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art and knowing in the room

Posted by Kelly Beavers, Dec 09, 2008 0 comments

(Kelly was a participant in the Americans for the Arts Knowledge Exchange, Public Art Master Planning: Developing a Plan for your Community held Dec. 5-6 in Reston and Arlington VA)

What a vibrant and energetic exchange! The room is resounding with willingness to share. Today's schedule was coordinated masterfully, encouraging learning and interaction, and inspiring individuals toward positive change. The morning began with a presentation by Robert E. Simon on the importance of Public Art to Reston's early master plan. His passion conveyed how timely the bravery of such an innovative development was.  Some of the success of his bravery is evident through the level of cherish-ment held by current and past community members. Simon led us on a walk around the historic elements of Reston, lit with his references to treasured memories - one in particular worth noting: a child embracing a Reston public sculpture so intently as to refuse to his mother to Ever abandon the new found play scape.

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President-elect Barack Obama on Meet the Press

Posted by Diane Ruggiero, Dec 08, 2008 3 comments

I wasn't sure how many of you saw the broadcast yesterday with President-elect Obama talking with Tom Brokaw.  But I was happy to hear them discuss the topic of culture in the White House!

Below is the transcript of the conversation.  Or you can watch it online at http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/28096829#28096829 (the topic of culture is at approximately 40 minutes and 30 seconds into the broadcast - last but not least). (You can also find this linked in the news section of the Americans for the Arts website, http://www.artsusa.org/news/national_arts_news/default.asp#12/09/2008_meet_the_press

Enjoy!

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Introduction, or Slathering on the Arts...

Posted by Alan Nunez, Dec 04, 2008 4 comments

First off, I'm grateful to be a part of this blog initiative. My name is Alan Núñez and I'm from the NYC metropolitan area. I live in northern New Jersey and work in Harlem, New York as the Associate Director of the brand-new Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center, I hope I can inspire some dialogue about the state of the arts, as it relates to our situation here. As always, I anticipate being highly stimulated by your responses and reactions, as well as those of my fellow bloggers. What a crew you've put together, Barry!

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Greetings from Asheville, NC

Posted by Diane Ruggiero, Dec 03, 2008 15 comments

Before I start blogging, I thought it would be a good idea to take a moment and introduce myself. My name is Diane Ruggiero and I am the Superintendent of Cultural Arts for the City of Asheville. My division is in the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department and I oversee public art, cultural arts programs at our 11 recreation centers and 50+ parks, and festivals. The position has been here for almost six years and my one-year anniversary is in January (although some days it seems that I’ve been here longer).

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