On September 8, our founder rocked TEDxPiscataquaRiver with his talk “How the Arts Will Save America.” If you like what you see, consider supporting Arts in America on Patreon, a platform using a patronage model to provide backing for creative people.
Enjoy the latest episode of Two Minutes—unedited audio snapshots of our most intriguing conversations with artists.
Meet Joe Nathan Barrett, a music missionary we met in 2012, making his living busking on the streets of New Orleans. We’ll let him take it from here…
When we left him two years ago, Joe was content living off the grid (no phone and his email was shared with a friend) so we haven’t as of yet been able to catch up with his current whereabouts. But we’ll keep trying!
Special thanks to Juliet Rotenberg, who transcribed this interview.
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano (and Kansas City native) Joyce DiDonato has discovered the limits of social media. The singer has received the most votes in a social media poll asking who should sing the national anthem at each game of the World Series. To date, she has still not been chosen. In the meantime, fans have been content to voice their opinion of those who were chosen to sing:
The turmoil at Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and recent closure of Georgia Shakespearespark an outcry from local advocates for renewed investment in a state that ranks last in per capita arts funding…
Enjoy the premiere of our new project—Two Minutes—unedited audio snapshots of our most intriguing conversations with artists.
To start us off, we bring you Andrew Ward: scholar, gentleman, musician, and former New Orleans ghost tour guide. After taking his tour in 2011 we met him at a pub in the French Quarter where he delved into his passion project—“Wahida”—an album bridging the divide between America and the Muslim world through gospel music.
Take a listen…
Andrew now lives in Denver and continues his barrier-breaking work with the Entusi Music Festival, beginning performances in Uganda later this month.