Art Works May 19 2014

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           Newsletter: May 19, 2014
In the News
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Joe Wilder, recipient of a 2008 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in jazz.
Webinar Wednesday: Technology and Creativity
How will new technologies like Google Glass foster creative expression and learning? Join award-winning product designer and inventor Hayes Raffle this Wednesday, May 21st at 3:00 pm EDT as he explores this and other questions on the intersections of technology and the arts. Raffle is the Principal of Topobo, LLC and Staff Interaction Researcher working on Project Glass at Google[x], a research facility dedicated to making major technological advancements. Register now.
Art Works Podcasts
“The release of being able to actually tell your own story I would imagine is really profound. It’s a way of channeling those feelings into something else, something quite tangible.” In this week’s podcast, Josephine Reed talks with Adam Sherlock of “Sending Messages,” a podcast series produced by incarcerated youth. 
In Case You Couldn’t Join Us
In the second of a three-part webinar series, “Learning from Abroad,” U.S. and U.K. designers discussed the intersection of design and government.
Highlights from the Art Works Blog
Art Talk with Patrick Rosal: “There is no guarantee that art changes anything in us. But I like to think that I have inherited poetic traditions closely allied to a culture of work, and that culture at least partially consists of remembering, gathering, questioning, inventing, and naming.” In this interview Rosal–a poet, musician, and educator–shares his views on poetry as an act of community and history, art as work, and the tension between the traditional American dream and the life of the artist.

Announcing the new #NEABigRead grantees: Jan Schmidt of Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast–one of the 77 nonprofits recommended for a 2014-2015 Big Read grant–chats with us about the impact of the program in her North Carolina community.

Notable Quotable: Rajiv Joseph: Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rajiv Joseph talks about the inspiration behind his work.

Why Children’s Books Matter: In honor of Children’s Book Week 2014, New York Public Library Children’s Librarian Betsy Bird shares some interesting–and surprising!–facts about children’s literature at home and abroad. 

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.
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Art Works May 19 2014