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While conducting interviews for the new issue of NEA Arts , we asked artists to tell us where they look for inspiration. Some cited nature or poetry; others look to cultural history or the visual arts. For contemporary bluegrass musician Chris Thile , collaboration has become a major means of...
The long, breathless wait is over: the new issue of NEA Arts is now live for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. This issue focuses on the concept of inspiration, and the many ways it can affect an artist's practice . As we conducted interviews for the magazine, artists allowed us to...
There’s community theater, and then there’s Michael Rohd’s version of community theater. As head of the ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre , founded in 1999 in Portland, Oregon, Rohd isn’t satisfied with traditional notions of community actors or post-show talkbacks. Instead,...
"If you're doing it right, it's all inspired work." —Marc Bamuthi Joseph Author Jack London once wrote, “Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.” These words imply what most artists already know: that inspiration is not a divine...
It’s rare that an NEA grantee doubles as one of Salon.com’s sexiest men alive. But for anyone who has read Justin Torres’s debut novel We the Animals , it’s clear that this is a rare writer indeed. Published in 2011, We the Animals is the story of how a pack of three young...
We love reading our favorite writers on the page, but seeing their faces on the street? Now that’s a special pleasure all its own. So feast your eyes on what happens when street art gets literary, and check out the unique ways Big Read authors and others have been used to transform our public...
It ain’t always easy to get recognition as an artist, particularly in Washington. We’ve got plenty of memorials for presidents and world leaders, and there’s no shortage of statues portraying generals on horses. But only one musician has been commemorated with a statue of his own...
To those that have been following what is going on in the creative placemaking corner of the arts world, there are probably a lot of questions at the moment about what the NEA's next steps will be regarding our creative placemaking work. In the spirit of openness and oversharing, I want to let...
Well, it was quite a show! Last night's 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert was filled with incredible music, moving tributes, and spectacular collaborations between jazz's rising stars and master musicians. Although the webcast will soon be archived online, we thought we'...
Well, tonight's the night you've all been waiting for: the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony and Concert. Before you tune into our webcast — broadcast live from Jazz at Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. EST — we thought we'd introduce you to Soledad O'Brien, who will be co...

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