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National Endowment for the Arts

Tomorrow is Independence Day and chances are you will be seeing red...and white and blue. But what do you really know about our patriotic color palette? Before you light your sparklers and flare up the grill, test your arts-based chromatographic know-how with this special red, white and blue...
As you've read our blogs over the past few weeks, you may have noticed a special emphasis on LGBT artists in honor of Pride Month. Recently, the NEA hosted its own Pride celebration, which featured a performance by Sax in the City, a saxophone ensemble affiliated with DC's Different...
[From the director of the NEA Office of Research & Analysis: Joanna Woronkowicz joined the NEA in early 2012 as Senior Research Officer. In her time at the Office of Research & Analysis, she gave considerable thought---working with the rest of our staff---as to how we should structure and...
This week's podcast introduces you to the talented and multifacted Manil Suri, who manages to excel at two careers: he's both a professor of mathematics and a best-selling, critically acclaimed novelist. His trilogy, The Death of Vishnu , The Age of Shiva, and now, The City of Devi, is...
In this week's podcast, Marna Stalcup takes us into the thinking behind The Right Brain Initiative , an innovative educational program from Portland, Oregon's Regional Arts & Culture Council. The goal of The Right Brain Initiative is to ensure that all children in the Portland...
This is the fourth summer that museums throughout the land are reaching out to military families and inviting them in as honored guests. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, some 2,000 museums will forego admission fees for the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard...
When it comes to water cooler talk, conversation generally centers around last night’s game, next summer’s vacation, or the latest office gossip. But a few years ago at Facebook, a series of comments on an internal message board (the modern version of a water cooler) led to a headier...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2011 NEA Opera Honoree Robert Ward. When Ward passed away last April, the world of opera lost one of its most remarkable composers. However, Ward didn't limit himself to composition: he spread his talents throughout the musical realm, working as a music...
In this week's podcast, we meet Terry Tempest Williams. Over the course of her 14 books, Williams has been celebrated for writing about the environment in poetic language that reads like a literary text. She's been described by Donna Seaman in Booklist as an author who is, "Scientific...
Here's a podcast to mark the finals of the NEA's national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud, which took place this week---and a big shout-out to the new champ, Langston Ward! In the past few weeks leading up to the competition, I've been giving a lot of thought to memorizing poetry...

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