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Gard on the Back Cover of the 2012 NEA Guide


An eagle eye spotted Wisconsin's own Robert Gard on the back cover of the 2012 NEA Guide. The photo caption reads as follows:

Robert Gard (front center), director of the Office of Community Arts Development at the University of Wisconsin, with First Lady Lady Bird Johnson when she visited Spring Green, Wisconsin, one of the rural towns that participated in the NEA Arts in the Small Community project in 1966-1969. The pilot project, proposed by Gard, focused on increasing participation in and receptivity to cultural programs in five communities with populations of 1,500 to 10,000. The program helped stimulate the creation of local arts agencies throughout the country and was one of the first attempts by the NEA to improve communities through the arts. Photo courtesy of University of Wisconsin-Madison archives.