ECONOMIC & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Tighe Bullock is working to building a vibrant, attractive downtown in West Virginia’s capital city.

Revitalizing Charleston, West Virginia Brick by Brick

HIGH SCHOOLS

2021 Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration now available on YouTube

Eighth of May Emancipation Celebration in Columbus, Mississippi now available on YouTube.

Arts

A Vibrant American Musical Career, far From America’s Cultural Capitals

What Larry Groce discovered by launching a national radio program from an out-of-the-way location

Arts

THIS IS WHAT WE TRAIN FOR

During our five years of travel around the country, my husband Jim and I often found that artists who revealed the perspectives on their hometowns were the people who stopped us in our tracks.

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Meet Erie: A rust belt region continues to navigate its renaissance through a pandemic

Local filmmakers take to their streets examines the economic, cultural, and social impacts of Covid-19 during the summer of 2020 through this short film series.

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THE ARTISTS OF LEMMON, SOUTH DAKOTA

The role of the arts in a tiny town with its sights set high

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‘This Is What We Train For’

During our five years of travel around the country, my husband Jim and I often found that artists who revealed the perspectives on their hometowns were the people who stopped us in our tracks.

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HOW ARTISTS BUILD THE SPIRIT OF A TOWN

During our travels to towns around the U.S., Jim Fallows and I have come across several artist-in-residence programs, for example in Ajo, Arizona; Eastport, Maine; and Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE CREATES A SENSE OF PLACE

We’ve seen artist-in-residence programs in a number of the towns we’ve visited. The first was in Eastport, Maine, where we ran into Richelle Gribble, a young artist based in Los Angeles, whom I consider an resident-artist extraordinaire. Over the past three and a half years, Richelle (as I’ll refer to her) has been an artist-in-residence in 15 different programs around […]

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Photos Can Trigger Change in a Town

Read the story in The Atlantic  here. Kononstev Artem via Shutterstock In 2008, National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb and photographer and former Second Lady, Tipper Gore, talked about the role of photography at the then Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The evening was called “How Photos Can Change the World.” Eleven years later, their comments […]

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A RIVER OF WORDS IN PITTSBURGH

As we've traveled around the country with our American Futures and Our Towns projects since 2013, my husband, Jim, and I have evolved from being skeptics to evangelists about the impact of public arts on communities.

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How Art Can Renew a Community

Children at an event put on by the Big Car Collaborative in Indianapolis Courtesy of Jensen Productions and New America This is No. 2 in a series of three videos from our friends at New America about the realities of community revitalization and economic recovery in the much-discussed Industrial Heartland of America. It’s based on an Indiana tour […]

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The Library That’s Also an Art Gallery

A "hub of Winston-Salem in touch with the people."

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Flying Down East

Headed back to Eastport

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Sioux Falls is Ready for Tom Hanks

A progress report

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‘A River, Not A Border’: Report from Brownsville

Striving together for good health and well being in a Texas border town.