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2022-12-05 16:46:25
by Dan McCue
Biden Hosts Kennedy Center Honorees at White House

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden welcomed the 2022 Kennedy Center honorees to the White House on Sunday, mixing a bit... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden welcomed the 2022 Kennedy Center honorees to the White House on Sunday, mixing a bit of politics with good cheer and his full-throated support of the arts. On a glittering night in the East Room... Read More

2022-10-28 21:03:54
by Tom Ramstack
Howard University Gets Drawing Back After Judge Says It Was Stolen Art

WASHINGTON — A judge’s ruling last week allows Washington, D.C.'s, Howard University to recover a famed Black artist’s drawing that... Read More

WASHINGTON — A judge’s ruling last week allows Washington, D.C.'s, Howard University to recover a famed Black artist’s drawing that its attorneys say was stolen in the 1970s. The married North Carolina couple that held Charles White's "Centralia Madonna" argued... Read More

2022-07-28 17:32:26
by Dan McCue
Bill Would Bar Use of Lyrics in Court Proceedings

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democratic congressmen are seeking to protect recording artists from the use of their lyrics as... Read More

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democratic congressmen are seeking to protect recording artists from the use of their lyrics as evidence against them in criminal and civil proceedings. On Wednesday, Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., introduced the... Read More

2022-04-26 15:53:39
by Dan McCue
Supporters of California Arts Education Ballot Initiative Submit 1M Signatures

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and... Read More

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Supporters of a measure that would invest between $800 million and $1 billion to expand arts and music education in California schools have submitted 1 million signatures to qualify the effort for the November ballot. The success... Read More

2022-03-29 14:17:42
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Takes Case of Warhol Portrait to Determine Copyright Infringement

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case to determine whether artist Andy Warhol violated a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case to determine whether artist Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by basing one of his artworks on a photograph of the musician Prince. Both Warhol and Prince are... Read More

2022-03-17 22:48:46
by Dan McCue
A Rascal in the '60s Returns to the Road After Pandemic Enforced Hiatus

Looking back now, it all seems so guardedly optimistic. With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the United States during... Read More

Looking back now, it all seems so guardedly optimistic. With the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spreading across the United States during the winter of 2020, recording artists, concert venues, festival organizers and just about everybody else involved with the industry hoped... Read More

2022-03-04 20:37:18
by Reece Nations
Netflix Requests Federal Judge Block ‘Cuties’ Lawsuit

TYLER, Texas — Lawyers for Netflix asked a U.S. District Court for injunctive relief in a lawsuit brought by Tyler... Read More

TYLER, Texas — Lawyers for Netflix asked a U.S. District Court for injunctive relief in a lawsuit brought by Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin on Thursday. Netflix was indicted by Babin in September 2020 for promoting and streaming the... Read More

2021-12-28 18:25:19
by Reece Nations
Book Bans Part of Texas Republican School Priorities

SAN ANTONIO — Complaints to Texas school districts regarding books that discuss topics of race and sexuality have emboldened Republican... Read More

SAN ANTONIO — Complaints to Texas school districts regarding books that discuss topics of race and sexuality have emboldened Republican state lawmakers' calls for reviews of the reading material. Book reviews are now the latest priority of conservative groups which... Read More

2021-09-22 15:29:31
by Alexa Hornbeck
Dance Program for Those With Parkinson's Disease Comes to DC

WASHINGTON -- Dance for PD, an international dance program which teaches individuals with Parkinson's disease how to dance, will soon... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Dance for PD, an international dance program which teaches individuals with Parkinson's disease how to dance, will soon provide in-person classes in the Washington, D.C. area.  “When we opened up the dance center, we wanted it to be... Read More

2021-09-07 16:47:13
by Dan McCue
2021 National Book Festival Returns, Mostly Virtually, Sept. 17

WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress’s National Book Festival is back and will roll out over 10 days beginning Sept.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- The Library of Congress’s National Book Festival is back and will roll out over 10 days beginning Sept. 17, However, just like last year, its programs will be largely virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nobel laureate Kazuo... Read More

Historic American Church Set to Integrate Its Slavery Ties

The great contradiction of Boston's Old North Church is that a site pivotal to the freedom of the nation is... Read More

The great contradiction of Boston's Old North Church is that a site pivotal to the freedom of the nation is the same place where slave owners and traders once worshiped. Now, with a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for... Read More

2021-04-13 18:56:54
by Dan McCue
Spoleto Festival USA Resuming In Charleson

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston, S.C., is known for many things.  Southern charm.  Restaurants. Idyllic, Sun-soaked days. Being home to one... Read More

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston, S.C., is known for many things.  Southern charm.  Restaurants. Idyllic, Sun-soaked days. Being home to one of the nation’s busiest and most successful ports. But perhaps nothing brings more visitors to the city and the surrounding... Read More

2021-04-07 13:51:41
by Sara Wilkerson
Protecting the Arts in Higher Education

This week Americans for the Arts, a leading arts advocacy nonprofit organization, is hosting the National Arts Action Summit, a... Read More

This week Americans for the Arts, a leading arts advocacy nonprofit organization, is hosting the National Arts Action Summit, a virtual week-long summit that brings together arts advocates from around the country to hear from experts on arts policy, arts... Read More

2021-03-26 12:44:56
by Tom Ramstack
Devastation of the Arts Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON -- No one at a congressional hearing Thursday doubted the arts and humanities suffered severely during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read More

WASHINGTON -- No one at a congressional hearing Thursday doubted the arts and humanities suffered severely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The question was how much longer the government should continue to bail them out with financial rescue grants. “We know... Read More

2021-02-19 19:51:47
by Dan McCue
Your Land? My Land? An Author Ponders the Implications

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he... Read More

Simon Winchester has spent a lot of time thinking about land. As a student in his native Great Britain, he read geology at St. Catherine's College and, having become involved in the University Exploration Club, soon found himself a member... Read More

2020-11-30 14:14:10
by Dan McCue
New Book Offers Unique Look at Our Presidents and the Wines They Drank

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine... Read More

WASHINGTON - There has probably never been a comprehensive tome on the American presidency quite like this one. Entitled "Wine and the White House: A History" and coming in at 456 pages, this new, elegant offering from the White House... Read More

2020-10-07 19:45:46
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Staying Out of Steinbeck Family Dispute

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined to get involved in a long-running dispute among members of the late author John... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court declined to get involved in a long-running dispute among members of the late author John Steinbeck's family, leaving in place a $5 million award to his stepdaughter. The author of "Cannery Row," “The Grapes of... Read More

2020-09-29 15:59:33
by Dan McCue
Washington Monument to Reopen and Live Entertainment Returns in D.C.

The Washington Monument, closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 1.... Read More

The Washington Monument, closed for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public Thursday, Oct. 1. The National Park Service announced Monday that the monument will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days... Read More

2020-09-15 15:30:42
by Dan McCue
Smithsonian To Reopen Four Additional Museums on Friday

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution announced Monday that it will reopen four more of its Washington, D.C., museums to the... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Smithsonian Institution announced Monday that it will reopen four more of its Washington, D.C., museums to the public on Friday, with new health and safety measures in place due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The... Read More

2020-09-08 22:24:09
by Sara Wilkerson
NY Democratic Leaders Urge Congress to Pass RESTART Act

Yesterday, Rep. Antonio Delgado and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in an effort to... Read More

Yesterday, Rep. Antonio Delgado and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in an effort to push Congress to pass the bipartisan-supported RESTART Act, which will help live event venues, small and mid-sized businesses which have... Read More

Now Playing at the Mall Parking Lot: Movies, Drag Shows

NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Dougherty went to the mall last month — not to shop, but to watch a... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — Angel Dougherty went to the mall last month — not to shop, but to watch a drive-in drag show in the parking lot. “This year has been so anxiety filled and chaotic, I figured this experience... Read More

2020-08-18 15:27:07
by Sara Wilkerson
UK Successfully Hosts First Large Scale Socially Distant Concert

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on... Read More

The UK hosted its first large scale concert with social distancing at the forefront, bringing in 2,500 concert goers on 500 separate elevated platforms spaced six feet apart to see UK rocker Sam Fender perform onstage. The success of the... Read More

2020-08-10 20:09:06
by Sara Wilkerson
Nearly Half The World’s Movie Theaters Are Back in Operation, New Data Finds

Despite renewed concerns over a summer resurgence of the coronavirus, nearly half of the world’s movie theaters are back in... Read More

Despite renewed concerns over a summer resurgence of the coronavirus, nearly half of the world’s movie theaters are back in operation, according to new data from the United Kingdom’s Gower Street Analytics. Gower Street, a film tech company that provides... Read More

2020-08-06 13:13:40
by Sara Wilkerson
Digital Theater Initiative Raises Over $100K for Child Hunger Fund

The Homebound Project, a digital theater initiative created by a volunteer coalition of theater directors, producers, stage and screen actors,... Read More

The Homebound Project, a digital theater initiative created by a volunteer coalition of theater directors, producers, stage and screen actors, has raised over $100 thousand in its efforts to provide funds for No Kid Hungry, a national organization driven to... Read More

2020-07-28 20:36:24
by Sara Wilkerson
Permanent Closings Possible as UK Arts Sector Faces Ongoing Crisis

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector... Read More

As the United Kingdom sets out its plan of guiding and supporting its arts industry amid the pandemic, the sector remains in a state of crisis as freelancers in the British theatre sector consider leaving the profession and theatres face... Read More

2020-07-27 20:52:41
by Dan McCue
House Votes to Approve the Creation of a National Latino Museum

WASHINGTON - The House on Monday voted to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum on the National... Read More

WASHINGTON - The House on Monday voted to approve legislation that would create a national Latino museum on the National Mall. The initiative, which had widespread bipartisan support, passed unanimously Monday morning by a voice vote. If the measure passes... Read More

2020-07-14 19:30:50
by Sara Wilkerson
Pandemic-Related Challenges Loom Large Over Those in Arts Sector

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation... Read More

Angie Benson, a freelance theatrical musician based in northern Virginia, minced no words about her beliefs during a recent conversation with The Well News. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, “the arts are essential,” she said.  “Now more than ever,” she added.... Read More

2020-06-11 15:39:15
by Dan McCue
Lafayette Square Transformed Into Fulcrum of Protest Art

WASHINGTON - Days after the Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park... Read More

WASHINGTON - Days after the Trump administration's use of smoke bombs and pepper spray to push demonstrators from Lafayette Park near the White House so that the entire area could be sealed off with a temporary iron fence, the barrier... Read More

2020-06-03 20:14:49
by Dan McCue
Eagles' Henley Headlines Robust Debate Over Digital Copyright Law

WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of... Read More

WASHINGTON - Eagles founder and co-songwriter Don Henley urged a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday to stand by the side of artists he contends have been catastrophically harmed by a safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. When it... Read More

US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean... Read More

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to... Read More

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