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Washington, DC David Straithairn, Gloria Reuben, and Jeffrey Wright in a Theater of War production. Photo by Paxton Winters. The lingering effects of war have long been felt by returning combat veterans. Some of the labels to describe these have included ?soldier?s heart? (Civil War), ?shell shock...
Washington, DC "The more I tried to get away from what was genuine in my life, the worse off the stories were," said Amy Tan when talking about how she began the writing of The Joy Luck Club, an NEA Big Read selection. In this excerpt from this week's podcast, she talks about how she...
Williamsport, Pennsylvania Brilliant Corners is published twice each year by Lycoming College. Contributors have included NEA Literature Fellows Yusef Komunyakaa and Camille Dungy and NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern. The proliferation of poetry on jazz---such as "The Weary Blues" by Langston Hughes...
Washington, DC Homei Iseyama, Interned at Topaz, Utah, Teapot . Photo by Terry Heffernan The first thing I noticed when I entered the exhibition, The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 , was the quality of the craftsmanship. This small but utterly...
Baltimore, Maryland It was wonderful to speak at AFTA to an audience of folks who I know really just get it when it comes to the arts. Photo by NEA staff It was great to be back in Baltimore this weekend for Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit. On my last trip to Baltimore as Chairman , I...
Washington, DC Our offices are located at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC in the Old Post Office Building, also known as the Nancy Hanks Center in honor of the agency's second chair who spearheaded the fight to find us a permanent home. NEA file photo Bright and early this morning,...
Washington, DC Tune in to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). The agenda: 9:00-9:15 a.m. Chairman's opening remarks 9:15-9:30 a.m. Congressional & White House...
Washington, DC A display wall in the main gallery at the American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy American Banjo Museum Last week we were delighted to discover that Oklahoma City's American Banjo Museum was not only the 800th museum to join the Blue Star Museums program but...
Washington, DC Tune in tomorrow morning, Friday, June 25, to the live webcast of the public session of the 170th meeting of the National Council on the Arts. The full session will broadcast on uStream from 9:00am-11:00 a.m. (EDT). What's on the agenda? The announcement of the new recipients of the...
Washington, DC How has opera changed over the last 30 years? NEA Opera Honors recipient Carlisle Floyd has a perhaps surprising theory on why opera has grown over the last three decades. [2:57] Listen to the entire podcast , with Floyd as he discusses the writing of some of his most famous pieces,...

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