery of Art

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.27.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

One of Japan's most celebrated cultural treasures, "Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings" by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) is on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington through April 29.

National Endowment For The Arts Sharply Cuts PBS Grants

The New York Times | ELIZABETH JENSEN | Posted 04.26.2012 | Media

The National Endowment for the Arts made sweeping cuts in its support of established PBS shows on Wednesday, and for the first time awarded significan...

Art Criticism On Wheels, The Motor City Way

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.21.2012 | Detroit

When summer dies down and fall arts events pick up, be on the lookout for a brightly painted van roaming Detroit streets: The drivers want to hear wha...

National Poetry Month Feature: Geoffrey Gatza of BlazeVOX [books] Talks About the NEA Ban on His Small Press

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Questions arise about the viability of poetry publishing in an age of narrow audiences and little financial reward, and about gate-keeping, quality control, editorial integrity and the technologies of dissemination.

Beloved Arts Programs In Danger!

Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced they were considering cutting federal production aid for PBS Arts series by possibly over $1 mi...

Kickstarter Is On Track To Beat The National Endowment For The Arts In Funding

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 02.24.2012 | Home

Fundraising website Kickstarter is on track to beat the National Endowment for the Arts in funding, Talking Points Memo reports. In an exclusive in...

Artists on a Mission

George Heymont | Posted 04.17.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

Two hugely inspirational documentaries recently screened at the San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (Third i) examine artists who have found themselves (quite unexpectedly) on a mission that may well keep them occupied for the rest of their lives.

Military Funding vs. Funding for the Arts: What Does the Difference Say About American Values?

Brendan McMahon | Posted 10.12.2015 | Arts
Brendan McMahon

If we as Americans are so willing to grossly over-fund our military and defund our arts, our deepest expression of ourselves both at home and abroad is simply an expression of war.

APAP 2012: 10 Things the Dance Field Should Be Talking About

Marc Kirschner | Posted 03.10.2012 | Arts
Marc Kirschner

By the end of this year, globalization in dance won't be an emerging trend... it will be a permanent state of existence, and every company should be aware of their global positioning, even if they've never toured outside of their home city.

NEA Budget Gets Hit While Smithsonian Budget Sees An Increase

Posted 12.21.2011 | Arts

As a result of the spending bill that passed Friday, allegedly to avoid a government shutdown, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National En...

Can Art Scientifically Help Traumatized Soldiers?

Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts

Making art has been a longtime coping mechanism for pain, depression and heartbreak, but now art therapy may finally gain scientific validation as a c...

National Endowment For The Arts Saves Miami Neighborhood

Miami Herald | Posted 02.19.2012 | Miami

Can a few million dollars, a public art project and a bold redevelopment plan reverse the sliding fortunes of one of South Florida’s toughest neighb...

First-Ever Taskforce Of 13 Federal Agencies Will Step Up Research On The Arts

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.30.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — The National Endowment for the Arts is forming a task force of 13 federal agencies to foster more research on how the arts affect human...

Culture And Colors: An Autumn Sojourn To New England's Small Museums

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

In between museums I stop along the way... Late fall in New England offers some interesting exhibits for the cultural traveler and the last gasp le...

Romney, the Financial Engineer As Job Destroyer, Now Sets His Sights on the National Endowment for the Arts

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Mitt Romney proposes that we cut the National Endowment for the Arts budget. Well, that would help a great deal. That annual budget is expected to be $146 million in 2012, significantly less than Romney and Company made on the Dade International deal alone.

Art Prevails Where Our Government Fails

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.12.2012 | Arts
Raymond J. Learsy

Christo and Jean Claude, two immigrant Americans, are showing the nation the vitality of its arts and the creative process in not only enhancing our lives, but also as a tool for economic development and well being.

Bullseye! The Arts Are In Romney's Crosshairs

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come out against government-sponsored arts and cultural programs. In an op-ed piece that appeared in USA To...