Tagged: Pick

Biden’s Pick to Lead N.E.A. Sees Culture as a Community Building Tool

President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s new nominee to lead the National Endowment for the Arts is a veteran arts administrator and tenured professor at Arizona State University with a background in urban planning and a history of embracing the importance of the arts at the neighborhood level.

The nominee, Maria Rosario Jackson, is a recognized expert in creative placemaking, a process that leverages arts, culture and design to spur economic development in communities and promote social change. Colleagues said she will bring a public policy lens to one of the nation’s top arts jobs.

“She is one of our nation’s

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Arts & Culture Newsletter: La Jolla Playhouse’s ‘Pick Me Last’ challenges the status quo

Good morning, and welcome to the U-T Arts & Culture Newsletter.

I’m David L. Coddon, and here’s your guide to all things essential in San Diego’s arts and culture this week.

As gifted writers will tell you, they never know where a good idea will come from. Playwright Idris Goodwin’s “Pick Me Last,” created for La Jolla Playhouse’s 2021 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour, grew out of his watching an episode of “Top Chef’s” “Restaurant Wars” challenge. It occurred to Goodwin that the selection process was essentially the same as when children choose up sides for their playground teams.

“They

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