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In this week's podcast, we go behind-the-scenes with Capital Bop. Writer Gio Russonello and musician Luke Stewart were used to seeing each another at one or another of Washington, DC's many jazz clubs. The problem was, despite the excellent and varied music performed throughout the city,...
If you're a regular reader of the blog, or you've heard NEA Chair Rocco Landesman speak, or you've just caught a glimpse of our logo, you know that to us "Art works" is more than just a phrase. Instead it's how we think about everything we support here---from the artworks...
In this week's podcast, we talk with clothing designer Yeohlee Teng. When Teng heard New York City's mayor announce possible changes in zoning regulations that protect manufacturing space in Midtown Manhattan's Garment District, she got to work. As board member of the Council of Fashion...
It's a great day for American literature! Today, the NEA announced $1 million in funding for the 2012-2013 Big Read . As we toast our 78 new grantees, we thought it would be a good time to remember the core message of the program: that reading can change lives, change minds, and change...
NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Photo courtesy of Ms. Hudson Ayanna Hudson. Photo by Gregory Gilmer After 23 years of living in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston, DC native Ayanna Hudson is finally returning to her hometown. Hudson begins today as the NEA's new director of arts...
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently announced that goods and services sold to tourists and travelers reached $814 billion in 2011. Travel and tourism, it should be noted, is not a unique economic industry. Rather, it consists of the share of output...
In this week's podcast, we celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting one of the great collections of American art. With curator Sarah Cash as guide, we learn what went into the making of the American art wing at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. As the first dedicated art museum in...
Contemplating Jasper Johns by flickr user a tea but no e Did you know that the idea to start painting flags apparently came to Jasper Johns in a dream? Did you know that history has a soft spot for jazz hands? When Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards turned the story of our country’s founding...
This week's podcast is the second part of our interview with Klezmer clarinetist, Mandolin-player, composer, and 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow, Andy Statman . While Statman is a musician who wears many hats brilliantly, he was honored with a National Heritage Award primarily for his work in...
Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...

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