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We know a lady never tells her age, but we can't help it--we're excited to be turning 50 this September! And how do we plan to celebrate? By sharing your stories of how the arts have impacted and made a difference in your lives. Whether you want to send us photos, make a video, sing a song, or...
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This year four new jazz notables joined the ranks of the NEA Jazz Masters: Carla Bley, Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, and Joe Segal. To celebrate we hosted--with our partners at Jazz at Lincoln Center--the #NEAJazz15 Concert Celebration on April 20, 2015. The following tribute videos debuted at the...
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In late January, author Dinaw Mengestu spoke at New York City's Bernie Wohl Center as part of the Goddard Riverside Community Center's Big Read kick-off event. We've excerpted a piece of a longer conversation with host Cary Barbor, where Mengestu delves into the importance of melancholy...
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The NEA National Heritage Fellows Concert Celebration is one heck of a good party, and what's a party without music? Not only do legendary traditional artists such as ceramicist Veronica Castillo, sweetgrass basketmaker Mary Jackson, or shipwright Harold Burnham give dazzling on-stage...
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Nothing says Happy Fourth of July quite like a YouTube playlist! The three videos below are just the tip of the iceberg. Visit our YouTube channel for the full playlist ! Visit the NEA YouTube channel to listen to and watch the full playlist! Happy 4th!
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You know what they say: in the end there can be only one. And at the end of the two-day 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals, that one was Anita Norman of Arlington, Tennessee. With bold, confident recitations of poems by Stanley Kunitz, Robert Hayden, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, the...
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Langston Hughes was never far from jazz. He listened to it at nightclubs, collaborated with musicians from Monk to Mingus, often held readings accompanied by jazz combos, and even wrote a children’s book called The First Book of Jazz . For Hughes, jazz was a way of life. He was, of course,...
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"The genesis to actually being a jazz player came from my desire to change notes in other people's music." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Keith Jarrett Today's our final video tribute to the 2014 class of NEA Jazz Masters featuring master pianist Keith Jarrett ! Don't forget to join...
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"Good players will say--don't specialize or focus on one kind of music. Do it all!" -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis Today we're celebrating 2014 NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis , a master bassist and educator. Join us to celebrate the entire class of 2014 NEA Jazz Masters on...
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"We didn't eat breakfast or lunch or dinner without my Dad putting a stack of 78s on the record player." -- 2014 NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold In today's video tribute, we celebrate 2014 NEA Jazz Master Jamey Aebersold , the recipient of this year's A. B. Spellman Award for...
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