Andy Shallal: Why Should Government Support the Arts?

"Simply put, arts and culture are the engines that drive business. Without the arts, businesses cannot thrive, neighborhoods decline and our quality of life is greatly diminished."

Ed Lazere: Why Should Government Support the Arts?

"Public support for the arts is important because governments should engage in activities that improve the quality of life in their communities, particularly by supporting things that the private market might not otherwise provide."

Try and Try Again: Lessons from Rehearsal by Heather Desaulniers

Should critics watch dances more than one time? One critic reflects on lessons from attending a recent rehearsal.

Before Fire by Patricia Spears Jones

Patricia Spears Jones writes about D.C.'s recent 2010 Split This Rock poetry festival. Photos by Jill Brazel.

Studio Space Wanted: Large, Well-Lit, and Cheap by Blair Murphy

Curator Blair Murphy writes about the ways we work: Talk to ten different visual artists in the DC area and you're likely to hear about ten different working situations, from former auto body shops to corners of studio apartments.