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National Endowment for the Arts

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...
This week's podcast is a conversation with the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, Adam Johnson. We're proud to say that Johnson is an old friend: he was awarded an NEA Literature Fellowship in 2010. Since we were already familiar with his work, we weren't surprised to learn...
Simply put, Antonio Sanchez is a musician's musician. He has played alongside some of the greatest musicians in modern jazz, including Danilo Perez , Chick Corea , and Paquito D'Rivera , and has been an integral part of every project Pat Metheny has undertaken in the past 13 years. Of...
Today, the NEA announced $350,000 in support of 17 new research grants , which offer innovative new ways to measure the value and impact of the arts in the U.S. While descriptions of all our new grantees can be found online , we thought we’d take a closer look at a project from West Chester...
For Grammy-winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez, jazz isn’t so much a form of music as it is a way of life. Born and raised in Panama, Pérez began studying music at the age of three with his father, who worked as a singer and bandleader. He went on to study at the Berklee College of...
This week's podcast introduces Lynn Hill, an Air Force veteran, author, and performer. I saw her last month, at the Atlas Theater's annual Intersections Festival here in Washington, DC, where she performed her own poetry in Holding It Down . Holding It Down is an extraordinary theatrical...
I don’t have a single childhood memory that does not, in some way, include the arts. As the daughter of an opera singer turned voice teacher and a painter/pianist/playwright and elementary educator, my early life was saturated with visual art, dance, music, and drama. I would wake on Saturday...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
In this week's podcast, we meet 2005 NEA Jazz Master George Wein , who has been a legendary presence in the performance world for over 60 years. In 1954, he fundamentally invented the idea of the outdoor jazz festival when he launched the first one ever held in the United States in Newport,...

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